Reviews and Problems with Samsung Chromebook Series 5 / XE550C22
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14 September 2013
Summary: These chromebooks are not made to satisfy customers by Google. They are made as beta computers or just inspirations to future laptops. Google has confirmed this boldly, saying that these are just tests, not made for convenient uses.
Summary: Can't run Googleearth. 3G was troublesome. Netflix, Youtube, etc. displayed only partial screen. The "fullscreen" display had a large border surrounding the actual video so it wasn't really fullscreen. ALL video files need to be uploaded to Google first before they send back the video stream. Documents need to upload to Google to get opened on the Chromebook. After 3 days I ask 'WHY am I doing this to myself?' and then sent it back.
Summary: I read a lot of reviews before buying this, and I've had it for about 6 or 7 months now and have put off reviewing it. I knew the main thing that I would be using this for would be for internet browsing, so it seemed like a good bet. I knew that I would occasionally be needing to use it for other things, but since the bulk of it was for the internet I thought it would make up for it. Plus, it's so lightweight and fast! How can you beat that?
Fan went out, freezes, Verizon a pain to configure, not a Mac experience by far
13 February 2013
Summary: After first plugin it in, fan starting making a clicking noise. Thought it would eventually work itself out and go away. I think it did, by malfunctioning. This is not a product you can give your older parents as I did. Complicated interface that is hard to navigate people through over the phone. Verizon data plan is almost a gimmick it eats 100 MB fast, and is a pain to configure. I would not buy another Chromebook for awhile.
Summary: I bought this computer thinking that I could do the most things I used to do on anyother computer with chrome and internet, But it`s not true, chromeOS can`t do many things that any other OS can do, like runing videos and moveis, listen music or even text editing. Like a early adopter user, would be nice if it was cheaper than it is, US$ 500 on a computer that can not be used like "real computer'' is not a good deal.
Summary: I am a professor and thought the chrome book would be excellent for my purposes. However, the operating system is incapable of reaching a website I must have in order to communicate with my students and post documents. If its purpose is primarily for online use, the operating system must expand its capability.
Summary: This Chromebook is a great idea, in concept. I like the quick start-up, the absence of endless updates and the relative seamlessness of the operating system and the apps. The Samsung 5 550 is nicely designed, comfortable to use, and fast and efficient. I don't think the Chromebook operating system is ready for prime time, however. Printing from the Google Cloud app is an exercise in frustration and a huge time-waster.
Summary: The first thing I must say is that the Chromebook is an attractive electronic. I loved it from the moment I opened the box. I even loved the look of the chrome operating system. Unfortunately, it didn't take me long using the device to realize that aesthetics weren't enough to make a proper computer. Everything you can do on a chromebook, you can ALREADY do. I somehow glossed over the fact that the chromebook is a machine to go onto the internet, and nothing more.
Summary: Boots fast. However it's just a barebones "operating system" with limited functionality and chokes when running flash-intensive sites or highest-quality videos. 16GB storage space is limiting and Cloud doesn't help so much knowing that you have to be in a good wifi network to have it work. For the same amount of money, one could buy a high-tablet, or a low end, but better-in-most-ways laptop.
Summary: My husband bought this because he thought it would be easy to use. One of the BASIC instructions that the touch pad needs to be pressed firmly was omitted. It took 2 computers to figure it out and even the Samsung help desk didn't know about it. He has had another computer for quite awhile and went back to using it and returned this one.