Reviews and Problems with Samsung Chromebook Series 3 / XE303C12
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28 September 2013
Summary: So I'm pretty happy with this unit. Its awesome for just quickly checking my email, websites and watching a few youtube vids, due to its quick boot times. Battery is decent, has nice outputs and inputs (USB3, HDMI, SD Card). I only have 2 gripes about it. 1. The keyboard is horrible for the left shift key and the internet key. Both are smaller versions and there is a backslash +other key in both locations where there should be an extention of the shift / enter key.
Pros: Light, Fast boot, good battery
Cons: some minor lag on demanding things, especially when it auto-updates, Keyboard
Summary: A good option over a Android tablet if you really need a real keyboard. Otherwise its a netbook with a browser with smartphone like hardware. Nothing really impressive but its a $250 computer. Apps are hit and miss and your married to Google's ecosystem. Mine has been stable enough but the page loading speed is nothing to brag about. Yes, it boots quickly but that's to me is much less important then its performance using it which is on par with a netbook running XP.
Summary: This is a great product to use for surfing the internet, social networks, checking email, etc. However, if you need to use it for word documents, taking notes, or powerpoint presentations - anything to do with saving information - pictures, files, etc. - do not purchase a chromebook. Also, if it is not connected to internet, it is pretty much useless.