Samsung Chromebook Review: Nice 2nd Computer for Web Users
30 August 2013
Excerpt: Can anyone get a Samsung Chromebook as their only computer? People on a tight budget might, if they only need something to get online. Others will like using it as their secondary Internet browsing computer. We could see students even using it full time at schools that use Google Apps.
Summary: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this could be a primary computer for probably 75% of the population, even though Google tends to market Chromebooks as secondary machines. Most people who own computers don’t do anything other than extremely light word processing and web browsing, anyway, so why spend $1000 when you can spend $250 for almost the exact same computing experience?
Summary: With this new Samsung Chromebook, though, Google has finally achieved a compelling and complete lineup of Chrome OS choices. At a starting price point of $249, it's a fantastic value - especially when you consider the included two years of expanded Google Drive storage, worth $120 by itself. I suspect this new addition will help Google amass a far larger base of Chrome OS users than it's ever seen before.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review: Taking A Second Look At Chrome OS
1 June 2012
Excerpt: In August of 2011 I reviewed the Acer AC700-1099, one of two Chromebooks available in the North American market. The review was almost entirely negative. The hardware wasn’t great and the operating system was a bit of a mess–capable of only the most basic tasks.
Excerpt: Google had been talking about an always on, always connected laptop which would be based around the Google Chrome browser for a few years now. Samsung is one of the companies that has created such a computer and it is dubbed the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. Look and Feel The Series 5 appears to be less than a notebook while simultaneously giving the impression that it’s also more than a notebook.
Summary: While there’s a lot to like about Chrome OS’ simplicity, the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook is still a tad too limited for most casual users day to day. The inability to install applications you’d take for granted on Windows or Mac will send many up the bend. Add to that the surprisingly high pricetag, and it’s hard to argue space for this in your bag with so many stunningly affordable tablets out there.
Excerpt: The name ChromeBook sounds like something Lil’ Wayne reads in bed, but it’s actually the brand Google has devised for a new breed of internet-addicted laptops. Built to be cheap and speedy, they won’t replace the MacBooks or Dell’s of this world, but Google clearly envisions a future where they’re the go to device for basic online tasks like word processing, web-surfing, and email.
Conclusion: The 3G version allows the user the ability to access Verizion Wireless mobile broadband service and comes with two years worth of 100 MB per month of it for free. That in my opinion doesn’t justify the $60 difference between it and the Wi-Fi only version. But that’s hardly the only issue about the price of the Chromebook. Strictly speaking specifications and standard user desire there’s no reason it should have the $430-500 price tag that the Series 5 does.