Summary: Chrome is in. Despite its limited scope and continuing overlap with tablets and smartphones, the Chromebook is looking to stay and stand its ground. We take a closer look at the 11.6-inch Samsung Series 3 Chromebook equipped with the same processor as the Nexus 10.
Pros: Inexpensive, Lightweight, USB 3.0 and HDMI, Easy to learn and use, Reliable 1080p playback, Good speakers, Inexpensive, easy-to-use and no frills notebook for anyone to use.
Cons: Average build quality, Chrome OS can feel limiting, Small 16 GB internal SSD, Average battery life, No RJ-45 or DisplayPort ports, Not bright enough to be used under direct sunlight, Longer battery life and a dedicated RJ-45 port. A larger internal SSD would greatly increase the media capabilitie...
Conclusion: For such an attractive price, the Samsung Chromebook 3G makes a nice laptop. It’s light, thin, compact, silent, lasts over 6 hours, and powerfully fast. It’s also easy and safe enough for kids to use with no moving parts within and low risk of malware infections.
Samsung Chromebook Review: Nice 2nd Computer for Web Users
30 August 2013
Conclusion: Who will enjoy a Samsung Chromebook ? People with simple online needs that want an ultra-portable machine for a bargain cost. Of the Chromebooks now available, the Samsung Chromebook hits the sweet spot.
Pros: Great battery life, Comfortable keyboard, Large trackpad for an ultraportable, ChromeOS simple to use, Easy to sign into account and it shows user content, Matte display doesn’t reflect light
Cons: Great battery life, Comfortable keyboard, Large trackpad for an ultraportable, ChromeOS simple to use, Easy to sign into account and it shows user content, Matte display doesn’t reflect light
Excerpt: In every single way, the Samsung Chromebook — seriously, that’s what they named this thing — is the lesser of the company’s two Chrome OS portables. It’s made with lower-quality materials. It has a smaller display. It has the guts of a tablet rather than the guts of a traditional laptop.
Pros: Pricing hits the sweet spot: 0 for the Wi-Fi-only model. Keyboard and trackpad are responsive and comfortable. Great for watching streaming video, video chatting, and working in the cloud. Good battery life. Supports multiple user logins and office Docs editing. Chrome Remote Desktop app allows y...
Cons: MacBook Air styling is more of a head-scratcher than a head-turner. Display is low-res and materials are far from top-notch. No keyboard backlight. No Bluetooth device support other than mice and keyboards.
Summary: I compared Chrome OS to Switzerland earlier. Now, after testing, the Samsung Chromebook makes me think more of a platypus, or maybe some sort of weird-looking pokemon. I also get the sense that it jumped into this world through a portal from an alternate universe—a universe where Steve Jobs never...
Excerpt: People laugh when I pull the old Samsung Series 5 Chromebook out of my bag. I almost feel the need to apologize for it when I turn it on: “Here’s a $450 laptop that just browses the web. Sorry, everyone!
Pros: Effortlessly light, Cheap, even by Chromebook standards, USB 3.0 and HDMI compatibility
Cons: Software still stuttery from time to time, Creaky plastic, Odd, inconvenient port placement
Conclusion: What the Chromebook does, it does well. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this is the best Web browsing experience that you’ll find on a laptop. It’s quick, smooth, easy to navigate via multi-touch scrolling and supported by a brilliant matte display.
Pros: Great user interface, Bright, pleasing matte display, Excellent performance (for the price), Long battery life
Cons: Chrome OS still lacks functionality, Poor connectivity
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.