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. Can you go wrong with a $250 laptop?
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 capabilities of the notebook.
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. The Acer Chromebook looks too barebones and the Chromebook Pixel looks like overkill for a web only machine. A few others make them, but none look and feel as good as the Samsung Chromebook.
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: Google teamed up with Samsung and produced the Chromebook 550. Like other Chromebooks , this Google laptop comes with a standard 16GB SSD, but it has 4GB of RAM and a 12.1-inch high-definition screen and so earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award. The processor has a speed of just 1.3GHz, but since this is a basic, cloud-based laptop, you will find the speed more than adequate for most uses.
Pros: It has the highest screen resolution of any Chromebook. At 720p and a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800, you can watch clear high-definition videos.
Cons: The processor's speed is only 1.3GHz. The upgraded hardware also makes it more expensive than other Chromebooks.
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. And it costs less; only $250. But in actual use, the Samsung Chromebook offers more bang for your buck than its predecessor.
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: 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 launched the iPad and thin clients somehow really took off.
Okay, so at $249, the Samsung Chromebook can afford to be weird.
Conclusion: Hardware-wise, the Series 3 is a solid laptop. However, as with all Chromebooks, the sticking point is the software. With this model, you have the advantage of the low $250 price tag. That amount isn’t much for a machine that can do basic tasks fairly well, especially if you know you’re going to use it in areas where connectivity isn’t in question. Ultimately, the price may be the big draw for the Samsung Chromebook Series 3.
Pros: Good keyboard and touchpad, Speedy performance, Long battery life, Lightweight, yet solid build
Cons: Chrome OS still lacks functionality, Not enough offline apps, Display is dim
Conclusion: The move to ARM doesn't fundamentally change the performance or usability of the Chromebook. It's still a slow (relative to more expensive notebooks), limited use notebook. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to be aware of what you're getting into with this thing. The display is functional but not very good. Build quality is decent but the new Chromebook is still a plastic notebook. Thankfully the keyboard and trackpad are both pretty decent.
With ARM, has Google’s cloud-based laptop finally found its soulmate?
24 October 2012
Summary: Basically, this Chromebook performed like a Chromebook. That’s bad news for Intel in this end of the market, because it’s proof positive that you don’t need Intel-grade muscle to effectively power this platform. It’s also bad news for anyone who was hoping that the Series 3 would mark some pivotal moment where Chrome OS’s performance suddenly matches that of Windows or OS X.
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
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.