Summary: 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!” The big Chrome logo on the machine’s lid is a constant reminder to passers-by that I’m definitely not playing World of Warcraft (perhaps a good thing), using Spotify, or doing a Skype video call.
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
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
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: No matter how cheap Chromebooks get, they will always be a polarizing class of product: there are some people who couldn't be paid to use a laptop where everything is done in the browser. That said, $249 seems like an appropriate price for this sort of device -- more so than $450, certainly, which is what the last-gen model sold for. At $249, this device's faults (a dimmer display, less processing power) are the sorts of shortcomings you can easily deal with.
Pros: Sharply reduced price, Solid build quality for the money, Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
Cons: No Netflix streaming at launch, Slight performance hit with an ARM chip, Dimmer display than in previous models
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: In many ways the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 - and indeed Chromebooks in general - makes perfect sense. Being able to throw open the lid of your notebook and get online in seconds, with little in the way of config or battery concerns, is a liberating experience. The Samsung design isn't going to give Apple any sleepless nights, but it delivers in most of the places it matters: the keyboard, the display, the battery.