Samsung Chromebook XE500C21 H02UK Review posted on
12.1 inch 3G Netbook
If you wish solely to consume online content then the beautiful design of the Samsung Chromebook arguably lets you do this with more grace than a tablet or netbook and it has superb battery life. For technophobes it also offers a get up and go solution that is unsurpassed in its simplicity.The problem is theory does not live up to reality. More portable devices like smartphones and tablets use a mix of offline and online functionality to create far more powerful and flexible solutions making Chrome feel unnecessarily limited. Meanwhile the RRP pushes it too close to budget laptop prices.
Rating: 3

Specifications

System

Category: 3G
Released: August 2011
RRP: £399
Display: 12.1 inch Anti-glare LCD (LED-lit) (1280x800 px
Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom Dual Core N570 (2 cores)
Memory: 2 GB DDR2
OS: Google Chrome OS
Warranty: 1 Year Collect-and-Return

Storage

Type: SSD
Capacity: 16 GB
Optical Drive: None

Multimedia

Webcam:
Microphone:

Connectivity

Express Card Slot: None
Memory Card Reader:
USB 3.0: 0
USB 2.0: 3
IEEE 1394 (FireWire):
eSATA: 0
VGA:
DVI:
HDMI:
DisplayPort:

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 20 mm
Width: 294 mm
Depth: 220 mm
Weight: 1.3 kg

Communications

Ethernet (LAN): None
Wi-Fi (WLAN): B/G/N
Mobile Broadband (WWAN):
Bluetooth: None

Graphics

GPU: Intel GMA 3150
Memory: Shared
Type: Integrated
3DMark06: 144

Power

A.C. Power Adapter: 40 W
Battery Capacity: 44 WHr
Battery Size: 6-Cell
Battery Life: 8 hours

Reviews

TrustedReviews  
If you wish solely to consume online content then the beautiful design of the Samsung Chromebook arguably lets you do this with more grace than a tablet or netbook and it has superb battery life. For technophobes it also offers a get up and go solution that is unsurpassed in its simplicity.The problem is theory does not live up to reality. More portable devices like smartphones and tablets use a mix of offline and online functionality to create far more powerful and flexible solutions making Chrome feel unnecessarily limited. Meanwhile the RRP pushes it too close to budget laptop prices.
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Cnet  
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is well-built and pleasingly portable, but Chrome OS feels more like an experiment than a finished, polished product. We reckon the price tag is also too steep for a no-frills laptop, especially when you can buy a decently performing netbook such as the Toshiba NB520 for about £70 to £120 less. Still, all experiments have to start somewhere, and it's almost certain that we'll all be increasingly living in the cloud as technology marches on. We may well soon find ourselves looking back fondly at the Series 5 and musing That's where it all began.
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TechRadar  
It is very early days for both Chrome OS and the Chromebooks that run it. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook gets enough of the basics right that we can see the potential of the new operating system. However it is not the strong start we'd have hoped for. We can see the logic in keeping the hardware simple when it keeps the performance streamlined and costs down. However in this case the hardware is just a bit too weak for any tasks more strenuous than viewing a website, and for a price that rivals more powerful and more feature-rich laptops.
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