Samsung Chromebook (2012)

Verge Review

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. On some level, a chuckle is a fair response — the notion of spending several hundred dollars on...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Netbook
Thickness 0.8 inches
Weight 2.5 pounds
Operating system Chrome OS
Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
CPU brand Samsung
CPU family Exynos 5

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias XE303C12

Hardware

Laptop type Netbook
Width 11.4 inches
Depth 8.09 inches
Thickness 0.8 inches
Weight 2.5 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Chrome OS

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
Display surface Matte
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Samsung
CPU family Exynos 5
Model 5250
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz

Memory

Base RAM size 2 GB
RAM type DDR3

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 16 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Effective pixels 0.3 megapixels
Video resolution VGA

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 1
HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 3.0

Battery

Size 4080 mAh, 2 cell, 30 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Quoted time 6.5 hr

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8.5

Average User Review

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  • Performance 8
  • Heat / noise 10
  • Battery life 10
  • Software 7

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Ugelvidg (Currently owns)

    Just got mine, I love it. I have a few hardware issues but I am sure they can be fixed and have no issues with doing so. I have little to no complaints. Worth every penny I spent, zippy, beautiful, and as stated in the verge review, effortlessly light. I do product, app, and web design and with the amount of web apps now ALL of my needs are met. I d find myself jumping between apps a lot to do all of my tasks. The app store lacks a single program that does everything (in one area of work) that I need, but it's growing and I'm sure I won't be waiting long.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Veloz (Currently owns)

    For the price, is a great computer.
    Most of the work I do is online; I have learned to love Google docs and some of the apps in the Chrome web store. At the same time, SkyDrive is there if you do not want to use Google docs. The future is in in the cloud, 90% of the time I use my other computer, or phone is to get online, so in my opinion the Chromebook is perfect for people who just want access to the internet. The keyboard is great, but the touchpad no so much ( I don't like clicking sound). YouTube, and Netflix work great for watching videos or movies, but the display is not great (however, I always remember $250).

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    Reviewed by jackmcnally12 (Currently owns)

    Works great for what it is. I recommend this over any of the other Chromebooks.
    Well worth the $250 price tag, I don't own the LTE version, but the Wi-Fi only one works just fine.
    There's a reason it's #1 on Amazon.com for months running now.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jayefef (Currently owns)

    For the price, you'd be hard pressed to find a better, more efficient implementation of Google's vision of what the web and modern computing should be like. If you browse the web and use Chrome on a traditional desktop or laptop, you fully understand what you're in for.

    If, for some reason, you use, or need to use or can't live without software like, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Apple's Final Cut Pro or iWork suites -- you're in trouble. Google's versions of Office are acceptable and very adequate but there it takes a bit of getting used to a new workflow (don't forget about Office Web Apps in Skydrive!). But, if your work and personal use doesn't require that, the Samsung Chromebook is a fine solution and machine to work from.

    The keyboard is spacious, the touchpad is just OK. Two-finger scrolling is a bit wonky. It is better than other manufacturer trackpads that I've used. The display, at least on mine, is washed out. Coming from a 15" MacBook, it took some getting used to. The speakers are tinny and not the best for listening to music.

    Basically, I realized most of my laptop usage was browser intensive. About 97 percent of my work involved being online (the other 3 percent involved editing video or photos). This is the most reasonable machine I needed to accomplish what I needed to. If that sounds like you, this machine can be your next laptop.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Nathaniel.Kelley (Currently owns)

    The Chromebook is an excellent device, for me. And that is what I am basing my review of it on. I have my other computers and my phone as well as my tablet, but the Chromebook is not supposed to compete against any of those, The Chromebook, to me at least rounds out the experience of a modern connected life. I primarily use this product for taking notes in my courses as well as for light web browsing and really that is all that it is meant for. As a second device I would rate this product a solid 9, if you go buy individual ratings it would receive an 8, but it's very attractive price point really pushes it to a 9 in my books.

    See full review here: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/1/3826510/samsung-chromebook-review

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    Reviewed by montelco (Currently owns)

    As a whole, the Chromebook is a solid machine. It's fast and lightweight and perfect for on the go. The downfalls, however, are great. Personally, as a web designer, there's not enough to offer me as far as software that would even be able to compete with Dreamweaver. Unless you are doing software intensive functions and such, this laptop is fine for you. I hope this helps you in your choice of laptop.

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