Samsung Chromebook XE500C21

  • Samsung Chromebook XE500C21
63
Based on 50 scores, 88 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    3
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    8
  • Bad:
    32

Pros:

  • Quick boot time.
  • Faster processor, more RAM than previous model make for better performance.
  • Improved Chrome OS interface with desktop and file manager.

Cons:

  • Limited storage.
  • Offline abilities.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechRadar on 80

Traditionally, we'd have said that a Chromebook isn't good enough to be your primary computer, and in too crowded a market with smartphones and even tablets, to consider as a second computer. Things change, though. It's not the technologies...

By Engadget on -

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...

By Computerworld on -

How much would you pay for a cloud-centric computer? With its new $249 Samsung Chromebook -- a system based on the idea of doing almost everything online -- Google is hoping it's finally gotten the price right. The new Samsung Chromebook runs...

By PC Advisor on 60

A year ago, we saw the first Samsung Chromebook and we were left feeling pretty underwhelmed with it. Not only was the hardware clunky and slow, but Google’s much-anticipated Chrome OS was far more basic and limited in what it could do that we...

By G4tv.com on 60

Video Review: The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is both fast and fun to use, with easy access to your favorite apps, cloud computing and more. Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira take a closer look at the notebook from Samsung for Gadget...

By Computer Shopper on 60

Samsung's latest Chromebook offers better performance and usability, but the price is still steep, considering the limitations of Chrome OS and the constant need for an Internet connection....

By Geek.com on -

It’s been about a year since the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook launched. In that time we’ve seen a lot happen with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome OS has also made for lot of news since then, but we haven’t seen it make major...

By LaptopMag on 50

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 offers an improved cloud-computing experience inside a slick and comfortable design, but it's too pricey given its limited...

By CNET UK on 40

Solid hardware and a slightly improved Chrome OS aren't enough to save the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 from the hordes of similarly priced but more capable tablets and laptops. There are way too many caveats and compromises for us to recommend...

By Wired on 70

When the first Chromebooks showed up, they felt more like reference designs than fully baked notebooks.Google’s initial attempt at a machine powered entirely by a web browser, the black CR-48, was a developer-only laptop with a slow processor and...

By Engadget on -

The Series 5 550 and devices like it aren't likely to take a big bite out of the consumer market until someone trims the price.After testing not one but two new Chrome devices, it's clear that Google's fledgling OS is more pleasant to use...

By Tech-Reviews UK on 90

After my time with the Samsung Chromebook Series 5. I must say I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen. I spend a lot of my time online viewing various web pages, Youtube, listening to music and this little device didn’t disappoint in...

By GadgetSpeak on 72

It seems about 18 months ago when Google first showed their Chrome operating system, this notebook from Samsung is the first that I have seen that uses it. Can we get used to an operating system that relies on the...

By Computeractive on 60

A good-quality laptop but the stripped-down operating system was frustrating, and it's useless without a net connection...

By SlashGear on -

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...

By Maximum PC on 70

Update: Since this review was written for the September 2011 magazine, Google has rolled out a ChromeOS update that enables Netflix playback and VPN (though not Cisco AnyConnect) support. If you’ve used the Chrome web browser, you’ve used...

By itreviews.com on 60

Sadly the good build, usability, battery life and instant-on features don't do enough to make the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook a device we'd want to recommend. If your computing life revolves solely around the cloud, you might consider it - but...

By ConsumerSearch on -

Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 netbook earns no middle-of-the-road reviews; writers either love it or hate it, based almost entirely on Google's ChromeOS operating system and its limitations. ChromeOS depends on Internet-based services and apps...

By Notebook Review on 50

The Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook offers some exciting advantages for a $499 laptop. For starters, you get contract-free access to the Verizon 3G wireless network and 8+ hours of battery life. Add to that a nice 12-inch matte display that is very easy to...

By Ars Technica on -

Although the simplicity and portability of the Chrome OS cloud model are intriguing, the software environment simply isn't competitive with more conventional Linux netbook platforms. There are too many limitations and compromises that undermine the...