Samsung Chromebook XE500C21
Quick boot time.
Faster processor, more RAM than previous model make for better performance.
Improved Chrome OS interface with desktop and file manager.
Relatively bright matte display.
Updated design with a complete (and much needed) redo on the trackpad.
Excellent video performance.
Smooth scrolling and snappy input.
Six hours of battery.
Login screen great for multi-user environments.
All your bookmarks and history can be synced.
Solid, portable hardware.
Multiband 3G radio.
Boots quickly, resumes instantly.
Applications automatically updated.
Easy to import settings from web-based programs.
Cloud storage makes it effortless to replace a laptop.
Considering limits of OS and hardware.
Offline document editing not yet available.
Doesn't support 4G.
No keyboard backlight.
No DVD drive.
Screen is dim and lacks sharpness.
Does not run standard Windows applications.
Essentially a paperweight if you lose WiFi or 3G access.
VGA requires a dongle attachment.
No Java support.
By TechRadar on May 14, 2013
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By Engadget on November 07, 2012
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 October 19, 2012
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By PC Advisor on July 02, 2012
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By G4tv.com on June 26, 2012
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By Computer Shopper on June 18, 2012
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By Geek.com on June 12, 2012
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 June 06, 2012
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By CNET UK on May 30, 2012
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...40
By Wired on May 29, 2012
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