Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review

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15 Jul, 2011 10:00 pm

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Samsung has come out with the Series 5 Chromebook which is essentially a web based laptop where you don’t keep any of your information on the device itself but in the cloud. To break it down for you, we’ve got a list of advantages and disadvantages so you can quickly see where this device stands. 



  • 10 seconds boot time
  • Instant on from standby
  • Stylish design
  • Good keyboard
  • Noob-safe!


  • Limited OS
  • Average battery life
  • Average processing power
  • Too expensive


We’re really not sure what exactly to make of such a device, we understand the principal that IT departments won’t have to deal with maintenance of computers because everything is in the cloud.  We also appreciate the fact that if the 3G signal is reliable enough then you have access to everything you need with out having to worry about transferring it on to your computer.  However, we aren’t sure who really only need a platform that only boots into the browser and no way to add in their own applications. That all its information is virtual makes it like no other. Its still a new operating system so its quickly but the hardware looks good, since its a 12.1″ system its a full keyboard with the Samsung build quality that we’ve come to expect.

The bottom line on this device is that its expensive for what you’re getting. for the same price you can grab any new netbook that would sport the same pr ocessor and SSD, 2GB RAM & actually have a hard drive. You’ll have a system that’s faster have more memory and battery life and it’ll also be lighter.

If you’re keen to check out our video walk through its just below and the unboxing video right afterwards, if you’re after the Specification sheet of the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook it’s right at the bottom of the page.

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  • Display: 12.1-inch 300 nit display resolution, 1280 × 800
  • Weight: 1.48 kg
  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Battery Backup: Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage
  • Processor: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 Processor Dual-Core
  • Network: Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • Video chat / call: 1-mega pixel HD Webcam with noise canceling microphone
  • Audio: High-definition audio support
  • Storage: 16GB SSD mSATA
  • Ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • Mini-VGA port
  • HDMI port
  • Full-size keyboard Chrome
  • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

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