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Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

  • 11.6 inches Display
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM 16 GB Solid State Drive
  • 2 USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0, HDMI Port
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Chromebooks are a unique class of mobile computing devices, designed specifically for Web-based tasks. They differ from traditional laptops in a few important ways:

Chromebooks run Web-based apps, not traditional PC applications.
Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft’s Office web apps.

You store your files in t

List Price: $ 249.00

Price: $ 249.00

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  1. Ryan says:
    4,944 of 5,089 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprises Inside and Out *STUDENT REVIEW*, November 2, 2012
    By 
    Ryan (North Carolina) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) (Personal Computers)

    I’m a student. I need something to carry around that I won’t worry about losing, breaking, or someone stealing. I won’t bring my Apple laptop to school due to theft increases lately. On that note, I wanted something for web browsing, typing papers in the library egg chairs and had a keyboard/trackpad combo. I found it.

    This is not for a poweruser. Don’t fool yourselves, people. It’s a tablet on steroids. Get that through your head when you purchase and use it. If you have any other expectations like some of the reviewers, well, you’re honestly not the target audience. It’s meant to be light and cost affordable. Sure, the screen isn’t high resolution and it lacks expandable RAM and HD space. That’s NOT what this computer is.

    I’ve had the computer for a few days now and I love it. It’s not super fast by any means; however, it gets the job done in regards to web browsing, finding papers for literature reviews and listening to rdio or Pandora. That’s what I need this for. And most likely the average consumer. Face it, most college students buy $1000 Macbooks to look cool. For what? To facebook, stream music, and browse the web. Most people who do photo editing buy the 15″ models with maxed out specs (like me). I don’t want to bring that to campus. That’s too much money to be slinging in my bag to just browse the web.

    So, let me be clear. This laptop is excellent. The build quality is amazing for the price. Build quality is great of which I was surprised. The keyboard reminds me of the Macbook and the track-pad keeps up with my fast paced motions quite well. It’s light and I can have four to five tabs open running different processes at ease. It does like to stutter when I do multiple things with a video running though. Expected for a tablet processor though. It keeps cool and charged for a days use. The front camera is great for chatting.

    I will admit, this little computer will replace your daily use computer you lug around currently. I used the Chrome Remote Desktop today on campus and was amazed at the speed and ease. I was using my Macbook at home on campus without any hiccups like I experience with Logmein or those other clients. Accessing the 100GB of free storage was as simple as clicking a link. My music, documents and life are on the cloud. I can access them with ease. Printing is no problem for me, either.

    This little beast will surprise you. Although, please, don’t expect the world from this laptop. It’s $250, folks.

    P.S. I typed this from the Chromebook. No problems handling my typing speed. And ask questions if you need them answered.

    UPDATE 11/24:

    I’ve been using this for a good while now and I haven’t had any regrets. The computer does what I need, when I want and I only miss running Netflix at school. That’s ok though, I have other avenues for watching movies. They do plan on updating and that’s a problem with Netflix, not Google. Printing is simple as it seems to be a very common question. To clicks on your computer and you’re done. They have been updating the OS and the Chromebook is acting a little better now. Overall, I’m still loving it. Just remember, it’s NOT for everyone.

    UPDATE 02/06/13:

    I love this computer. It is all I use around campus and for class lectures. I barely use Microsoft Office for my notes or spreadsheets in class. Google Drive and their office version is just awesome. If you do a lot of team-based activities, please, just use Google Drive. Keep your documents available to you at all times and collaboration is simple. It has made my life much easier. Just thought I’d let you all know.

    UPDATE 04/11/13:

    Netflix now works!

    UPDATE 07/10/13:

    Now that the school season is upon us, I thought I would go ahead and write an update of my handy-dandy little Chromebook. Let’s just say, it’s still alive and working. Drops, falls, and tosses across the couch and slides across the table this little tabcom is doing well. Software wise, Google has been working at it and getting all the bugs out of the system to provide an even more fluid experience. I love having the ability to use Google Print from ANYWHERE I am and have it waiting for me when I need it. Everything syncs up across platforms and this has really come in hand during projects. Just try the Google Docs as a team compared to Word with Review and you won’t go back when doing initial collaboration. Battery is still holding up to 8-10 hours (I know, right)- that’s with smart use of the brightness. I honestly don’t know what else to say. It works and is the perfect complement for my Macbook that is collecting dust at home. The Macbook is used via my Google Remote Connection and it’s just wonderful. No lag or anything like I’ve had with LogMeIn and the other one. And like always, ask questions if you have them. And I almost forgot to add that Spotify works in the browser just as…

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  2. Lance Haun says:
    7,878 of 8,310 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very good computer with a few drawbacks at a very good price, October 24, 2012
    By 
    Lance Haun (Seattle, WA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) (Personal Computers)

    ***Updates To My Review At The End***

    My background: I’m a gadget geek but I’m not super devoted to any platform. I do love Google’s web products but never used their hardware. My laptop is a 13″ MacBook Pro and my desktop is a Mac Mini that runs both OS X and Windows 7 (I spend more time on Win 7 these days). I have an iPad (3rd gen) and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx along with a docking station. My wife has a Win 7 ultrabook, Kindle Fire HD and Razr Maxx, all of which I purchased for her.

    I’m an editor for a web-based publication so my usage is primarily writing and some light (very light) image editing. I’ve done most of my writing on Google Docs for a long time because it automatically saves and I hate writing directly into the CMS. We also use Google Apps Business for e-mail, calendaring and doc sharing so that rocks.

    The last thing I need is another computer but Chromebook called to me. A couple of reasons:

    - The docking solution wasn’t great. The keyboard was crap, my phone got unusually hot and interacting with the CMS was hit and miss with the phone OS. It was good for e-mails.
    - An iPad with a keyboard is garbage. I’ve tried it and hit the same issues. It is just clumsy for my primary work. I still travel with an iPad because it is light and its battery is a rockstar and can do in a pinch.
    - The laptop is fine but it is a beast to carry. I just got back from a week-long jaunt to three conferences and I think my shoulder is broken from my shoulder bag.
    - I love my phone and tethering has been a lifesaver. No complaints.
    Okay, enough background. Now to the actual review.

    Unboxing wasn’t particularly impressive but I don’t really care. Standard laptop box with the laptop, an AC adapter and Chrome sticker. I plugged it in and it was at about 75%. Now about an hour later, it is nearly charged.

    When I pulled it out of the box, it almost felt like a laptop that didn’t have a battery in it (remember that?). Anyway, it feels solid closed up. I don’t have any problem throwing this in my engineer’s bag and feeling like it will get screwed up. The AC adapter is your standard black box with two cords.

    I opened up the lid and it started immediately. It asked me to connect to my wifi connection and then proceeded to download the latest update of the operating system (version 23 according to the info in Chrome). After a quick reboot, I put in my Google credentials and it loaded everything I use in my Chrome browser normally, including my apps and bookmarks.

    Opened up, the build quality showed a few weaknesses but nothing major. There’s a little give on the keyboard and palm rest. I didn’t feel any problems holding the laptop from its corner. It feels very solid overall. The thing to remember, of course, is that I came from a unibody MacBook Pro so take that for what it is worth.

    The keyboard blew my expectations away. I figured it would be fairly cramped and that my typing speed would suffer. I figured the action wouldn’t be very good either. But, coming from a MacBook Pro chiclet keyboard to this was a cinch. I feel very little difference in typing speed or accuracy. This was really a big deal for me. I tried the HP Mini a few years ago and it was awful. A few millimeter difference is it.

    The trackpad is very good though not as top notch of a comparison as the keyboard. It is very Mac-like in using it. The two finger swipe gestures, right-clicking, dragging, etc… it all operated like I expected. I’m a tapper, not a clicker so that may have something to do with it. It doesn’t seem like it is quite as accurate or response as the MacBook Pro but still very good.

    The screen isn’t great but it isn’t a dealbreaker. For text, it performs adequately but not spectacularly. For video, it is quite adequate, maybe above average but again, not fantastic. The screen brightness isn’t what it could be, I feel like it is a tick or two off what should be standard brightness. But, I am also used to glossy screens and even with the brightness, the matte screen seems to do okay. I work right next to south-facing windows and even though we have no sun here in Seattle, it gets fairly bright and it seems good in these conditions. The viewing angles aren’t going to impress anyone but it works for me.

    The speakers seem to be pretty good and loud enough. They are optimal for use on a desk rather than a lap though as the sound gets muffled a bit by clothing. I put on Pandora One and the sound through my nice $100 studio headphones sounds pretty good with the top volume topping out just right. Using my Apple headphone/mic combo, it worked well in a hangout. One thing is that the headphone jack seems very tight.

    I hit my first snag when I tried to do HDMI out. It didn’t seem to work. Then I read a bit more and got it to work with the Ctrl+Full Screen and that seemed to do it…

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  3. Prime Risk "primerisk" says:
    115 of 120 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Chromebook perspective from an IT Geek, November 21, 2012
    By 
    Prime Risk “primerisk” (Denver, CO) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) (Personal Computers)

    First off, I am an admitted IT Geek. I have a computer science degree and have spent my entire career working in IT on everything from mainframes to wearable computers. I really know computers inside and out. I want to provide some perspective about the Chromebook by a person who spends 10-12 hours on some type of computing device every day.

    So why would I ever buy a device like this? Well, I ordered the Chromebook to evaluate it for my parents. They are not tech savvy at all. They have a Kindle Fire and an iPad, but when they do write e-mails and want to do other tasks, the pads are just not enough. They are computer users and media consumption people. What I found out during my work with the Chromebook is that it is the right computer for me too. Now, off to the review…

    First off the Google Chromebook is computer unlike anything coming from the minds of Apple or Microsoft. Something on the surface that an IT Geek like me probably wouldn’t like. It doesn’t have a full-blown operating system like OSX nor is it a mobile platform like Android. It is something in between, it is ChromeOS. It is very fast, very reliable, and is perfect for doing your everyday tasks. If you mostly read e-mail, write notes, run spreadsheets, develop presentations, chat, Facebook, and surf, you should read on.

    The Samsung Chromebook is very sleek, thin, and light. It is somewhat similar in form to a Macbook Air, but it’s also close to a number of the new Ultrabooks. The feel in hand is very solid and doesn’t seem like a $249 computer. The keyboard is very good; very solid feel and great action. If you type quickly (100+ wpm), you’ll be happy to know this keyboard can keep up with you. The only better keyboard I’ve used in recent memory is the Air, but it’s not far off.

    When you open the box and lift the lid it automatically starts up in under 10 seconds. This is not coming up from sleep mode. That’s its boot time from a cold start. The setup process is as painless as it can be. Attach it to your wireless network and if you have a gmail account, just login and you are done. I up and reading e-mail in my account in less than 5 minutes. The last out of the box Windows experience took nearly an hour before I was through all of the setup questions, patches, and add-ons.

    Now that you are logged in, the simplicity of the system reveals itself. Effectively the entire Chromebook is a dedicated Chrome browser. Almost everything you do is in a Chrome browser window. There are applications included and that can be installed, but they all run inside of the Chrome framework. It is a new way to think about computing. And boy is it fast.

    About the speed: Wow is the best way to describe it. I dare you to find a browser that is as responsive as the Chrome broswer on ChromeOS. All running on a tiny little ARM processor. This tiny little ARM processor is what gives the Chromebook its 7+ hour run time on a single charge. In practice a lot of this depends on what you are doing. If you want to stream 7 hours of YouTube videos, you’re probably going to be disappointed, but for practical all-day off the charger use, I’m seeing that performance easily. It also charges like lightening, so if you throw it on the charger for an hour at lunch, you won’t need to worry about it into the evening.

    Back to why I am keeping the Samsung Chromebook. The device does what I need to do 95% of the time during my work day and 99% for the rest of my life. All of this in a very sleek, inexpensive, and portable package. I still have my work computer, a Lenovo i7 based monster, but it is huge, heavy, and doesn’t have nearly the battery life or portability of the Chromebook. I now leave that laptop in the docking station on my desk and carry around the Chromebook and that is the computer I take home. I suppose if I was still spending the majority of my time writing C# I would need a different tool, but the Chromebook is the right tool for me.

    Pros and Cons?

    This introduces an interesting point of view. What can we really compare the Chromebook to? There is nothing else that is in it’s class, so I guess I’ll focus primarily on functionality.

    Pros:
    -Inexpensive (I didn’t say cheap)
    -Light
    -Fast
    -All Google-Centric (this can also be a Con)
    -Very simple to setup and use
    -Long battery life
    -Good build quality
    -Good keyboard
    -Good library of add-on applications (yes, another app store)
    -Everything for one price (Hardware, Operating System, Storage, Office Applications)

    Cons:
    -Not a full-blown operating system
    -Doesn’t run Mac, iOS, Windows, or Android applications…none of them, it can’t
    -All Google-Centric (this can also be a Pro)
    -Some apps you know and love aren’t available yet, maybe never (Netflix is one)
    -Not as mainstream as either…

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