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Samsung XE550C21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 733 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and performance. The portability and keyboard also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the screen. There are some critical reviews about the battery and usability.

price, keyboard, portability, performance, design

usability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung XE550C21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung XE550C21


alaTest has collected and analysed 706 user reviews of Samsung XE550C21 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Chromebook Wifi (Launched Oct 2012)

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Samsung Chromebook review (late 2012)


More Info Google launches 11.6-inch ARM-based Samsung Chromebook: $249, 6.5-hour battery, 1080p video Hands-on with Google's $249, ARM-based

Sharply reduced price ; Solid build quality for the money ; Comfortable keyboard and trackpad

No Netflix streaming at launch ; Slight performance hit with an ARM chip ; Dimmer display than in previous models

Chromebooks will always be polarizing, but at $249 the price is far more appropriate than it had been. We recommend it for schools and people looking for a cheap second laptop.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 review


More InfoSamsung Chromebook Series 5 reviewSamsung is refreshing the Series 5 Chromebook, releasing the Chromebox in Q2Chrome OS review (version

Comfortable keyboard, improved trackpad ; Display is easily viewable outdoors ; Chrome OS has improved since launch

Shorter battery life than last-gen model ; Speakers max out at low volume ; Expensive given what it can do right now

Though Chrome OS has come a long way, this particular device has disappointing battery life and feels slightly overpriced given what it can do.


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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550


Editors' note (October 18, 2012): In addition to the Chromebook reviewed here, Samsung now offers a newer $249 model .

The 2012 Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 has more RAM, an improved Chrome OS, and a faster processor than the previous version.

A relatively high price, the need to always be online, and the general limitations of the Chrome OS make it tough to recommend this Chromebook over a less expensive laptop or tablet.

Despite solid hardware and a slightly improved Chrome OS, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 comes with far too many caveats and compromises compared with similarly priced but more-capable tablets and laptops.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550


When we looked at Samsung's first Chromebook in mid-2011, we were intrigued by the compact laptop's browser-based Google Chrome operating system, speedy boot time, and excellent battery life, which surpassed the seven-hour mark in our streaming-video...

Quick boot time ; Faster processor, more RAM than previous model make for better performance ; Improved OS feels less like "just a browser

Limited storage, offline abilities ; Much shorter battery life than previous Chromebook ; Pricey, considering limits of OS and hardware

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.

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Review: Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550


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 headway into its target...


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Samsung Chromebook 550


The Samsung Chromebook 550 gives you the best of Google. Apps like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts come ready to work right out of the box. There are also thousands of other applications you can download. You get 100GB of free Google Drive storage...

It has the highest screen resolution of any Chromebook. At 720p and a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800, you can watch clear high-definition videos

The processor's speed is only 1.3GHz. The upgraded hardware also makes it more expensive than other Chromebooks

The Samsung Chromebook 550 is the best in a small lineup of Chromebooks. The 550 has a 12.1-inch high-definition display. There is also optional 3G coverage.

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Samsung Chromebook 550 review


Does the new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook overcome past problems?

Improved speed ; Fast boot up ; Attractive design ; Light and compact ; Support for 3G mobile internet

Underpowered for HD ; Not as intuitive as a tablet ; Not suitable as your main PC ; Redundant if no internet

So without being able to recommend the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook as your only computer, does it do enough to warrant you buying it to go alongside your existing laptop, desktop or all-in-one? Sadly, not.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 review


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 it.

4GB RAM ; Improved Chrome OS ; Faster processor than the previous version

Relatively high price ; Need to always be online ; Limitations of Chrome OS

If you eat, sleep and breathe Google services, the Chromebook 5 550 could work for you. Everyone else: get a Windows 7 laptop. You'll get much more storage and functionality, and a bigger screen for less money -- Toshiba, HP and others offer...

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Samsung Chromebook


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 Internet?

I found the Samsung Chromebook at £349 for the Wi-Fi only version on the link below with free delivery

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"Frees you from a specific device. Great buy."


This is a great product. This is the type of device that students and people looking to be ahead of the learning curve should purchase. It helps you become a more cloud based person (this is a good thing). That way you can get access to your important...

Lightweight (easy to carry in my backpack or hand)

Price could be a little bit lower