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Samsung Chromebook XE550C21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 863 reviews of Samsung Chromebook XE550C21. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Chromebook XE550C21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 717 user reviews of Samsung Chromebook 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 Laptops on Comments about the size and price are overall positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback.

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

Aug, 2017

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Review Samsung Series 5 Chromebook


First Netbook. Is Google's Chrome browser enough to be happy in the Web-world? We logged into our Google account. How much Office is actually possible with this browser? Do Google Docs, Picasa and DropBox suffice? Found out in our review.

Handy, hard-wearing, Bright display, Easy-to-use touchpad, Good keyboard, Long runtime, Good performance for the Web, DAU safety, High decree of Web & media capabilities, Mom and Grandma can surf with it without breaking anything

Software infrastructure is still under construction, Cloud-based operation needs to be rethought, Poor contrasts, Few connections, Printer, scanner can't be directly connected, Only wireless, no Ethernet, A better data manager

Jul, 2011

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Chromebook 2 review (11-inch, late 2014): Samsung's entry-level laptop returns with longer battery life


Samsung's entry-level Chromebook isn't perfect, what with its washed-out display, limited RAM and lack of a full-sized SD slot. Despite those shortcomings, though, it's still a solid choice, thanks to its premium design, comfortable keyboard and long...

Stylish design, relatively thin and light ; Comfortable keyboard and trackpad ; Decent battery life ; Fast 802.11ac WiFi

Lack of a full-sized SD card reader will be a disappointment to some shoppers ; Display offers limited viewing angles ; Other Chromebooks offer twice as much RAM

I wouldn't say the new Samsung Chromebook 2 is the best Chrome OS device you can buy, but that's mostly because it's just one of several good options at this price. In particular, it has a more premium design than its rivals, along with a comfortable...

Dec, 2014

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Samsung Chromebook 2 (Intel)


When it debuted earlier this year, the 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 impressed with its sexy faux-leather design and full-HD display. Too bad its Exynos processor wasn't up to snuff, even for Chromebooks, and its $399 price was a bit steep. The latest...

Oct, 2014

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Samsung Chromebook review (late 2012)


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.

Sharply reduced priceSolid build quality for the moneyComfortable keyboard and trackpad

No Netflix streaming at launchSlight performance hit with an ARM chipDimmer display than in previous models

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 of...

Nov, 2012

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550


A year after it debuted to lukewarm reviews, Google's Chrome OS is now in version 19, and with it come some improvements, such as a "desktop" and some offline capabilities. And the first new laptop running this software is the Samsung Chromebook Series...

Jun, 2012

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 review


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

Comfortable keyboard, improved trackpadDisplay is easily viewable outdoorsChrome OS has improved since launch

Shorter battery life than last-gen modelSpeakers max out at low volumeExpensive given what it can do right now

After testing not one but two new Chrome devices, it's clear that Google's fledgling OS is more pleasant to use than it was a year ago. What's less obvious, though, is to what extent the new Series 5 Chromebook is actually an improvement, and whether...

May, 2012

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5


While its Chrome OS has shown promising improvements since its debut—streaming HD video actually works, better file management, a new media player—the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is still a netbook and an overpriced one to boot.

Lightning fast boot times. Losing files to a hard drive crash isn't a concern. Big, bright 12-inch screen. Excellent battery life. Improved HD video playback. Samsung throws in a 4GB SD card.

More expensive than Windows-based netbooks. Media player is very primitive. Clickpad is a bit wonky. No Ethernet or Bluetooth. VGA requires a dongle attachment. File management is hard to grasp. Web Store doesn't have enough apps to make the Chrome OS...

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Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Jason Bouwmeester (

Samsung Chromebook 2 Review: Bringing Class to ChromeOS


As Chromebooks become increasingly popular, more options are becoming available for users wishing to purchase a light, portable, mobile computing solution. Samsung has updated their original Chromebook with the Samsung Chromebook 2 and we had a chance...

Overall the Samsung Chromebook 2 performed well, with decent color and sound for an 11.6″ laptop. As mentioned above, having 4GB of RAM is definitely nice and I am really fond of the leather folio look of Samsung’s offering. If you’re looking for a...

Jan, 2015

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Samsung Chromebook – Did Google Finally Get it Right? [Review]


I remember just a couple of years ago netbooks were all the craze. With the rising use of tablets and bluetooth keyboards, consumers started using netbooks less and resorted to full-on laptops and tablet use. As the owner of both a tablet and a...

Jan, 2013

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 Review and Ratings


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.

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

We really like the looks of Google's Chrome OS, and think there is much promise in online file storage and Web-based apps. But until fast, easy, cheap Internet access is available just about everywhere, we'll be sticking mostly to locally installed...

Jun, 2012