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Samsung XE550C21

Samsung XE550C21
alaScore 94

1156 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1156 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and usability. The portability and value for money also get good views.

performance, value for money, portability, 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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Samsung Series 5 550P5C-T02 Notebook

 

Made for Multimedia. The manufacturer Samsung has been particularly associated with the Galaxy S series of smartphones. However, Samsung is not an unknown manufacturer in the notebook field, and with the Samsung Series 5 550P5C-T02, it tries to make a...

Matte, bright screen ; Agreeable keyboard ; Easy to clean surfaces ; JBL's 2.1 sound system

High operating temperature ; Unbalanced interface distribution ; Poor image contrast

The operating temperature during load beyond 90 degrees Celsius on both CPU cores and 89 degrees Celsius on the GPU which are definitely too high in our opinion. That will likely be unhealthy for the hardware in the long run

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Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook Review

 

If you've used the Chrome web browser, you've used Chrome OS. Google's latest netbook operating system is little more than a very, very thin client underneath the Chrome browser, and a Chromebook is a netbook-like object that runs Chrome OS instead...

Solid, portable hardware; multiband 3G radio; file browser support; great battery life; great keyboard

100MB/month data allocation is ludicrous; needs more plugin support; too pricey

At its price, though, the Chromebook loses its luster; there are just too many things that it doesn’t do, and too few things you can’t get from running the Chrome browser on a regular machine. It’s a good secondary device for a vanishingly small...

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Review Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

 

First Netbook. Is Google's Chrome browser enough to be happy in t

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

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

Whoever wants to use the Chromebook for office tasks, which will need to be done in Google Docs with numerous extensions, should above all think twice here. For younger users, it should be easy getting used to this netbook. It's precisely these...

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Samsung Series 5 LCD TV

 

After the high-end Samsung Series 6 LCD TV we reviewed some weeks ago, it's time to look at a more affordable option from the company's new A series. The model in question is the 40-inch LA40A550P1. This is commonly called Series 5, and falls in the...

With decent brightness/contrast and great color, the TV impresses. But fine detail suffers, and motion, while above average, does drag things down – probably due to the sharpness problem. The price is Rs 80,000, which is acceptable for a brand-new...

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Samsung Series 5 Ultra

 

The Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch is a solid-performing Windows 8 Ultrabook with good sound, but beware of those sharp edges.

Accurate touch screen; Crisp sound quality; Solid and slim brushed aluminum design

Sharp edges; Keyboard feels stiff and not backlit

Click to EnlargeThe Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch lives up to its name in some ways, providing an accurate touch screen for navigating Windows 8 along with good overall performance and above-average audio quality. And while the battery life could be...

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Samsung Chromebook review

 

People laugh when I pull the old Samsung Series 5 Chromebook out of my bag. I almost feel the need to apologize for it when I turn it on: “Here's a $450 laptop that just browses the web. Sorry, everyone!” The big Chrome logo on the machine's lid is a...

Effortlessly light ; Cheap, even by Chromebook standards ; USB 3.0 and HDMI compatibility

Software still stuttery from time to time ; Creaky plastic ; Odd, inconvenient port placement

This Chromebook performed like a Chromebook

EDITORS' CHOICE

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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

 

Google's Chrome OS was going to change the world. It was a new, cutting edge way of thinking about an operating system. Software? Pffftttt…that's old school. Windows? So 2009. File managers? Haha, right. And I bet you use a Blackberry.

Great user interface ; Bright, pleasing matte display ; Excellent performance (for the price) ; Long battery life

Chrome OS still lacks functionality ; Poor connectivity

This laptop is a good choice for consumers who need portability but can’t spend a lot of money. Chrome OS is still limiting, but it does what it’s designed to and the Series 550’s hardware is an extremely good value.

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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

 

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 offers an improved cloud-computing experience inside a slick and comfortable design, but it's too pricey given its limited functionality.

Click to EnlargeThere's no doubt that the Chrome OS has improved by leaps and bounds. And Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 550 is a pretty slick vehicle for the platform, especially for those who have basic needs. The comfortable keyboard and bright...

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The Chromebook Finally Feels Like a Real Laptop

 

With Samsung's newly redesigned Series 5 Chromebook, it feels like Chrome OS has finally arrived.

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, and all your bookmarks and history can be...

No big disks, no keyboard backlight, no DVD drive, no Bluetooth, no other traditional laptoppy stuff. Speakers stink. Screen is dim and lacks sharpness. Could be lighter. The whole “Just the web?” thing doesn’t fly for everyone

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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.