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Samsung Chromebook 2 / XE503C12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Samsung Chromebook 2 / XE503C12. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and usability. The design and battery also get good feedback, but the performance and screen get mixed views. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and price.

portability, battery, design, usability, keyboard

price, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Chromebook 2 / XE503C12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-inch, Intel Celeron) review: A stronger Chromebook in more ways than one

 

If you put Samsung's newest 11-inch Chromebook 2 next to the Chromebook 2 it released in April, you probably wouldn't be able to tell them apart save for its silver lid.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Celeron offers sturdier construction than your average Chromebook with good performance with more than 7 hours of battery life, a responsive touchpad and a comfortable keyboard given the 11.6-inch size. Live video...

The display quality is disappointing even for an inexpensive laptop. Memory is fixed at 2GB.

Samsung keeps the nice-looking design of its previous 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 while making it a little more durable and puts live support help just a click away, making it a noteworthy update to the company's Chrome-computing lineup.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2

 

The Samsung Chromebook 2 boasts a sleek design, sharp HD display and impressive battery life, but it's not the fastest option.

Sharp full-HD display; Long battery life; Sleek lightweight design; Useful software selection

Slower performance than Intel Chromebooks'; Bottom runs warm; microSD card instead of full SD card slot

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: A $400 laptop never looked so good

 

Chromebooks seem to be having a moment. Which is odd, because for a while there, nobody seemed to be giving them a chance. Since the first Chromebook cam

Stylish design, relatively thin and light ; Sharp display, especially for this price ; Comfortable keyboard and trackpad ; Long battery life

Pricier than other Chromebooks ; Performance likely weaker than soon-to-be-released Core i3 Chromebooks ; Lack of a full-sized SD card reader will be a disappointment to some shoppers ; Viewing angles aren't very good

Chromebooks will never be for everyone, but assuming you're game, the 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 is the one we recommend. Its sharp display, stylish design, long battery life and comfortable keyboard make it worth the premium over competing models.

May, 2014
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Expert review by: David Pierce (theverge.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 review

 

Two years ago, Samsung made the first great Chromebook. It was thin, and light, and had good battery life, but most of all it was a different kind of computer. Chrome OS wasn't like Windows, which can do absolutely everything on earth including a...

Simple, useful design ; Good keyboard and trackpad ; Cool and quiet

Just can't keep up with complex uses ; Display is pixelated and washed out ; Everything's a little cramped

Not worth the money you save over the larger Chromebook 2

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2

 

Samsung has long been a champion of the Chromebook. Since releasing the very first commercially available model back in 2011, it's been steadily trickling out new models, despite a lukewarm reception from consumers. The Samsung Chromebook 2 is the...

A classy Chromebook with a price that's a little on the high side

Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Perfect for me!

 

This is exactly what I was looking for as a bridge between my Asus tablet and a full sized laptop

It's not compatible with my school's student data base (RenWeb), but I think that is their problem, not my Chromebook's ; Also, it takes a little while to get used to everything being online rather than in an actual app as on a tablet, but I knew that...

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: George (newegg.com)

Get one. Now.

 

Pros and Cons are irrelevant when technology fills a void such as this. Got a nice pc or laptop? a great android smartphone? smart tv? Then you want a Chromebook. This computer will be the hub to control them all. My phone is now only a pocket tool for...

Came with a promotional 1TB free storage from Google Drive for 2yrs. 1TB would be $9.99/month otherwise. Chromebooks use Google Drive as standard storage like a normal pc would use a hard drive. This makes your files directly accessible from all other...

Would be nice to have a touch screen. Who am I kidding though? For the price I can't complain. If you can find one and can afford it, get it

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: Jorell Y. (newegg.com)

Excellent product!

 

Fantastic machine - if you aren't sure if you would like a Chromebook, try using ONLY Chrome on a device for a week or so to see if it's something you would genuinely be able to enjoy and utilize. Not sure about Chromebook? ***If you do not actively...

see Egg score for Pro/Con weighting ; AFTER 6 MONTHS ; Boot-up: 1-4 seconds in all scenarios ; Weight: perfect portability around the home ; Keyboard: great feel and silent depress ; Video out: delivers HD video with no visual degradation ; Battery...

see Egg score for Pro/Con weighting ; AFTER 6 MONTHS ; Slowness: can occasionally get some processing lag, always resolved with reboot (however, I always have 7-10 extensions running - to take it for it's worth) ; Printing: can be difficult to...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

I hate the Chrome book

 

I really want to return this, but your website will not let me select the item in able to return it.

Viral protection

it cannot be used for almost anything, without internet

Sep, 2014

Consumer review by: NewChromeDude (newegg.com)

Great as a 2nd computer

 

Ordered it Wednesday at noon it arrived Thursday at 3pm -I was worried that the white might discolor, but after unboxing it appeared that the materials are very nice and would be easy to clean were that to happen.

Great battery (Advertised 8 hrs, more like 7 in real life) ; Build quality is stellar. Solid parts, track pad and keyboard feel smooth and controlled ; Quiet/Cool (No moving parts at all) ; 100gb of Google Drive storage with purchase ; Boot from cold...

power cable is strange (large/bulky) ; viewing angle on the screen is worse than most screens but not terrible. For everyday web surfing it is good

Aug, 2014
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