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Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12. 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. Reviewers really like the reliability and battery. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the performance, and some have doubts about the energy efficiency and price.

portability, usability, design, battery, reliability

screen, price, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-Inch, Jet Black) (Black)Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-Inch, Jet Black) (Black)

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch / XE503C12 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the usability and performance. The reliability and design are also appreciated. The sound and portability get less positive reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

design, reliability, performance, usability

portability, sound

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-Inch, Classic White)Samsung Chromebook 2 (11.6-Inch, Classic White)

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Gordon Ung (maximumpc.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 Review

 

Insane battery life, pedestrian performance

May, 2015

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

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

Expert review by: Scott Gilbertson (wired.com)

Review: Samsung Chromebook 2

 

If your top priorities in a Chromebook are price, speed, and battery life, you should consider Samsung's latest Chromebook 2.

A solid, well-built chassis give this Chromebook a more serious feel (faux leather, not so much). Impressive battery life means you can leave the cord at home. The price is right

2GB of RAM. Really Samsung? Really? TN display just barely qualifies as HD. Lack of standard SD Card slot means you’ll need an USB adapter

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch, Intel Celeron

 

The lid does have the same leather-like treatment to as the earlier model, though, making it look and feel a bit nicer than the lids of other Chromebooks. The new version also has the same 1,366x768-pixel-resolution, 11.6-inch LCD, the same wide,...

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: Nate Swanner (slashgear.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: worth the wait?

 

Back by overwhelming demand is the Samsung Chromebook, now in its second iteration. The latest, simply named Samsung Chromebook 2, is the linear successor to the Samsung Chromebook, which dominated Amazon's top sales list, and can be widely credited...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Matt Safford (digitaltrends.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2 review

 

Samsung's new Chromebook 2 features solid construction, a nice keyboard, and improved battery life. However, we wish it had 4GB of RAM.

With a solid build, improved battery life, and good audio for an 11.6-inch laptop, the Chromebook 2 XE500C12 is a very solid entry into the now-crowded sub-$300 Chromebook market. If your budget is tight, note that Asus’ $200 Chromebook C200 has 2GB of...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

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

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Chromebook 2

 

Chrome OS might not be a true Windows or Mac killer yet, but Samsung's stylish Chromebook 2 makes a more compelling case than ever. This elegant ultraportable sports a crisp, full-HD display; a handy preinstalled software suite; and all the endurance...

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

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:30 / 40
Battery capacity (Watt hours):30 / 40
Battery life (max):8
Battery performance:4080
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:2

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Chromebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:11.6 / 12
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:ARM Mali
On-board graphics adapter model:ARM Mali-T628 MP6

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:74
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Number of hot keys:74
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Clickpad / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Display Technology:mDNIe
Intel visual technologies: No
Night mode: Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40

Processor

Processor:5250 / Exynos 5 Octa
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:1.9
Processor model:5250 / Exynos 5 Octa
Processor threads:4

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No

Security

Cable lock slot:No / Yes
Password protection:Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Chrome Web Store\nGmail\nGoogle Docs\nAirDroid Premium\nWunderlist Pro\nLittle Bridge
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Chrome OS

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Flash memory:16
Storage media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:16

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11 / 8 / 8.07
Height:0.661 / 1
Weight:2 / 2.65
Width:11 / 11.4 / 8