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Samsung XE500C21

Samsung XE500C21
alaScore 83

100 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the keyboard and screen are generally positive. The design and battery are also appreciated.

performance, battery, design, screen, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung XE500C21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 100 reviews)

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Update - Buggy Hardware


I'm on my seconds unit. The first unit had to go back (thank you NewEgg for making that easy!), as it was constantly rebooting. The replacement unit worked fine for a couple of months, but for the last few weeks has had an issue with the WiFi chip...

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Google Chromebook 5


I would definitely recommend this.

Very easy to set up

The battery gets very warm when the adapter is plugged in and the net-book is turned on

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SAMSUNG XE500C21-A03US Refurbished Chromebook


If you have a gmail account then you will love this computer. Its so easy and the 8 sec boot is great. I am going into hospital on the 7th June and it will make my stay more enjoyable.

I nearly fell off my chair when it arrived today. Its so beautiful and clean and looks like its never been used before. Came with all the important stuff. Charger and power supply and the vga usb dongle. Also a 90 day limited warranty

The only thing that it did come with was the instruction manual


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Nice size screen. Great power for the price. SSD. Fast boot. I like the Chrome OS overall except for limited customization options

Mine arrived defective with a battery unable to charge. Bios offers no options. Because of limited BIOS, difficult to change to standard Linux OS. Laptop would easily be a 4+ star rating if I could easily put a full install of Linux (instead of a...

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refurbished Samsung Chromebook


Tried hard resetting, and plug/unplugging many times. After 2 days of trying to bring it to life I gave in and applied for an RMA. I hope the replacement works better! I really liked it while it ran.

Really liked this repfurbished Chromebook. It was clean, looked like new, and it ran faster than expected while it worked

This refurbished Chromebook would not charge at all. It would only run plugged in, and the charge light would flash red/green signifying a charging problem. This started right out of the box

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I won't comment on battery life. It wasn't as good as I was expecting, but given I had a defective unit, I'll wait until I get a good unit to comment. - Enjoyed playing around with it. I think it will be quite useful once I get Citrix Receiver working...

Light ; Quick to boot ; Lightning fast wake from sleep ; Very nice screen ; Good keyboard ; Price is right

Slow -- don't expect to run any flash or HTML5 games. The CPU/GPU combo just isn't up to it ; First unit was defective. After a few days of use it started locking up randomly, and eventually wouldn't stay running more than a few minutes. Mostly likely...

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It Does What It's Supposed To!


Battery life is fantastic. Charged it up two days ago to 100%, after two days of on and off use surfing the web, down to 50% battery (around 7 hours of total battery life, I'd estimate) It's really easy to hold in one hand while typing with the other....

I have a powerful desktop already, and wanted something tablet-ish with a real keyboard. That is essentially what this is, it is an internet machine in name and operation. Since I got it, I use my desktop only for gaming because all the little stuff I...

Obviously it's not the fastest machine in the world. I would compare it to my old MSI Netbook, which had an Atom as well. However, the Chromebook is faster overall than it ; Surfing the internet is fine, you'll run into some problems streaming HD video...

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Great for certain things


I think in the long run through all of the updates Google gives, these Chromebooks will become very stable and useful to the typical person who uses internet for online gaming, social networking, email and web browsing, of course. The Web Store is...

2 USB ports. Long battery life. Quick battery recharge. Lightweight and portable. AMAZING boot up speed. Instant return from sleep. Web store is convenient with lots of great apps that are also available on your mobile device

Not an awful lot you can do if you're not connected to the internet. Helps to have a mobile hotspot or 4G USB service. Runs games fairly choppy. Can't edit Google Docs offline

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Fast boot, Long Battery life, Does everything its intended to do

None so far

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Samsung Chromebook


Overall this chromebook left a bad taste in my mouth. I sent it back to newegg as an RMA because of the display being plastered with pink. I wouldn't recommend this computer yet. Not until the bugs have all been worked out.

Fast startup - not to be confused with fast processing. IT just starts up fast and wakes from sleep extremely quick ; Looks amazing - Very nice glossy finish to it and nice add of chrome insignia on it ; Great for online use ; Nice matte display for...

Computer is slow especially compared to what I have used previously on computers ; Pepper flash causes videos using flash to lag really bad when it first starts. Not very fluent and gets really irritating at times. Very choppy ; Feels cheap. If I...


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GMA3150


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel®
Chipset Type:NM10
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:N570 ATOM