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Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21
alaScore 86

341 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 341 reviews of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and price. The portability and usability also get good comments, whereas opinions are divided on the sound.

performance, usability, portability, price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and price. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the size.

performance, usability, portability, price, keyboard

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook (Arctic White)Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook (Arctic White)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and price. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the energy efficiency. There are some negative reviews about the sound.

performance, usability, portability, price, reliability

sound

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

This summary is based on the products: Plastic Hinge Cover for Samsung Chromebook XE303 - silverPlastic Hinge Cover for Samsung Chromebook XE303 - silver

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Nathan Edwards (maximumpc.com)

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...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

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...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Wired (wired.com)

Chromebooks Find the Right Price

 

In every single way, the Samsung Chromebook — seriously, that's what they named this thing — is the lesser of the company's two Chrome OS portables. It's made with lower-quality materials. It has a smaller display. It has the guts of a tablet rather...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review

 

You run your social life in the cloud. You handle your email in the cloud. You might even write your documents, store your music and keep your backups in the cloud. Why not do away with local computing altogether? That's the premise of Google's Chrome...

In many ways the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 – and indeed Chromebooks in general – makes perfect sense. Being able to throw open the lid of your notebook and get online in seconds, with little in the way of config or battery concerns, is a liberating...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook Review

 

The Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook is the first netbook alternative on the market to use the Google Chrome operating system rather than a more traditional OS like Windows. Is this $500 3G laptop a good deal or is the ChromeBook just "a web browser in a box?"

Chrome OS offers fast startup ; Cloud storage makes it effortless to replace a laptop ; Awesome matte (anti-glare) screen

It's "a browser in a box" ; Essentially a paperweight if you lose Wi-Fi or 3G access ; Minimal local storage

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Nick Mokey (digitaltrends.com)

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review

 

Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook comes with the price tag, weight and occasional unreliability of a true PC, but none of the power or flexibility.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Chromebook Series 5

 

The first consumer notebook to run Google's web-based Chrome OS, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is designed for always-connected individuals.

Does the world need a computer with a web-only OS? Google seems to think so, and, in a connected world, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook would seem to be the answer. It's an attractive and highly portable notebook that gives you near-instant access to...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Samsung Chromebook Series 5

 

With the Samsung Chromebook Series 5, the company's first Chromebook, you're paying more for a netbook that runs an unpolished OS than one that has Windows 7.

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...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Mike Isaac (wired.com)

Review: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

 

Samsung's Series 5 notebook is the mere physical vehicle for Google's cloud-based vision of the future — a world where users aren't bogged down by...

Ideal for dedicated Google apps users. Battery affords 7.5 hours of surfing time, even with the bright 12.1-inch screen at full bore. Built-in developer mode lets you tinker with the bare-bones Linux guts underneath

Too many open tabs test the Chromebook’s resources. Only 100 MB of free monthly 3G service most likely means signing up for a new data plan. 0 leans towards the high end for a web-only notebook. Selection of web apps in Chrome web store leaves a lot to...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: JoannaStern (theverge.com)

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 review

 

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 isn't just any laptop — it's one we've been waiting on since the fall of 2009. It was then, back in an economy where netbooks were still selling like hotcakes, that...

Thin and light design ; Bright, matte display ; Speedy boot and resume times

Can get sluggish ; No real control panel, native system settings ; No offline app support ; More expensive than the average Atom netbook

Flat out, the speed and stability are just not there, and that makes it hard to recommend the $430 laptop to even tech-savvy friends

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera signal format:720p

Display

Display Surface:Matt
HD type:HD

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:8
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of execution units:12
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version: Yes

Networking

3G standards:HSPA
4G: No

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:4
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Braswell
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor N3000 series for Mobile
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):6

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Boot: Yes
Intel Secure Boot Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:0.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel® OS Guard: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:N3050
Processor package size:25
UART: Yes