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Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 188 reviews of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the battery and design are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the touchpad.

performance, usability, portability, design, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Wired (

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 : Joshua Goldman (

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 review: Samsung Chromebook Series 5


Samsung Chromebook Series 5

The ; is a small, attractive Netbook with long battery life, true instant-on Web access, and enough computing to use the Internet.

The Series 5 is expensive for its features and abilities, and using it can be frustrating depending on your wireless signal strength.

Despite solid hardware, great battery life, and fast startup, we can't recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 until and unless Google improves the Chrome OS.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Ziegler (

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

Expert review by : Stuart Davidson (

Samsung Chromebook A Guide


Since its first release Google's Android has offered mobile users an interesting proposition in the mobile operating system arena and the recent move into a Tablet specific version with 3.0/Honeycomb has seen devices really start to excel. These new...

That brings us to the end of our initial look at the Samsung Chromebook and Chrome OS and it seems like this is an ecosystem which has a number of uses. From a simple quick way to get online for those who only need the net (booting in 8 seconds) to...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Samsung Chromebook


Can the first Chrome OS laptop successfully move us to the Cloud, lock, stock and barrel?

Slim, portable laptop, Excellent keyboard and clickable touchpad, Superb 8 hour battery life

Underpowered CPU & GPU struggle with web demands, Price is too close to regular laptops & netbooks, Chrome OS is impractical outside the home

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Trevor Long (

Samsung Chromebook – Everything you need, except some – EFTM Review


Buying a computer has been “Windows or Mac” for as long as we've known, with the Mac question coming more and more in recent years. Enter stage left the Google option of not using either – a Chromebook is a computer without an operating system, it's...

Light, Thin, Low price - it's a laptop that is permanently in the cloud

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (

Samsung Chromebook review


Samsung Chromebook – a light and affordable laptop - offers an all-new computing experience that's done away with the traditional operating system.

The Samsung Chromebook offers excellent value and performance and is aimed at the user who wants more than a tablet but doesn’t to spend big money on a laptop.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Renai LeMay (

Samsung Chromebook: Review


The newest version of Samsung's light and cheap laptop running Google's browser-focused Chrome OS operating system has landed in Australia. But does this limited laptop do enough to wean users away from the traditional PC experience and into a browser...

HP Chromebook 11″ lands in Australia Kogan launches early Chromebook Chromebooks to hit Australia before Christmas Chromebooks finally land in Australia Toshiba Chromebooks hit Australia

May, 2013

Expert review by : Cade Metz in San Francisco (

Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment


Review The most amazing thing about Google's inaugural Chromebooks is that they come with a file manager. It's not much of a file manager, but it's relatively easy to find, and it gives you relatively quick access to the files you've download, or...

Slimline 12in netbook for internet communications, cloud computing and remote storage.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (

Hands On With the Samsung Chromebook Series 5


Hang on, folks, because mobile computing has just got a bit more interesting. Google's Chrome OS is finally ready for the wild, two years after its launch. The Samsung Chromebook Series 5, due out on June 15, will be one of two laptops to showcase...

I’m not convinced that everyone will want, or even need, a Chromebook. But what I saw so far looks to have promise. And with pricing for Samsung’s models starting at £349 for the Wi-Fi version, the Chromebok looks set to give standard netbooks and...

May, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA / High Definition (HD) / SRS Premium Sound
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 3


Battery Capacity:41 / 61 / 8200 / 8280
Battery capacity (Watt hours):41 / 61
Battery life (max):6.5 / 8.5
Battery performance:8200 / 8280
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6


Front Camera:N / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1 / 1.3


Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


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


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display brightness:300
Display Diagonal:12.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

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


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 3150 / Intel HD Graphics


Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:74 / 75
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys:No / Yes


Internal memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA / HSPA+
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Data network:3G
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:WLAN / WLAN, 3G
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
SIM card support: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA / High Definition (HD) / SRS Premium Sound
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.6 x 8.64 x 0.783 / 11.6 x 8.66 x 0.787
Graphics:GMA 3150
Graphics adapter:GMA 3150
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V
Power supply type:AC/DC
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / 802.11 b/g/n / 802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Port replicator: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


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


Chipset:Intel NM10
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
Motherboard chipset:Intel NM10
Number of Processing Die Transistors:17
Processing die size:87
Processor cache:1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Pineview
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Atom / Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:N570
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):8.5

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D 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 Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):N / No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:55637
Processor package size:22 x 22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2,SSE3,SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y


BIOS password: Yes
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Chrome OS


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:16
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / SATA
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:16

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.58 / 8.62 / 8.66
Height:0.783 / 0.787 / 0.799
Height (front):0.783
Height (rear):0.787
Weight:2.87 / 3.26 / 3.31