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Samsung XE500C21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 322 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The design and battery are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the touchpad.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung XE500C21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung XE500C21

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 52 user reviews of Samsung 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 Laptop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

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

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

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung XE500C21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Samsung XE500C21 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi 12.1-Inch Chromebook (Titan Silver)

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 Google's Sundar Pichai...

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

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 (3G, silver)

 

Editors' note (October 18, 2012): The Samsung Chromebook reviewed here has been replaced by a newer $249 model .

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 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.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 review

 

For almost two years now, Google's been talking up the idea of always-on, always-connected laptops based on a version of its Chrome browser. Local

Solid build quality and comfortable keyboard ; Super long battery life ; Bright, outdoor-viewable display

Flaky touchpad ; Video-out requires an adapter ; Hampered by Chrome OS' limited functionality

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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

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Samsung Chromebook A Guide

 

Today we take a look at the first mainstream Chromebook, from Samsung, to find out what it offers, how the operating system works and who it might appeal to.

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...

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review

 

This past May during the Google I/O developers' conference, Google announced the forthcoming availability of Chromebooks, the consumer-facing evolution of their Chrome OS-based CR-48 laptop pilot program. Where CR-48 was a limited edition, free to the...

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Web-based netbook

 

Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 netbook earns no middle-of-the-road reviews; writers either love it or hate it, based almost entirely on Google's ChromeOS operating system and its limitations. ChromeOS depends on Internet-based services and...

Boots quickly, resumes instantly, applications automatically updated, easy to import settings from web-based programs

Does not run standard Windows applications, loses most of its utility without Internet connection, pricey

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

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

Display

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
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

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

Processor

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