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Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21
alaScore 87

343 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 343 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. People really like the battery and price. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Reviews 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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21 from 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 People are impressed by the keyboard and price. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the size.

performance, usability, portability, price, keyboard

90% of the reviews on 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 (Titan Silver)

Nov, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and price. The portability and usability also get good feedback. There are some negative opinions about the sound. There are some mixed views about the energy efficiency.

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

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

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Nathan Edwards (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

The Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook offers some exciting advantages for a $499 laptop. For starters, you get contract-free access to the Verizon 3G wireless network and 8+ hours of battery life. Add to that a nice 12-inch matte display that is very easy to...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Nick Mokey (

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook


You watch all your TV through Netflix. Check your email through the Web. Pump out those pesky TPS reports in Google Docs. So why do you need anything but a browser, again?

Quick boot speeds ; Long battery life ; Attractive design ; Comfortable keyboard, large trackpad ; Respectably loud speakers

Extraordinarily limited functionality ; Nearly useless offline ; Dismal Wi-Fi reliability ; Overpriced ; No smaller than a netbook ; Minimal inputs and outputs ; Can’t handle HD video playback ; Poor multitouch performance

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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


Convertible: No
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
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Chrome OS


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