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Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) Reviews

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

  • 11.6 inches Spectacle
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM
  • 2 USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0, HDMI Port
  • Built-&#1110n dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

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List Price: $ 249.00

Price: $ 249.00

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  1. Lance Haun says:
    3,483 of 3,631 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very excellent computer with a few drawbacks at a very excellent price, October 24, 2012
    By 
    Lance Haun (Seattle, WA) –
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    This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) (Personal Computers)

    ***Updates To My Review At The End***

    My background: I’m a gadget geek but I’m not super devoted to any platform. I do like Google’s web products but never used their hardware. My laptop is a 13″ MacBook Pro and my desktop is a Mac Mini that runs both OS X and Windows 7 (I spend more time on Win 7 these days). I have an iPad (3rd gen) and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx along with a docking station. My wife has a Win 7 ultrabook, Kindle Fire HD and Razr Maxx, all of which I bought for her.

    I’m an editor for a web-based publication so my usage is primarily prose and some light (very light) image control. I’ve done most of my prose on Google Docs for a long time because it automatically saves and I despise prose directly into the CMS. We also use Google Apps Business for e-mail, calendaring and doc sharing so that rocks.

    The last thing I need is another computer but Chromebook called to me. A couple of reasons:

    - The docking solution wasn’t fantastic. The keyboard was crap, my phone got unusually hot and interacting with the CMS was hit and miss with the phone OS. It was excellent for e-mails.
    - An iPad with a keyboard is garbage. I’ve tried it and hit the same issues. It is just clumsy for my primary work. I still travel with an iPad because it is light and its battery is a rockstar and can do in a pinch.
    - The laptop is fine but it is a beast to carry. I just got back from a week-long jaunt to three conferences and I reckon my shoulder is broken from my shoulder bag.
    - I like my phone and tethering has been a lifesaver. No complaints.
    Okay, enough background. Now to the actual review.

    Unboxing wasn’t particularly impressive but I don’t really care. Standard laptop box with the laptop, an AC adapter and Chrome sticker. I plugged it in and it was at about 75%. Now about an hour later, it is nearly charged.

    When I pulled it out of the box, it nearly felt like a laptop that didn’t have a battery in it (remember that?). Anyway, it feels solid closed up. I don’t have any problem throwing this in my engineer’s bag and feeling like it will get screwed up. The AC adapter is your standard black box with two cords.

    I opened up the lid and it started immediately. It questioned me to connect to my wifi connection and then proceeded to download the latest update of the operating system (version 23 according to the info in Chrome). After a instant reboot, I place in my Google credentials and it loaded everything I use in my Chrome browser normally, including my apps and bookmarks.

    Opened up, the build quality showed a few weaknesses but not anything major. There’s a small give on the keyboard and palm rest. I didn’t feel any problems holding the laptop from its corner. It feels very solid by and large. The thing to remember, of course, is that I came from a unibody MacBook Pro so take that for what it is worth.

    The keyboard blew my expectations away. I figured it would be honestly cramped and that my typing speed would suffer. I figured the action wouldn’t be very excellent either. But, coming from a MacBook Pro chiclet keyboard to this was a cinch. I feel very small difference in typing speed or accuracy. This was really a huge deal for me. I tried the HP Mini a few years ago and it was dreadful. A few millimeter difference is it.

    The trackpad is very excellent though not as top notch of a comparison as the keyboard. It is very Mac-like in using it. The two finger swipe gestures, right-clicking, dragging, etc… it all operated like I expected. I’m a tapper, not a clicker so that may have something to do with it. It doesn’t seem like it is quite as accurate or rejoinder as the MacBook Pro but still very excellent.

    The screen isn’t fantastic but it isn’t a dealbreaker. For text, it performs adequately but not spectacularly. For video, it is quite adequate, maybe above average but again, not fantastic. The screen brightness isn’t what it could be, I feel like it is a tick or two off what should be standard brightness. But, I am also used to glossy screens and even with the brightness, the matte screen seems to do okay. I work right next to south-facing windows and even though we have no sun here in Seattle, it gets honestly bright and it seems excellent in these conditions. The viewing angles aren’t going to impress anyone but it works for me.

    The speakers seem to be pretty excellent and loud enough. They are optimal for use on a desk rather than a lap though as the sound gets muffled a bit by clothing. I place on Pandora One and the sound through my nice $100 studio headphones sounds pretty excellent with the top volume topping out just right. Using my Apple earphone/mic combo, it worked well in a hangout. One thing is that the earphone jack seems very tight.

    I hit my first snag when I tried to do HDMI out. It didn’t seem to work. Then I read a bit more and got it to work with the Ctrl+Full Screen and that seemed to do it…

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  2. Captain Awesome says:
    699 of 736 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Value, October 27, 2012
    By 
    Captain Awesome (England) –

    This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) (Personal Computers)

    I’m based in the UK and bought my unit there. But, physically this model is nearly identical to ours (to my knowledge only the keyboard layout and socket you need for charging it differs) and I’ve been using Chrome OS and previous Chrome hardware for a while, so I thought I’d give my take on this device.

    I’ve owned the Cr-48 for a while, which was a kind of test unit Google sent out to people to beta test the operating system. That came out a long time ago and none of the commercial units have felt excellent enough to me to justify buying, up until now. They were always a small too expensive, despite the obvious advantages.

    This will be a long review. For those wanting a small synopsis, I’ll include one at the end.

    The software

    For those unclear, Chrome OS (which the Chromebook runs) is fundamentally uncommon to a Windows, Mac or Linux-based laptop, desktop or netbook. This is because it runs the web. No native applications exist specifically for this machine. There are apps (sometimes referred to as Chrome apps) but they also work in the Chrome browser.

    Because this computer runs what many call ‘just a browser’ it has numerous advantages, as well as disadvantages when compared to a Windows machine. I’ve chosen Windows for most comparisons here as more people typically use Windows than a Mac or Linux machine.

    Security

    You cannot install Windows applications (or other native software) on Chrome OS. This earnings that the computer can operate more securely than a Windows machine simply because the computer knows what should be installed. If something is there that shouldn’t be there, the computer will erase all local data and install a version of the software that’s stored in a secure area. Once you’re together to the internet, you’ll be updated to the most recent version of the operating system. As your settings, bookmarks and Chrome applications are stored by Google, they are also restored after the machine is reset and you log in. Typically the operating system is updated every 6 weeks, meaning bugs get fixed pretty quickly (vital bug fixes will arrive more quickly) and new features are released quickly, too.

    Getting things done

    This is where the huge problem is for some people; you can’t install Microsoft Office, Adobe’s Photoshop or other software packages. You’re limited to software that’s delivered through a website. Most people are perfectly comfortable with using things like Facebook, Chirrup and send by e-mail this way. The web offers some pretty powerful tools, though. For occasion, pretty sophisticated image control software exists on-line, as do audio and video control tools. Using the massive resources of the internet (typically referred to as ‘the cloud’) earnings that video control and other resource-intensive tasks can be made dramatically quicker than doing it locally. Make no mistake though, if you do need something like Photoshop it’s just not possible, unless you use software specifically designed to deliver ‘normal’ software through the web. Companies like Citrix offer products that can do that, but given the additional cost, it’s usually only huge businesses that use them.

    If you don’t need extremely-specialised software though, there’s a lot available. Google, Zoho and Microsoft all offer tools that will let you make, open and export documents in well loved formats, such as Microsoft Office. There are advantages to this approach, too. Google Docs (as an example) allows individuals to use their on-line document, spreadsheet and presentation software free of charge and, even better, you can collaborate with up to 50 people on the same document, practically in real-time. This sort of thing just isn’t typically possible with habitual software. Where it is, it’s likely to be clunkier than a web-based tool as a website just lets you login and work.

    Calendars, Mad Birds, finance tools (Sage and QuickBooks are available through the browser) are all also available in this way. It’s worth read-through out if the things you’ll want to do are available in this way before ordering a Chromebook.

    There are also many off-line capable applications. That is, things that will work without an internet connection. These include Google Documents (control and viewing) Google Docs spreadsheets (viewing) and things like Google Calendar. Keep in mind though that this is primarily a device for accessing the internet. Without a connection, this device is extremely-limited. Applications delivered through a browser will get more and more capable over time, though.

    Other drawbacks

    As I’ve said, not everything is available through a browser. Critical things that people take for granted either aren’t available or are very uncommon on a Chromebook.
    It’s not possible to watch AVI or MKV video files (at the time this was written) for example, without converting them. That’s a…

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  3. Ryan says:
    324 of 340 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprises Inside and Out *STUDENT REVIEW*, November 2, 2012
    By 
    Ryan (North Carolina) –

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    This review is from: Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) (Personal Computers)

    I’m a student. I need something to carry around that I won’t agonize about bringing up the rear, breaking, or someone stealing. I won’t bring my Apple laptop to school due to theft increases lately. On that note, I wanted something for web browsing, typing papers in the library egg chairs and had a keyboard/trackpad combo. I found it.

    This is not for a poweruser. Don’t fool yourselves, people. It’s a tablet on steroids. Get that through your head when you buy and use it. If you have any other expectations like some of the reviewers, well, you’re honestly not the target audience. It’s meant to be light and cost affordable. Sure, the screen isn’t high resolution and it lacks expandable RAM and HD space. That’s NOT what this computer is.

    I’ve had the computer for a few days now and I like it. It’s not super quick by any earnings; but, it gets the job done in regards to web browsing, finding papers for journalism reviews and listening to rdio or Pandora. That’s what I need this for. And most likely the average consumer. Face it, most college students buy $1000 Macbooks to look cool. For what? To facebook, stream music, and browse the web. Most people who do photo control buy the 15″ models with maxed out specs (like me). I don’t want to bring that to campus. That’s too much money to be slinging in my bag to just browse the web.

    So, let me be clear. This laptop is brilliant. The build quality is incredible for the price. Build quality is fantastic of which I was surprised. The keyboard reminds me of the Macbook and the track-pad keeps up with my quick paced motions quite well. It’s light and I can have four to five tabs open running uncommon processes at ease. It does like to falter when I do multiple things with a video running though. Expected for a tablet processor though. It keeps cool and charged for a days use. The front camera is fantastic for chatting.

    I will admit, this small computer will replace your daily use computer you lug around currently. I used the Chrome Remote Desktop today on campus and was amazed at the speed and ease. I was using my Macbook at home on campus without any hiccups like I experience with Logmein or those other clients. Accessing the 100GB of free storage was as simple as clicking a link. My music, documents and life are on the cloud. I can access them with ease. Printing is no problem for me, either.

    This small beast will surprise you. Although, please, don’t expect the world from this laptop. It’s $250, folks.

    P.S. I typed this from the Chromebook. No problems handling my typing speed. And question questions if you need them answered.

    UPDATE 11/24:

    I’ve been using this for a excellent while now and I haven’t had any regrets. The computer does what I need, when I want and I only miss running Netflix at school. That’s ok though, I have other avenues for watching movies. They do plot on updating and that’s a problem with Netflix, not Google. Printing is simple as it seems to be a very ordinary question. To clicks on your computer and you’re done. They have been updating the OS and the Chromebook is acting a small better now. By and large, I’m still loving it. Just remember, it’s NOT for everyone.

    UPDATE 02/06/13:

    I like this computer. It is all I use around campus and for class lectures. I barely use Microsoft Office for my notes or spreadsheets in class. Google Drive and their office version is just awesome. If you do a lot of team-based activities, please, just use Google Drive. Keep your documents available to you at all era and collaboration is simple. It has made my life much simpler. Just thought I’d let you all know.

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