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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 constant reminder to passers-by that I'm definitely not playing World of Warcraft (perhaps a good thing), using Spotify, or doing a Skype video call. On some level, a chuckle is a fair response — the notion of spending several hundred dollars on a weakly-configured machine that won't run your existing apps and can't really do much of anything without an internet connection is a tough sell. But that's not a new argument: Chromebooks have been in the market for over a year now, and people have been saying this since day one. Outside of Google I/O and the occasional press event (and my house), I've never seen a Chromebook in the wild; it's not a very scientific study, but I suspect they haven't sold well. But Samsung's latest model could fix that. The new Chromebook capitalizes on ARM's stratospheric ascent — both in popularity and horsepower — to extricate Intel from the machine, reducing cost, power consumption, and heat dissipation in the process. On paper, that sounds like a win / win / win.
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 OS, relying on just a browser to be your window to the all-purpose web. The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is one of the first notebooks to give Chrome OS a go, in the case of our Three powered machines offering 3G to release you from the WiFi teat, too. Can we really live in the cloud, or are we destined to tumble back to earth with a bump? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Chromebooks are built to a budget - Samsung is offering the Series 5 in the US at $429.99 for the WiFi-only and $499.99 for the 3G version, while in the UK it's £349.99 for the WiFi-only model and £399.99 for the 3G - and so you get a mixture of laptop and notebook functionality and style. Our white review unit is eye-catching, certainly, with a glossy lid and gently rounded black plastic elsewhere. Stylistically it reminds us of the N310 netbook, though we wish the rubberized chassis had been carried over too. Open the thin lid up, and there's a reasonably sized bezel around the 12.1-inch 16:10 display.
Since this review was written for the September 2011 magazine, Google has rolled out a ChromeOS update that enables Netflix playback and VPN (though not Cisco AnyConnect) support. 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 of a full Windows or Linux-based operating system. Chromebooks have finally hit retail (in the form of sleek netbooks from Samsung and Acer), and it’s time to find out whether “nothing but the web” is enough computer for anyone. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is well constructed. The 12.1-inch, 1200x800 LCD is readable at low levels and powerful at full brightness, the speakers have much more oomph than we were expecting, and the multitouch, buttonless clickpad is decent. The chiclet-style keyboard is the best we’ve ever used on a netbook and battery life is great—we clocked more than eight hours doing normal computing tasks. The Chromebook comes with 24 months of free 3G data from Verizon Wireless, though the 100MB/month allocation is so stingy as to be laughable, and the à la carte pricing is prehistoric.
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. Based in no small part on the Google Cr-48 prototype notebook that we previously reviewed, this 12-inch thin and light laptop offers two years of free Verizon 3G access for the one-time purchase price of $500. Is this a good deal or is the ChromeBook just "a web browser in a box?"Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook Technical Specs: Build and DesignIf you've already seen our review of the Google Cr-48 prototype then the overall design and technical specs of the Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook should look very familiar. In truth, it appears as though Samsung engineers did little more than add a few rounded corners and change a few ports on the Google Cr-48. To that end, the design of the ChromeBook is sort of a hybrid between consumer laptop and low-cost business laptop. You get a traditional clamshell shape with lots of straight lines and rounded corners. Open the glossy lid and you'll see a more modern looking Chiclet-style keyboard and a MacBook-esque touchpad both covered in a "we mean business" matte finish.
First of all, note that this hands-on test isn't a full review. Some information therefore hasn't yet been included or isn't fully complete, such as the battery life or an in-depth overview of what Chrome OS is like to use. This will hopefully be added at a later date. In fact, we managed to play with the Series 5 Chromebook for just two hours, but we'll be sure to look at one in more detail when they become more widely available. Alongside an Acer model, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is one of the two very first netbook computers to run on Google's Chrome OS. Wi-Fi-only versions should be available on the high street from mid-June, with Wi-Fi + 3G models likely to follow not long after. In case you hadn't already heard, the Chromebook marks the arrival of Google in the computer OS market. This operating system, however, is completely different from anything that's been seen before, as Chrome does all of the tasks we're used to doing locally with our PC but with a browser-based online OS. To achieve this, Google is building a whole suite of online applications that can take care of, or make up for, these tasks (see sidebar).
Google's Chrome OS came close to being labeled vaporeware after its highly publicized initial announcement, at least by some. But at Google, there was never any doubt about its future. Just as they have done with the Chrome Web browser, Google has poured tons of resources into Chrome OS. It's a radical system, no matter how you slice it. It's the world's first commercially available desktop operating system that relies almost entirely in the cloud. That alone takes a moment to digest. This whole thing started well over a year ago with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped out to a handful of early adopters who put the very first Chrome OS builds through their paces. It was new. It was refreshing. It was different. But was it cut out for mainstream use? In Google's mind, the answer was always "yes." They then took the next year to respond to criticisms from the CR-48 launch, and at this year's Google I/O conference, out popped two more Chrome OS-based laptops, dubbed Chromebooks. Acer's AC700 and Samsung's Series 5 were first out of the gate, eager to take on the public and give them a taste of what it's like to live in the cloud.
Cloud computing is a term we've heard with increasing frequency recently.It's the idea that our usual computing tasks are not run by the hardware in our computers, but instead on powerful servers connected to your machine via the internet.Operating systems on netbooks and laptops are still firmly tethered to the hardware, with Windows 7 and Linux distros being the OSes of choice. Into this fray comes Google's Chrome OS, an operating system designed to drag laptops and netbooks into the cloud. The machines that run Chrome OS are known as Chromebooks, and Samsung is ahead of the pack by releasing the first Chromebook in the UK – the Samsung Chromebook Series 5.For more information on what Chrome OS is all about, check out our guide: Google Chromebooks - what you need to know.As the first of its kind with no immediate competitors - an Acer Chromebook has been announced by Google but Acer has yet to confirm if we will see it in the UK - the Samsung Chromebook faces some interesting challenges.While it launches with no other competition from Chromebooks, it's currently solely responsible for persuading consumers to move from the more familiar Windows operating system to Chrome's browser-based interface, and to encourage early adopters to embrace the new technology.
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?Google says you don’t. The company’s custom-built Chrome OS sheds the pleasantries of Word, Photoshop and yes, even Solitaire in favor of just a browser. But with Internet service less than ubiquitous and many cloud-based services less than reliable, is a world ready for a machine that’s truly nothing but ‘net?Operating system aside, Samsung’s Series 5 is, when you poke around in the guts, a netbook. With an Atom N570 processor running at 1.66GHz, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, and a 12.1-inch LED-backlit screen, it shares much of its silicon in common with most of the netbooks already floating around on retailer shelves. Samsung sells both a $430 Wi-Fi version, and a $500 version with built-in 3G and two years of “free” 3G from Verizon, provided you don’t use more than 100MB per month.Still, the form factor may be a step above. Samsung has opted to keep the Series 5 as simple as possible: clean white “Arctic White” lid, smooth matte black plastics everywhere else, and a Chiclet-style keyboard paired with a buttonless, oversized touchpad.
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 ($429.99 list) runs on what Google hopes to be the future of computing - a cloud-based operating system that relies entirely on a Web browser. While the Google Chrome operating system has shown promising improvements since its debut - streaming HD video that actually works, better file management, a new media player - it's still a netbook and an overpriced one to boot. Everything is meant to reside in the Cloud, hence the measly 16GB solid-state drive that acts as local storage. There are benefits to doing it this way, including never having to worry about losing files due to a stolen laptop or hard drive crash, and having an operating system that turns on within seconds. Unfortunately, the limitations far outweigh the benefits. Syncing an Apple iPod or iPhone is out of the question, printing (for most printers) requires another computer, and simply finding your way around the OS can be frustrating at times - and the Series 5 is expensive. For about the same price, you can have Windows 7 (and more features) on the Editors' Choice HP Pavilion dm1z. The Series 5 isn't Samsung's first entry into the 12-inch netbook space; the Samsung NC20 (21GBK) ($550 street, 4 stars) was the first Samsung netbook with a 12-inch screen.
For anybody who loves tech and gadgets, it's not hard to see the appeal of the Samsung Chromebook Series 5. It's a small, good-looking, affordable laptop the whole purpose of which is to keep you connected to your life online. It's even more attractive to those of us who have stopped using programs like Microsoft Office in favor of Web-based apps like Google Docs and Gmail. Add in the promise of all-day battery life (all workday, that is), seamless built-in security, invisible OS and app updates, and instant-on performance and it all sounds pretty good. Even turning the Series 5 on for the first time is cool. Open the lid and the screen lights up. The start-up process is nearly as brief: connect to Wi-Fi, accept the OS terms, sign in to your Google account or create a new one, pick an image to associate with your account or shoot one with the Webcam, and you're done. There's a brief touch-pad tutorial, but that's it and you're ready to start using the Web. Since everything is Web-based there is a refreshing lack of bloatware. Clicking the Home button in the browser brings you right to your collection of Chrome Web apps, which are just bookmarks to sites. The experience is actually enjoyable, especially if you already have a Google account set up.
Can a browser-based operating system unseat Windows in the budget notebook space? That's the hope with the Samsung Chromebook Series 5, the first commercially available notebook to feature Google's Chrome OS. Boasting a lightweight and attractive design, an impressive boot time, and 3G connectivity, the Series 5 is made for students and other consumers who don't need a lot of power. But does the $499 Samsung Series 5 deliver as much performance as similarly priced netbooks?While not as minimalist as Google's pilot-program Cr-48 (which was done up in all black), the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 also takes a less-is-more approach. The plastic lid is done in solid Arctic White (it's also available in Titan Silver), with a chrome Samsung logo and the colorful Google Chrome insignia. The rest of the system is a matte black. It's elegant, but we wish it had the soft-touch rubber of the Cr-48. The corners of the Series 5 are also more rounded than the Cr-48, which is a design touch we also like.Measuring 8.6 x 11.6 x 0.8 inches, the Series 5 easily slid into our shoulder bag. We really appreciated its light 3.2-pound weight after having to stand on a subway train for an hour and a half.
Chrome OS is here. The Series 5 from Samsung is the first of the so-called Chromebooks, and I'm not sure it's exactly what we all had in mind when Google announced Chrome OS two years ago. Back then our imaginations pictured computers that were thinner and lighter than those with enough horsepower to run Windows. We thought we would see computers running on ARM processors, not just x86. Google promised that the OS would look like the Chrome browser with "a new windowing system." Frankly, I'm not sure we really knew what to expect. But if someone had told us back then that the first Chromebook would be a large and simple netbook that does little more than run only the Chrome browser, I don't think we would have made such a big deal about Google producing its own operating system. At $499 (Wi-Fi and 3G) or $429 (Wi-Fi only), it can hardly be said that Chromebooks are dramatically less expensive than Windows laptops. The Samsung Series 5 is a 12.1-inch netbook with a pretty sleek, very rounded design. In fact, one could say it's the first true netbook, as it is perhaps the first mass-market laptop designed solely to get you on the Net. It's powered by an Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPU, and it has 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive.
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