Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook

  |   by NotebookReview Staff

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?”

  • Pros

    • Chrome OS offers fast startup
    • Cloud storage makes it effortless to replace a laptop
    • Awesome matte (anti-glare) screen
  • Cons

    • It's "a browser in a box"
    • Essentially a paperweight if you lose Wi-Fi or 3G access
    • Minimal local storage

Quick Take

The Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook is a brilliant concept that might one day replace traditional laptops, but it's just not the best solution for most people at this time.

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