Very little capability when offline
It's easy to be captivated by the Samsung Chromebook. It has many of the same attributes of an Ultrabook including light weight, thinness, an 11.6-inch screen, and comfortable keyboard. Great battery life is another plus. All if this priced less than most tablets.
Extremely low price, Excellent keyboard
Its functionality is still limited (though improved), and we wish the battery life were longer, given the low-power CPU, but Samsung's $249 Chromebook is an enticing low-cost, productivity-focused alternative to netbooks and tablets for those who do their work on the Web.
A very good computer with a few drawbacks at a very good price
Overall, this is what I expected and I am pretty happy with the purchase, especially as one of my first sight-unseen types of purchase. For my uses as a primary road writing device for blog posts and e-mails, this is a solid, solid play. And for $250, it's pretty unbelievable. All of this typed into the new Chromebook as well at my normal rate.
Super affordable, Slim and stylish
If you're happy with a laptop that needs to be online to get the most from it, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook 303C is worth considering. It's slim, stylish, light, quiet, lasts a good while on a charge, offers a great typing experience and it's available for a ridiculously good price. For students and casual users especially, this non-Windows machine presents an excellent buy - despite niggles like rear-facing connectivity and a somewhat dull screen taking a little of the shine off.
Small, transportable, Google OS is simple
The Samsung Series 3 may be the best Chromebook we've seen so far, but it still lacks the excitement factor, doesn't look too appealing from the outside and the screen's poor viewing angle is a frustration when in use. Google's OS sure will make sense to those seeking a modern netbook-like experience with cloud storage, but it's not enough to quite see the 303C fly, particularly in the face of so many tablets out there with far better screens.
Good keyboard and touchpad, Speedy performance
Hardware-wise, the Series 3 is a solid laptop. However, as with all Chromebooks, the sticking point is the software. With this model, you have the advantage of the low $250 price tag. That amount isn't much for a machine that can do basic tasks fairly well, especially if you know you're going to use it in areas where connectivity isn't in question.
Ultimately, the price may be the big draw for the Samsung Chromebook Series 3.
The Elusive Samsung Ativ PC Pro 700t
Overall I think this tablet is great! I think if you don't use intensive programs but you want the wacom digitizer for writing go with the 500t. I think if you only plan on having ONE tablet go with the 500t (I can't imagine doing my daily new york times reading on the couch with the honker of a tablet in my hand) Honestly, If it is for surfing, email, kindle etc... I would still go ipad... but if you want productivity this is the only tablet to go with!
Most powerful Windows 7 tablet
With its sleek lines and alluring finish, the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is the most attractive Windows 7 tablet going. It's also the most powerful, and the one with the best accessories thanks to its included Wacom stylus, media dock and wireless keyboard. Unfortunately, it suffers from some build-quality issues; its otherwise gorgeous PLS screen doesn't have the ideal aspect ratio for a tablet, and despite Samsung's enhancements, Windows still isn't a finger-friendly OS.
Full HD screen, Good performance
Samsung's 11.6in Ativ PC Pro 700T tablet is a good one to choose if you want to run Windows 8. It has a Full HD screen and a Core i5 CPU and it performs a lot like a mid-range Ultrabook. Its keyboard dock allows it to be used for long typing sessions and its 'S Pen' allows it to be used for handwriting recognition and drawing. Well worth considering.
Very functional transformer design
There's a lot to like about the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: it's fast, battery life is pretty good and it has a good full HD display with both multi-touch and a Wacom digitizer. The keyboard dock is in the box, so there's no hidden cost. We're not too keen on the black plastic casing that looks more netbook than $1,200 Ultrabook and Samsung needs to get the issue with keyboard disconnects sorted out (hopefully a few months from now, only working docks will be on the shelves).
Good performance, Ergonomic keyboard
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro is a powerful Windows 8 device. It is really a tablet rather than a laptop as Samsung wishes to portray it. Its powerful Core i5 dual-core CPU and 128 GB hard drive ensure a speedy and lag-free performance even with multi-tasking. The 11.6" bright Full HD touchscreen with great viewing angles is also very responsive. Thanks to a pair of decent speakers, the multimedia performance is also good.
Great hybrid tablet, Good value for mobile productivity and light gaming
I am amazed at how well this runs. I never thought I would use a product with an ATOM chip in it again. The ATOM cpu has finally matured! The speakers are on the front and the loudest I have heard in a tablet or laptop. The screen is lower resolution would prefer 1080p but it does well. Do not let the 2gb ram scare you away. Windows 8 works well on just 2gb. I can open open up 15 large sites and it doesnt miss a beat.
Good battery life, bright and colorful touchscreen
The Samsung ATIV 500T is in a difficult position. On the one hand, it's more versatile than Windows RT, Android and iOS tablets, but it's also considerably less powerful than most notebooks and convertibles on the market running more capable AMD and Intel Core i5 CPUs. Unlike today's handful of convertibles and Core i5 Windows 8 tablets, it's not brainy enough to be your only computer since it offers a brighter than average netbook-like experience.
Portable, Responsive screen, Long battery life
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a good Windows 8 tablet with a convertible form factor. Despite its Atom processor, it performs quite well and is good for work at home or office. Of course, increasing the workload does make it a little sluggish. With a screen size of 11.6" and 700+ grammes weight, it might be too big to be used as a portable tablet, but it works rather well as a netbook weighing 1.3 kg.
Bright, beautiful screen, Svelte, light, but sturdy chassis
Our quibble with the speaker volume aside, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T really does justice to Windows 8 and offers a competitive solution to Microsoft's Surface Pro. Its screen is vibrant and a joy to watch video on, and we could also see it as an asset in an office setting or for light duty road work, when you really need to get more traditional computing done.
Internet connection is a must for full experience.
The Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook laptop provides a cloud-based computing experience from within a traditionally-designed laptop. It sports an improved Google Chrome OS interface, 3G-cellular connectivity, a comfortable keyboard and a good-quality display. Not without its downsides, however, as it runs quite hot and the need for an Internet connection.
Lost a little of its charm, visually.
There's not much wrong with the Chromebook hardware. It's actually a pretty decent machine, it has better connectivity than most Ultrabooks and is certainly a lot cheaper. That said, it's not as powerful as a normal laptop - many costing little more than the £380 of this machine - and it is still frustratingly limited.
What bothers us most, perhaps, is that the Chromebook isn't light, and it isn't all that cheap. These are the two things that we really do think would set it apart.
Very portable, strong improvements over last gen Chromebooks software and hardware, fast OS
Clearly, the very dated hardware isn't the driving reason to buy the Series 5 550 Chromebook. For the same price, you can get a much more compelling Windows laptop. Chrome OS is the star here, but we're not sure the world is ready and able to live life solely online. Not that the Samsung doesn't have a healthy set of connectivity options with Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Verizon 3G with 100 megs of free use per month for up to two years.
Isn't for everyone.
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook 550 isn't for everyone. For $450 or more you can buy a decent Windows laptop, install the Chrome web browser, and do almost everything that you can do with a Chromebook.
But you can do many of those things better with a Chromebook if the web browser is your most important app.
Bright, pleasing matte display
What the Chromebook does, it does well. It's not an exaggeration to say that this is the best Web browsing experience that you'll find on a laptop. It's quick, smooth, easy to navigate via multi-touch scrolling and supported by a brilliant matte display. As a portable web browser, the Samsung Series 5 is perfect.
So that's the question: Do you want to buy a $450 (Wi-Fi only) or $550 (3G) Web browser?
Suffers from the general sluggishness
Ultimately, the whole Chromebook experiment feels like it's just a couple years ahead of its time. There may come a day, sometime in the not-too-distant future, when web applications have the power and sophistication necessary to really replace most of what you do on a computer.
Improved speed, Fast boot up
So without being able to recommend the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook as your only computer, does it do enough to warrant you buying it to go alongside your existing laptop, desktop or all-in-one? Sadly, not.
While it's certainly well built, the form factor isn't as convenient or as easy to carry as the Chromebook's chief competitor: tablets. While Chrome OS has been improved, it's not as powerful as the iPad's iOS, or that other Google operating system, Android.
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