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3.0 out of 5 stars every journey starts with a single step, 19 July 2011
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This review is from: Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook (Arctic White) (Personal Computers)
The chromebook finally arrives in the uk courtesy of the samsung series 5 wi-fi chromebook - slightly delayed but at least it did arrive. I'm certain there are two reviews needed here, firstly the chromebook itself and secondly the chrome operating system.
The samsung chromebook is a competent machine, boots up incredibly quickly, excellent battery life , good size keyboard and a clear screen. However styling wise it does look so cheap looking due to the horrible white plastic. It does look like a netbook with an identity crisis - does not stand out at all which is a shame as samsung had the opportunity to do this with such a landmark product. The price is a bit excessive - however I accept that due to this being the first to market and when competition starts to emerge then the price will naturally start to fall. In short - the chromebook itself is good but no great shakes.

The operating system is a different matter however and this is where it gets me thinking - this is a brave new step from google to try and compete against Apple, Microsoft and Linux. It is very simple to use, very user friendly and has some genuine speed whilst browsing. It's an operating system that may appeal to a generation who finds other operating systems complicated or those who simply want to go on the internet and that's it. There is a great future for the Chrome OS, it's such a shame that this Chromebook is a bit uninspiring.

Samsung to their credit do a lot to get their products to market first - they indeed were the first company to launch a stand alone blu ray player in the uk and they are first here with the chromebook. The 3g version will offer much more portability than the wifi version and I'm sure the chrome os will get countless updates to make it sparkle. The honest answer I can give you here is that if you are desperate to see a glimpse of the future of computing then this is it. If you however are not an early adopter then the advice is to wait until the 3g version is released or wait until the competition arrives.

Chrome OS is going to be an excellent journey, this however is not the machine to take you on it.
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2011 10:37:47 BDT
M. Wilkinson says:
Why are you you being so critical about something that is loads faster, more durable, more durable, better battery life, and cheaper than your all dell stuff, all apple stuff (apart from the battery life which is half an hour shorter than a macbook), all toshiba stuff, in fact, it also has just as much stuff, because of the chrome apps?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2011 20:14:48 BDT
Ani Rider says:
i agree!!!

Posted on 28 Aug 2011 14:00:45 BDT
I wouldn't call it SO critical, actually I thought it was well balanced. The only main complaint he/she has is that it seems cheap, especially the cover. Do you disagree?

Posted on 22 Sep 2011 10:45:20 BDT
ChromeOS doesn't compete against Linux - ChomeOS is built on Linux. That's the beauty of Open Source software - it can be what you want it to be.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 14:05:18 GMT
Riverkash says:
@SnowballXL5
Is the OS built on Linux, or is it built on UNIX?
Google claim that this is a brand new OS, built from the ground up...

If it is based on Linux/UNIX, then surely Google along with Samsung are selling a lie!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2011 08:49:44 GMT
David says:
3 stars out of 5 is pretty critical, particularly when the review says it functions excellently, but it just doesn't look that good

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 11:09:02 GMT
Tom Rutson says:
Apple OS is now based on UNIX. Are they selling a lie too? No.

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 21:43:42 GMT
Clive369 says:
I disagree that it looks cheap. Sure, it's no fancy pants aluminium-clad MacBook but neither is it priced like one. I have the white version and to me it looks attractive, well-designed and well put together. I'd rather pay more in the price for an excellent keyboard, screen and the interior 'guts' than a glitzy outer which only tempts theives ;-)

I'm not sure about 3G either. I don't have the 3G model and I don't regret not having it. Sure, it's more flexible with 3G but it's pretty easy to burn 300MB per day without doing anything too demanding, i.e. not watching movies. Most 3G price plans would cost plenty if you tried to get that much, even 300MB per week. Stick to wi-fi would be my recommendation and only take the Chromebook to places where there's a good wi-fi signal.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2011 19:05:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2011 19:05:29 GMT
ethel bridge says:
Guys please dont bicker bickering makes sadness

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 10:56:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2012 10:57:51 BDT
Kamata says:
Hi, Just read your review and for the most part I agree, but Google are not really attempting to compete against Apple, MS or Linux.
This is a PC (laptop) experience stripped down to the bare essentials to get the user online instantly. It's streamlined so you do not need to worry about drivers loading, or service patch updates. The chrome OS and the SS drives help bolster its performance. So, Google (/samsung) have essentially created the device they were intending. In time the convenience of the chrome book will catch on and I think ppl will likely have room for both PC/laptop and chromebook.
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