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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete web experience, 9 July 2011
This review is from: Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook (Arctic White) (Personal Computers)
I took delivery of my Series 5 this morning which I guess makes me one of the first people to post a review who isn't a journalist.

The chromebook is simply brilliant. It is smaller, lighter, more portable and has a better battery than all but the most expensive laptops. It has a decent screen and keyboard that you can actually work on, unlike all but the most expensive netbooks. It undercuts both of these competitors massively on price. Any device that is an equivalent price will most likely have a poorer battery and screen resolution if nothing else. It can resume instantly, boots in 8 seconds and is more secure than most people could make any other computer. The downside to all this is that you can't install software, but this is far less limiting than you would first think. For most locally installed software there is now one or more pretty decent web based alternatives, and this is a growing trend. An increasing number of the latest HTML5 web applications can also support working offline too - this will soon be available in google docs, and I already have an offline note-taking application installed.

One web app that adds a huge amount of functionality - enough to sway some potential buyers - is ThinVNC. When installed on a Windows computer, it allows you to remote-desktop into it from a chromebook or any other modern web browser. If you occasionally need to use some client software, this is one great solution.

The keyboard is excellent, and having dedicated keys to toggle full-screen mode and switch between maximised windows (with cool sliding animation) makes it easy to have lots of tabs open and organise them usefully. It makes the screen feel bigger than it really is, and I'm surprised to say I don't really miss my old extended display setup.

A chromebook is not for everyone - a tablet is better for reading/watching in bed, a full size laptop is better if you really do need local software. However these devices are simply brilliant for working on the web from anywhere with a wifi or 3G connection.
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2011 14:55:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 14:55:45 BDT
Mr R Casey says:
Quick update after 3 months:
- I still love it and use it regularly!
- RemoteSpark is a great alternative to ThinVNC
- I also use SubSonic on my home PC to stream music/video to the Chromebook
- Offline calendar and gmail mean it is now more useful without a connection
- Lack of Java support (JavaScript is fine) mean sites like minecraft and screenr don't work. This isn't a big deal for me but can be a 'gotcha' if you're considering a Chromebook.
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