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Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook (Arctic White) - Sim Card not included

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  • Chrome-based operating system
  • Dual-core Intel processor
  • SuperBright 12.1" high-resolution, non-glare display ideal for web browsing
  • Boots in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly
  • Up to 8.5 hours of continuous use

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Technical Details
Item Weight2.4 Kg
Product Dimensions36.2 x 35.8 x 6.2 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Item model numberXE500C21-H01UK
SeriesXE500C21-H01 Chromebook 3G
Screen Size12.1 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
RAM Size2 GB
Hard Drive Size16 GB
Connectivity TypeEmbedded UMTS
Operating SystemChrome
Lithium Battery Weight895 Grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 112,399 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 Kg
Date First Available8 Jun. 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Innovatively designed to go as long as you can, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 lets you spend the whole day surfing, streaming, and working on the web on just one charge. With less than 10-second booting and an amazing 8.5 hours of battery life, the light and sleek Chromebook Series 5 gives you the ultimate web experience that you won't find on any other laptop.

Samsung Chromebook
Search for the best web experience and you'll find the new Samsung Chromebook Series 5 (see larger image).

The Chrome-based operating system features a streamlined user interface, making it easier for you to navigate the web--where you already spend most of your computing time. All your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. Every Chrome notebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. And the Samsung Chromebook uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data without you ever having to lift a finger.

This Samsung Chromebook in white features a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display with an anti-reflective screen. It's powered by a next-generation, dual-core Intel processor, which combines performance and energy efficiency to provide new levels of support for applications like games, as well as Adobe Flash technology for improved access to multimedia sites such as YouTube and BBC iPlayer. Weighing in at 1.3 kilograms, the ultra-compact design provides maximum portability without compromising on functionality and optimal performance

This model includes ultra-fast Wireless-N networking for connecting to home or office LANs. It also includes two USB ports, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, buttonless touchpad with multi-gesture support, and a 1-megapixel webcam for video chats and snapping pics for social networking sites.

White Samsung Chromebook
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 boots in less than 10 seconds (see larger image).
White Samsung Chromebook
Your Chromebook gets better and better over time with automatic updates (see larger image).

Chromebook Features

Instant On

The Samsung Chromebook gets you on the web as quickly as possible. It boots in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly from sleep. Open the lid, and you're back on the web so you don't miss a beat. And Chromebooks are designed to get faster over time as updates are released.

Find Your Next Favourite Web App

Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you're not connected. To try the latest apps, visit the Chrome Web Store or just type in a URL. You can easily create shortcuts on your new tab page to launch your favourite web applications, so that you can enhance your online experience. No CDs required.

Simplicity in Sync

Chromebooks keep your apps, documents, favourites and settings safely in the cloud. That means you can login to a friend's Chromebook and access your profile without disturbing theirs. Or, if you lose or break your Chromebook you have nothing to worry about. Just get another and login, you will be back up and running in minutes like nothing happened.

Forever Fresh

Your Chromebook gets better and better over time, unlike a traditional PC. When you turn it on, it updates itself. Automatically. All of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. Annoying update prompts not included.

Samsung Chromebook screen
SuperBright 12.1-inch LED display is 40% brighter.
Samsung Chromebook battery
PowerPlus provides up to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted use.
Friends Let Friends Log In

Chromebooks are easy to share with family and friends. They can log in to experience all of their own Chrome settings, apps and extensions, or use a Guest session to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.

Built-in Security

Chromebooks run the first operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. They employ the principle of "defence in depth" to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot. Websites load quickly and smoothly and all your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud.

Hardware Features

SuperBright LED Display

The anti-reflective 12.1-inch LED display has a mirror effect and produces the sharpest images with 300-nlt brightness, which is up to 40 percent brighter than normal laptops. Get outstanding picture quality and text readability, even when you're outdoors. Enjoy the web longer without straining your eyes.

Wireless-N Wi-Fi

It's easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G.  The Wi-Fi LAN is compatible with ultra-fast Wireless-N networks (802.11n) as well as backward compatible with older networks (802.11b/g). As your Chromebook boots up, it quickly connects to your favourite wireless network so you're on the web right from the start.


Chromebook ports
Easy-to-Use Full-Sized Keyboard

Make the most of the web by using a keyboard that's designed for it. Your Chromebook comes equipped with a dedicated search key, a new row of web-enabled keys, and a comfortable, full-size layout that doesn't cramp your fingers so you can get more done and make fewer errors.

Longer Battery Lifespan with PowerPlus

Samsung's intelligent battery charging technology enables the battery to keep 80 percent of its original capacity for up to 1,000 recharges--more than 3x longer than a typical battery. This makes our batteries more economical and environmentally friendly since fewer batteries need to be replaced over the lifecycle.

Key Specifications

  • Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom dual-core N570 processor
  • Storage: 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD)
  • System Memory: 2 GB
  • Communications: Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), integrated 3G (via optional Three subscription)
  • Ports: Two USB 2.0, 4-in-1 memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Video out: VGA (via optional dongle)
  • Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack
  • Battery: 6-cell battery for up to 8.5 hours of use
  • Webcam: 1-megapixel

What's in the Box

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 (model XE500C21-H01UK), power adapter, operating instructions

Box Contains

Acer Aspire 7750 notebook computer
Power lead and adapter

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Style Name: 3G
Now, I was a bit dubious about buying a Chromebook. Early adoption of technology is always a risk, but with chrome it feels a lot less of one; due to the constant evolution of the operating system and huge battery life of the machine.

However, I was greeted with skepticism from all of my friends who asked "Why would you want a laptop which is only good with the internet?" to which I responded that I couldn't remember the last time I used a machine that wasn't connected to the net.

It's portable, boots very fast and has a great keyboard. Haven't fully burnt out the battery yet, but seems to give 8-9 hours easily and the boot time is about 10 seconds. It's negligible - you turn it on, and you're online. The browser is good, and added apps mean you can have games, word processing, calendar, email etc all opening up nicely.

It's solid to hold and thin (v.portable) but weighs slightly more than I thought it would.

I appreciate the chromebook isn't for everyone. But for a portable laptop that just works, keeps things simple and is very secure, you can't do better.

More portable than a laptop, easier to work on than a tablet - it holds that middle ground. And it does it perfectly. It's a journey that's just beginning, and i'm glad i'm on-board.

UPDATE: Having used the Chromebook for 4 months now - I have to say I'm even more impressed. I wouldn't suggest buying this machine as a main computer, but it's not designed for that. Word processing, spreadsheets etc are possible through google docs, but it is not as easy to use as it you have word/excel on your main computer. However, as a portable machine this is second to none. I'm a student and carry it around in my bag all the time - it's light, sturdy and never slows down.
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Style Name: Wi-Fi
I bought the Samsung Chromebook because I wanted one fast-access device, with an attached keyboard, where I didn't have constant reminders about security updates and scans, to act as a supplement to my home PCs. I'd been very interested in buying one since they appeared on the market, as I'd remarked to a colleague a few years ago that netbooks would run faster if the browser alone was the operating system, and you could probably do most tasks using this - so I had already bought into the concept, as far as I know, before it was even announced.

Anyway, in the following, I've compiled some points which I hope will be useful to other Amazon users.

Maximising browser speed:
With all apps and extensions loaded by default, web browsing slows down. They can all be switched On/Off manually, but I found one extension, Disable All Extensions Plus, which simplifies the process. Switching off all apps and extensions visibly speeds webpage opening/scrolling, for the times when you need it.

Skype videocalls:
I've tried IMO instant messaging, to login to Skype, and see my contacts online status. I needed to allowed access to my webcam and microphone for IMO, on the Macromedia Flash Player Settings Manager page, for Website Privacy Settings, and Peer Assisted Networking. Video works both ways, but I haven't been able to get sound both ways yet - I'm sure it can be done, since video works, so I'm not giving up on it, as it seems to offer a work-around for Skype.
Anyway, when videocalling a Skype contact, they receive a message in their Skype Conversations tab, inviting them to videochat with you. Clicking the link opens a browser window, showing them your webcam video.
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By Billy The Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2012
Style Name: 3G Verified Purchase
... providing you know the purpose of it.

I bought this 10 months ago and after regular use I simply cannot fault it. I use it as a secondary computer for when I can't be bothered to boot up the dektop and I want to find something very quickly on the web or carry out transactions online. This usage very often takes place in the middle of a restless night.

Open the lid and it is on. There have been many updates under the hood since I got it but I've never noticed them. No "download & install updates" then reboot to complete etc. It just checks whenever it is on and if anything needs updating it is automatically done. A battery charge seems to last forever, it is advertised at 8.5 hours and this is more than ample for my needs.

To get full advantage I think a Google account is desirable. I use Gmail along with the Chrome browser on my desktop and everything is always in total sync between the two, in fact the three as I also have the Chrome browser installed on a Tablet. Going on from that the Google calendar is also kept up to date with appointments etc. Fill it in on a single machine and it's then ready for me on all the others. All the others? Well, besides using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet there's also a Samsung mobile and all the information I need is always available on any of the four machines. I have installed the Evernote app on all gadgets and this together with Ultimate-To-Do makes life a lot simpler than it used to be.

I usually keep it at the bedside and as I said, open the lid and it is on; wireless connection never drops out and browsing is fast.
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