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5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung Chromebook - Notebook/Netbook/Tablet/Brilliant, 26 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD) (Personal Computers)
Samsung Chrome book. - Just a mini review on many areas...

Operating System - Silent and slick, Google chrome OS runs without lag, or loading. With Ease you can arrange your icons or apps into the dock, or leave in the incredibly slick App drawer. I like what I see. 9/10

Screen - When looking directly at the screen, it is bright, and the apps are clearly defined. Looks good, and the choice of a matte screen allows the chrome book to be seen in direct sunlight, Something not many laptops can claim... A glossy screen would increase the price, and as this is Google's ' ultra-portable take everywhere' device, a matte screen was the right choice. 7/10

Keyboard/Track pad - Both are amazing. Easily defeats my larger laptops keyboard, the keys are separated, with what can only be described as a Macbook like Keyboard. It is a pleasure to type on, and my preference over any other keyboard I have ever used.
The trackpad is also a hit with me, smooth and precise. I can easily move around web pages with one hand, and the gestures the trackpad hides are also very effective, Particularly the scroll ( Two finger swipe up/down ). There is also an uncountable amount of keyboard shortcuts, which can be viewed by holding Ctrl,alt and the ? button all at once. this includes useful things, such as screenshots. Not necessary, but nice. 10/10

Ports - The Samsung Chromebook has 1x USB 2.0 Ports,
1x USB 3.0 Ports,
1x SD Card Slot
1x HDMI Output
1x Headphone Jack ( 3.5mm)
Along with the input for power, and a slot for a Sim Card, blocked off as I own the WiFi model.
Every port is good, with the USB 3.0 providing fast transfers from a memory stick or hard drive. The 3.5mm Headphone port is a bit of a squeeze, yet clicks in when it is under pressure.
The speakers on the chrome book are also very nice, I didn't expect much from such a small device, but the result was surprisingly good. Loud and Clear, with a range of tones.

Hardware/Performance - The Samsung chromebook, even though seeming like a downgrade from the previous Intel model, doesnt dissapoint, with the new Arm A15 Chip, along with 2GB of RAM, allow the chromebook to be a pretty impressive machine. It eats web pages, HD Content on youtube and memory stick, and Light to Medium Level Gaming for breakfast. Shame that there isnt any Netflix support yet, something to do with the licensing here in the UK, but it is supposedly being fixed soon, sooner rather than later hopefully. I havent experienced any lag, freezing, buffering on youtube videos, or stutters whilst playing a HD Movie from a memory stick, and it all seems very neat and smooth. Im a definite fan. Unintetionally, the last word 'Fan' reminded me that i am currently typing on a silent machine. The chromebook has no hard drive, and the Arm chip uses very little juice. 6 Hours of constant use off one charge, and it runs silently. Eery, but nice.

Body - The Chromebooks body can only be described by the word 'Hot'. it just looks hot, and the pictures dont do it justice. It weighs practically nothing, yet the thin, light frame is very sturdy, no creaks or unwanted noises.

Overall - Looking for a device for some web browsing, email checking, playing the odd time passing game, completing school work, Youtube videos, I could go on. It seems like a complete machine. Netflix support, along with a few more crucial additions to the chrome web store would make this machine a 10/10.

(Addition after 4 days of owning the chromebook) - Beautiful. I havent touched my windows PC in days, it has completely replaced it. Documents, School work, youtube, movies. Put all my music on Google play, and my movies onto either my 16gb pen drive, or a 16gb sd card, which slots nicely into the chromebook. Battery life is amazing, and the only possible thing i can think of that could improve this near perfect device would be a backlit keyboard. I know this is ambitious for a budget device, but with doing a lot of web browsing late at night, this would be a welcome addition for me.

Buy one now.

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Initial post: 26 Dec 2012 03:19:26 GMT
A. Dightam says:
Nice review, SB. Netflix isn't available here in the US either just yet - they're working on making it work with a ARM processor. It's on the way though. Merry X.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 10:51:42 GMT
D. C. Ulyatt says:
many thanks for the review .. I'm probably just a few hours away from ordering one (I like to ponder first :-) ... a few quick questions which I'd be grateful if you could answer.

1) using the trackpad, is it easy to copy and paste?

2) Can you use an external hard drive to store files locally if desired

3) Will it play mp3s stored on a hard drive ok?

4) I've read PDFs are heard to read .. is that true do you think?

many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 11:15:38 GMT
baxter61 says:
1) The trackpad is very smooth moving around, and I tend to be more of a tapper than a clicker... but i have copied and pasted a few web addresses without any problems.
2) I havennt plugged an external hard drivein yet, but i have used a usb drive and an SD card, both of which the chromebook recpgnised instantly, and opened up the file explorer, so id imagine a hard drive would work just fine.
3)It plays MP3's stored on my usb beautifully.
4)I havent actually tried PDF's yet... so just opened another window and suprise suprise, they also work smoothly. Google really have thought of everything, Thanks for your questions, any more are welcome, and ill answer them as well as i can.


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 11:25:08 GMT
D. C. Ulyatt says:
thanks for that .. actually forgot the one which gets most negative points and that is the display. I popped into a local store to have a look but they wouldn't log on so I couldn't see what the display was like. Many reviews say it isn't very bright and that unless you get the viewing angle more or less exact, it's quite poor ... any thoughts?


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 22:14:50 GMT
baxter61 says:
No problems... and the screen in my addition is excellent. The matte display looks good when looking at text, and works a charm in direct sunlight. you get no fingerprints, and granted, the colours can be a little washed out if you tilt the screen a few cm forward or backward... but it doesnt really make a difference. Picky people get on my nerves.

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