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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook (Arctic White) - Sim Card not included (Personal Computers)
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. I get 8 hours of battery from it every time and the continuing updates mean that any glitches are fixed in a matter of hours. The fact that it boots in 10 seconds is very useful and the keyboard is very impressive - easily able to type up notes in lectures, or even write this review. The screen is bright and easy to read - and it really does just work so well. I'm amazed I don't see many of these machines on campus as they truly are brilliant.

If you want a portable, easy to use second computer- mainly for internet use; this is for you.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2011, 19:47:15 GMT
I have the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and it breaks the mould of a tablet by being easy to work on becasue of it's keyboard. The cloud storage is a nice feature though.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2011, 08:52:47 GMT
Andy says:
But doesn't the Asus Eee Pad Transformer cost quite a bit more (if you get the keyboard anyway)?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012, 18:43:26 GMT
I have to agree. Those looking to buy one of these should also seriously consider the Asus Transformer or Transformer Prime

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012, 14:37:10 GMT
M. Freeman says:
The asus doesn't come in 3G though?

Posted on 5 Feb 2012, 21:08:38 GMT
The Asus Eee Pad is one to consider - but it depends what your planned usage is. The 3G is a great option and this is so simple to use that I couldn't fault it. It's also now £349 which is quite a steal.

Posted on 4 May 2012, 18:16:58 BST
Owl says:
I'd like to see the end of the dominance of Microsoft Office as if it the best or only way to do documents.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012, 19:07:55 GMT
do you need to have ainternet connectiomn broad band ie bt aol etc

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012, 19:24:02 GMT
Google docs now works offline, as do some apps. As with any computer, you need internet to make the most of it, or use the internet.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2013, 16:19:52 BST
J. Grayland says:
Why not use: http://www.openoffice.org ? Works great for most office applications.
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