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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G)

Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G)
Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G)


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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G)


Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G)

Samsung Chromebook XE550C22 12.1″ LED Notebook – Intel Celeron 867 1.30 GHz XE550C22-H01US Laptops & Notebooks Skip the waiting and forget the setup. With the innovative, Web-optimized Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 laptop, you can go straight online to create content, share favorite moments, and enjoy entertainment at the drop of a hat–the Chromebook will wake from sleep in just 1 second! Weighing just over 3 pounds, the ultra-compact design provides maximum portability without compromising on functionality and optimal performance. Built-in Google apps. Chromebooks feature 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 thousands of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. And you’ll get advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data without you ever having

  • Intel Celeron_867 Processor 1.3GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 16GB Hard Drive
  • 12.1-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Google Chrome OS

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  1. 477 of 495 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Chrome OS(Software) Review, May 30, 2012
    By 
    Captain Awesome (England) –

    I’ve been using one of the laptops that Google originally distributed in order to test Chrome OS. As the idea behind Chromebooks is new to some, I thought I’d focus on the operating system, though I’ve covered the hardware to a point.
    I’ll try to make this in-depth without it being too technical.

    If you’re looking for a quick idea of whether or not this is for you, jump to the bottom and read the summary.

    The Concept

    The premise on which Chrome OS is based is that almost everything you do when you use your computer happens in your browser, so Google have built a system that makes that experience as fast, as simple and as secure as they can. That simplicity also leads to an 8-hour battery life, which very few laptops can offer.
    This simpler approach means that you don’t have to deal with software updates(with one exception, see below) or worry about anti-virus software.
    This also means all of your files and media is stored on other computers, on the internet. Some people aren’t ready for that and if you’re not, Chromebooks aren’t for you.

    Applications and Limitations

    As you might imagine, just the web means no Windows, Mac or other typical software applications. Because of this, there’s no CD or DVD drive in a Chromebook.
    Though `just the web’ may sound extremely-limiting, you can do a lot in your browser; multimedia editing(including video), as well as voice and video chat is all entirely possible on a Chromebook, as is the creation and editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations. This software is available all over the web and there’s a selection of useful tools to be found in the Chrome Web Store, with free and paid solutions.
    That said, you can just type in a web address or search as you would normally to find a helpful website. As an example, Google, Zoho and Microsoft all offer web-based office suites, some of those are free and some paid.

    Setup

    Setting up a Chromebook is as simple as turning it on, putting in your Wi-Fi connection details and logging in.
    If there’s a new version of the operating system(as there was when I set my machine up) it will download that before you can continue. This may seem odd, as the idea is to make updates invisible to you, but Chromebooks check for updates the first time they’re run in case something in that update changes something key, like the introduction process for new users.
    Once the laptop has checked for updates, it reboots and you login. You’re then shown how to do various things with the click-able touchpad, such as scrolling and right-clicking.

    Speed

    After the first time it’s turned on Chromebooks are designed to be very fast. In my experience, that means booting up in around 9 seconds from off, whether that means the power button being pressed or the lid being lifted. If you close the lid for a while but leave the machine on, it should resume instantly.

    Security

    Whilst not being able to install traditional software can seem restrictive, it also has a huge benefit: no more anti-virus software.
    Viruses are so common on Windows(and lately the Mac operating system, OS X) because the more software that’s installed, the more potential vulnerabilities there are to exploit.

    Because the Chromebook knows what software should be installed, it can keep a copy in an encrypted area of the hard drive. Each time you turn the machine on, it checks to see if anything unathorised has changed in the software. If it has, that encrypted copy overwrites everything and any updates will be installed when you connect to the internet.
    No system is 100% secure, but this method(called verified boot) makes it much harder to compromise your machine.

    Privacy and Google

    Some users don’t like the idea of being dependent on any large company for their computing needs. So, does a Chromebook make you reliant upon Google?
    In short, no. Whilst Google does encourage you to log in to a Chromebook with your Google account, you can log in under Guest mode. Whilst using Guest mode, nothing you do is saved on the machine, you don’t need to log in to a Google service and you’re free to use any web-based service you choose. Google is currently working on other login methods.
    However, should you choose to login using your Google account(as I do and most users ultimately will) your settings and bookmarks can be saved and synched across any other device running Chrome(which now includes Android phones running Ice Cream Sandwich – version 4.0 of Android – and above), just as they are in for the Chrome browser.

    Files and Devices

    A key thing when using a system like this is being able to use files people email you and external hardware, just like you would on a Windows PC or a Mac.
    If someone emails you a picture, for instance, you can download that file and directly…

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  2. 112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hassle-free, fast and powerful, June 6, 2012
    By 
    JB (Illinois, USA) –
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    I had an older Chromebook and the new Samsung 550 is much much better. It is fast, simple and surprisingly powerful. As long as you’re comfortable with the Google Apps products (great word processor and spreadsheet, adequate presentation editor and capable of reading all Microsoft Office attachments) this is a perfect laptop for casual use. The concept of everything in the cloud works great, and makes it easy to upload, view and share pictures from your camera, do your email and social networking, and do your day-to-day document editing all from one place, then pick it up and continue on a different computer if needed. Google video chat or hangouts are better than Skype, and accommodates video conferencing with multiple parties, so ideal for families. This will save me a ton of time acting as tech support for my parents and sister, because there is so little to know to get this laptop working.

    I find it interesting to read reviews about how you can get a more powerful Windows laptop for the same price. To those reviewers: you’re missing the point. This laptop has none of the crud that is windows (with its slow boot, patches, updates and virus checkers) and simply works. Of course, if you are into gaming, or want to do video editing you need something bigger – but that is not the target audience for the Chromebook. For casual use (and that encompasses the majority of what most people do on a laptop) the Chromebook is perfect.

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  3. 79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Fantastic Update For a Killer Concept, June 6, 2012
    By 
    Joe (Augusta, GA United States) –
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    This review is from: Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G) (Personal Computers)

    I bought this after finding that I used my original Samsung Series 5 Chromebook more than I used any of my devices. With the increase in specs compared to last year’s machine, I was certain this would be an excellent device and my new favorite machine.

    Shell – Easily the most improved aspect. It’s not metal, but easily some of the best looking and feeling plastic you’ll find. The bottom has a textured brushed feel. There is a slight wedge feel to it vs. the uniform thickness of the original series 5. There are nice bumpers on the bottom and small ones near the keyboard which keeps the screen from touching the keys.

    Screen – Same screen as the prior model. Nice and bright when turned up. Matte. Wide viewing angle. The top to bottom viewing angle can be bit limited.

    Keyboard – The chiclet layout is same as prior. They have a bit more bounce than last time, and instead of the brushed plastic from the Series 5, these have a smoother surface. I like it, and it’s a pleasure to type on. Very bouncy and responsive. And as others have said there is the search button where the caps lock key is but you can change it back to caps lock function.

    Trackpad – Also MUCH better than before. New gestures include the three finger swipe for moving forwards and backwards when browsing. More responsive and accurate. It’s a bit smoother than before and feels of much higher quality.

    Speakers – Also greatly improved. On the series 5 the speakers were often barely audible even at full volume. These speakers can fill the living room with the volume turned up. Watching shows doesn’t require headphones to hear anymore. Very happy with this upgrade.

    OS – With the faster processor Chrome OS moves quickly and is much smoother than before. The new layout (which is on the older chromebook as well) is nice but I kinda liked the full screen “only browser” layout from before. This moves more towards a traditional OS look, where you can dock the apps at the bottom (such as Calendar, Youtube, etc). I’m not sure this adds much because formerly the New Tab page contained all your apps so they were all instantly available instead of the smaller selection you put at the bottom. They have also added the Google Drive to your File Manager area, which is nice. I highly suggest that if you want to get the full use of your Chromebook you need to make use of Google Docs and Drive. They are working to make creating docs offline possible. As a side note, the menus when you right click are also bigger now, which wasn’t really necessary.

    3G – Can’t judge how well this works because it isn’t working at all right now. I can’t even activate it. I called several people at Verizon and none of them even knew what a Chromebook was. I sent a message to the Chromebook ninjas and they informed me this is a “known issue” that they are working with Samsung and Verizon to resolve. I’m very nervous that this is a hardware issue as you can see that the 3G 550 isn’t available for purchase anymore, which makes me think they’ve pulled them. Hoping it’s something they can fix with Verizon’s network or with a Chrome OS update, but they really should have been able to do that by now.

    Another random issue is that it has trouble accessing Facebook. I’ve let the ninjas know about this as well. No issues on my Chrome browser on my Mac. No other websites seem to be affected.

    So basically the two major issues are the 3G access and the Facebook loading. Otherwise this is a great update and a wonderful device to use as a secondary machine. THIS IS NOT TO BE USED AS A PRIMARY MACHINE. You can’t install printers or other software. But for the same price as a tablet you get a nice large screen and a keyboard with greater functionality. Before anyone says a tablet can do more, try turning off the network and then see how much it can do. You can play some games and that’s about it.

    I’ll update with any information as it rolls back on the 3G issue.

    Update: I meant to post this sooner. The facebook issue is entirely resolved. As is the 3G. Personally if you have an android phone there are numerous free tethering apps out there at this point so you can usually get away with having the wifi only version and saving $100. That’s just one opinion so obviously it’s up to you.

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