Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 Review
Samsung has launched its new series of Chromebook, called Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550. There are some changes from its previous generation, a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron 867 processor (dual-core) which is the previous version was powered by an Intel Atom N570. The RAM has as well doubled from 2GB to 4GB. Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 has a 12.1-inch matte display (1280 x 800 resolution; 300 nit), 16GB solid-state drive, Intel HD graphics, and webcam.
In terms of connectivity, Chromebook Series 5 550 is equipped with WiFi N, 3G, Gigabit Ethernet; 4-in-1 media card slot. The are also several improvements from its earlier version such as, it can read zip files, PDFs, MP3 and MP4, M4A, and most image formats even though you still need an online service for document editing such as Google Docs.
Despite all the specifications, Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 has so many limitations if you are used to using Windows based laptop. Since all the applications run online via websites, web apps and Google’s online services, so you can’t just install applications like other Windows laptop do except playing movies or viewing images.
If you are not really into applications or you do things mostly online, then you might consider this Chromebook since it has a fast booting (about 7 seconds on start up) and a good battery life for your mobile purposes plus it has a built in 3G.
Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 price and availability
Available in United States, starting at $599 (Device: $449 + Management & support: $150 ).
Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
- Intel® Celeron® Processor
- 4 GB RAM
- 16 GB SSD drive
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)
- 12.1″ (1280×800) display
- 3.3 lbs / 1.48 kg
- Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit ethernet, and 3G modem (opt)
- HD Camera
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 4-in-1 memory card slot
- 6 hours battery life