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Samsung Chromebook XE Series

Samsung Chromebook XE500C12-K01USProcessor: unknown, Intel Celeron 867, Intel Celeron N2840, Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
Graphics Adapter: unknown, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 11.6 inch, 12.1 inch, 13.3 inch
Weight: 1.1kg, 1.2kg, 1.4kg, 1.5kg
Price: 250, 300, 400, 550 euro
Average Score: 74.24% - average
Average of 33 scores (from 50 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 63%, features: 72%, display: 73%
mobility: 78%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 98%

 

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01USNotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T604 MP4
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Price: 250 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section
 Chromebook XE303C12-A01US (Model)

Average Score: 74.33% - average
Average of 18 scores (from 26 reviews)

 

83% Review Samsung XE303C12-A01US Chromebook | Notebookcheck
Chrome is in. Despite its limited scope and continuing overlap with tablets and smartphones, the Chromebook is looking to stay and stand its ground. We take a closer look at the 11.6-inch Samsung Series 3 Chromebook equipped with the same processor as the Nexus 10. Can you go wrong with a $250 laptop?
Samsung Chromebook
Source: Hardware Secrets English
The Samsung Chromebook is aimed at a very specific kind of user: the one who is looking for a low-cost, simple and easy-to-use, light and thin laptop, exclusively for internet access. It can also be used for simple tasks as text editing, but always using online services. In other words, it can run anything that runs in a web browser.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2014
60% Samsung Series 3 XE303C12-A01US Chromebook
Source: Comp Reviews English
Just as with its pricing, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook falls in between the competitors. It may not have the longest running time or best performance but it gets the job done and provides a good set of peripheral ports that are missing from its most direct competitor. The keyboard is certainly comfortable as long as you can live with the small size of the system.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Samsung Chromebook Review: Nice 2nd Computer for Web Users
Source: Notebooks.com English
Who will enjoy a Samsung Chromebook? People with simple online needs that want an ultra-portable machine for a bargain cost. Of the Chromebooks now available, the Samsung Chromebook hits the sweet spot. The Acer Chromebook looks too barebones and the Chromebook Pixel looks like overkill for a web only machine. A few others make them, but none look and feel as good as the Samsung Chromebook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/30/2013
80% Samsung Chromebook Series 3
Source: Gadgetspeak English
While I saw a prototype unit a couple of years ago at Google, earlier versions of Chromebooks have passed me by. Rather different to a PC notebook and also different from a Google Tablet a Chromebook is a category of its own. Unless you require Windows programs then this certainly worth considering as it is fast in running and booting.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80%
80% Samsung Chromebook review
Source: Techradar English
Traditionally, we'd have said that a Chromebook isn't good enough to be your primary computer, and in too crowded a market with smartphones and even tablets, to consider as a second computer. And actually, it could be a useful second machine, especially if your primary computer is a desktop tower or all-in-one, or even just a bulky, heavy laptop. It's a good chuck-it-in-a-bag-and-head-to-Starbucks-to-get-some-work-done machine. It is, ultimately, good at doing the thing it's designed to do. All you have to do is decide if that thing is right for you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Chromebook Samsung Series 3 Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
Circling back to the initial question, I found it to be “good enough”, especially for $250. That is coming from someone who owns a MacBook Air and mostly run, you guessed it, the Chrome browser on it. Are you considering a Chromebook? What is holding you back? Share your thoughts with us and our readers!
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/25/2013
70% Samsung XE303C12 Chromebook review
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Samsung's Chromebook is a great size for an everyday laptop. However, it makes use of Google's Chrome OS, so it's not like a regular Windows or Mac laptop, and it needs an Internet connection to function properly. It's worth considering if you already make extensive use of Google's services in your everyday work.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Samsung Chromebook 3: Cheaper, more productive alternative to a tablet
Source: PC World English
This Chromebook is really designed for people who do little more than surf the web and create documents and spreadsheets, and who want something light, portable, and with a physical keyboard. It only has 16GB of internal storage, but never fear: Chromebook users get 100GB of free Cloud Drive storage for two years. While the Chromebook isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly a cheap and productive alternative to a similarly-equipped tablet. You don’t get a touchscreen, but you do get extra Cloud Drive storage, better performance, and a keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge
Source: Reg Hardware English
Has Google cracked the Chromebook second time around? Just about. Clearly you need to be in the market specifically for a cheap and smallish machine for day-to-day web surfing and some light media consumption, but assuming you are then both of these machines do a good job and the price is certainly right. In a nutshell, then, the Samsung is the purer Chromebook, but the Acer is the better cheap laptop.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 02/19/2013
80% Samsung Series 3 Chromebook review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you’re happy with a laptop that needs to be online to get the most from it, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook 303C is worth considering. It’s slim, stylish, light, quiet, lasts a good while on a charge, offers a great typing experience and it's available for a ridiculously good price. For students and casual users especially, this non-Windows machine presents an excellent buy - despite niggles like rear-facing connectivity and a somewhat dull screen taking a little of the shine off.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
50% Samsung Chromebook review
Source: It Pro English
Cheap and cheerful - the Chromebook is a bargain for those who just need a device for basic word processing tasks and to browse the web. We can see why it’s taken off in the education market. Despite it appearing to be more secure than the Android platform, we find hard to recommend the Chromebook at this time for business use as the functionality remains limited.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
70% Samsung Chromebook
Source: Wired Magazine English
WIRED Pricing hits the sweet spot: $250 for the Wi-Fi-only model. Keyboard and trackpad are responsive and comfortable. Great for watching streaming video, video chatting, and working in the cloud. Good battery life. Supports multiple user logins and office Docs editing. Chrome Remote Desktop app allows you to get into your other computers (Macs or PCs) easily. Updates arrive over the air automatically. TIRED MacBook Air styling is more of a head-scratcher than a head-turner. Display is low-res and materials are far from top-notch. No keyboard backlight. No Bluetooth device support other than mice and keyboards.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Samsung Series 3 Chromebook 303C review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Samsung Series 3 does elevate the Chromebook concept a step further, and it's the best one we've seen, hence a slight improvement compared to the Series 5 550's score, but we're still not totally sold. It's a mix of good and bad, which makes for an untimately average experience.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
83% Samsung Chromebook review
Source: PC Pro English
Chromebooks were always going to struggle to challenge proper Windows laptops or netbooks for straightforward appeal or flexibility, and Samsung and Google’s first effort entirely failed to recognise that fact. Overpriced and limited in scope, the original model was one for early adopters only.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 100% performance: 50% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
85% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Hardware-wise, the Series 3 is a solid laptop. However, as with all Chromebooks, the sticking point is the software. With this model, you have the advantage of the low $250 price tag. That amount isn’t much for a machine that can do basic tasks fairly well, especially if you know you’re going to use it in areas where connectivity isn’t in question.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2012
Rating: Total score: 85%
80% Samsung Series 3 Chromebook review
Source: T3 English
Samsung and Google are trying to sell the Chromebook as an ‘additional’ computer and at £229, the price is definitely right for a great looking laptop that covers most of the a computing bases but still has some way to go before it can be considered an operating system on par with what Apple and Microsoft currently serve up.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12)
Source: PC Mag English
The Samsung Chromebook Series 3 may not rival the latest ultrabooks in processing power, or offer the touch interfaces of tablets and smartphones, but it offers a reasonably priced laptop for those who can get by with web access and cloud-based storage and tools. For budget buyers that don't need much more than a way to get online, the Chromebook is even more affordable than the Editors' Choice Acer Aspire 5349-2635, and is a more palatable option than the more expensive Samsung Series 5 Chromebook 550 (XE550C22-H01). It's also several hundred dollars cheaper than the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, which may have a slick design, but suffers from many of the same limitations. Whether you're a writer pounding out verbiage at Starbucks or a college student researching a term paper, the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 may be all you need, at a price that's hard to ignore.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Series 3 Chromebook review
Source: Techradar English
And actually, it could be a useful second machine, especially if your primary computer is a desktop tower or all-in-one, or even just a bulky, heavy laptop. It's a good chuck-it-in-a-bag-and-head-to-Starbucks-to-get-some-work-done machine.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Chromebook review (2012)
Source: Engadget English
No matter how cheap Chromebooks get, they will always be a polarizing class of product: there are some people who couldn't be paid to use a laptop where everything is done in the browser. That said, $249 seems like an appropriate price for this sort of device -- more so than $450, certainly, which is what the last-gen model sold for.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/07/2012
70% Samsung Chromebook (XE303C12, Wi-Fi) Review
Source: Computer Shopper English
Given its $249 price, excellent keyboard, attractive design, and light weight, it’s hard not to recommend the new ARM Chromebook—for users going into the purchase with their eyes open. The latter is a key point: It’s not for everyone, due to the still undercooked Chrome OS, which brings some frustrations and limitations.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
While previous Chromebooks were too pricey and limited in functionality, the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 comes closest to capturing Google's original vision. With a cost of $249, this notebook gets people online on the cheap and provides a comfortable keyboard and touchpad. The 1.7-GHz Exynos 5 dual processor and 2GB of RAM can't run some of the games in the Chrome Store, but these components should satisfy many user's needs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Samsung Chromebook Review ($249 ARM-based model)
Source: Liliputing English
Samsung’s Chromebook XE303 is one of the cheapest laptops you can buy. But it’s an incredibly capable little machine for a $249 laptop. It’s thin, it’s light, and it feels very fast — even if it doesn’t actually have as much raw processing power as many laptops on the market. If you need to run desktop apps such as iTunes, QuickBooks, or Photoshop, the Chromebook might be a compliment to your primary computer, not a replacement for it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2012
80% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review
Source: Stuff TV English
While the Chromebook concept is better on paper than it is in practice, we still admire the fact that Samsung and Google have made a usable, well-built laptop for less than £230. The astonishing battery life makes it ideal for workers on the go, and its relatively cheap price and walled-garden OS is attractive to parents. But stick to Windows or Mac computers if you want anything more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Chromebook (XE303) Review: Testing ARM's Cortex A15
Source: AnandTech English
The move to ARM doesn't fundamentally change the performance or usability of the Chromebook. It's still a slow (relative to more expensive notebooks), limited use notebook. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to be aware of what you're getting into with this thing. The display is functional but not very good. Build quality is decent but the new Chromebook is still a plastic notebook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2012
Legitimer Netbook-Nachfolger mit einigen Eigenheiten
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: low price; non-glare panel; good keyboard
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2013
80% Review 2 Chromebooks getest
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Samsung Chromebook XE550C22-H01UK

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE550C22-H01UKNotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE550C22-H01UK
Processor: Intel Celeron 867
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 550 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section

 

GOOGLE Samsung Chromebook
Source: Zone-Numerique French FR→EN
Postive: Compact size; lightweight; inexpensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/19/2012

 

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-H01DE

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-H01DENotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-H01DE
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T604 MP4
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Price: 400 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section

Average Score: 82.8% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 10 reviews)

 

Samsung Chromebook mit Chrome OS im Test
Source: TechHive.com English
Zusammenfassend kann man sagen, dass das Chrome OS an einigen Stellen noch nicht ganz ausgereift scheint du dass die Ruckler sicherlich nicht von der Hardware kommen sondern von der Software. Der Prozessor kann nämlich eigentlich FullHD Videos ohne Probleme abspielen und auch der Arbeitsspeicher dürfte ausreichen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2013
79% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (303C12-H01)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 7/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 79%
85% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (303C12-H01)
Source: SFT - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
72% Neuer Anlauf, alte Macken
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 40% features: 67% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
98% Die neue Alternative zu Windows 8 und Mac OS X
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 98% performance: 75% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 100%
Samsung Chromebook Serie 3 (XE30C12)
Source: ITespresso German DE→EN
Positive: consolidated body; high processing power
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/19/2013
Samsung Chromebook: Notebook versagt im Test
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Positive: good workmanship and battery runtime Negative: subprime display; low performance
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2013
Samsung Chromebook
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Positive: light weight device; low price
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2013
80% Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
ОБЗОР НОУТБУКОВ ACER C720 CHROMEBOOK И SAMSUNG CHROMEBOOK XE303
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Cloud storage; good autonomy; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2013

 

Samsung Chromebook XE503C12-K01US

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE503C12-K01USNotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE503C12-K01US
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
Graphics Adapter: unknown
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 300 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section
 Chromebook XE503C12-K01US (Model)

 

A $400 laptop never looked so good
Source: Engadget English
Chromebooks still aren't for everyone: There will always be people who need stronger performance. Who need full offline access. Who need to install Skype. If that's you, no Chromebook will do, even if it is wrapped in fake leather. For a certain kind of customer, though -- schools, students on a budget, a traveler in need of a lighter laptop -- Chrome OS could be compelling.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/30/2014

 

Samsung Chromebook XE503C12-K01UK

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE503C12-K01UKNotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE503C12-K01UK
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
Graphics Adapter: unknown
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 300 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section
 Chromebook XE503C12-K01UK (Model)

Average Score: 67% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

67% Samsung Chromebook 2 review
Source: PC Pro English
Still, you may well be willing to put up with the occasional pause or stutter, given how good the battery life is. When looping a cached 720p YouTube video with Wi-Fi turned off and the screen set to 120cd/m2, the Chromebook 2 lasted a significant 7hrs 39mins, almost two hours longer than the lifespan of the Dell Chromebook 11. That's enough to bump up the Samsung's Performance rating a notch.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 67% features: 67% workmanship: 67%

 

Samsung Chromebook XE503C32-K01US

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE503C32-K01USNotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE503C32-K01US
Processor: unknown
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T628 MP6
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 400 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section
 Chromebook XE503C32-K01US (Model)

Average Score: 66% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

70% Samsung Chromebook 2 13-inch
Source: Comp Reviews English
If you just hate the low resolution screens in Chromebooks and want something with a bit more style, then the 13-inch Chromebook 2 from Samsung is going to be the one to look at thanks to its 1920x1080 resolution screen and faux-leather trim. The design even features an excellent keyboard and long battery life but you will have to live with some inconsistent performance compared to other Chromebooks and a price that puts it close to a full blown laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
57% Samsung Chromebook 2 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
With a starting price of $319, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is a logical choice for someone looking for a basic, portable laptop for web browsing, streaming media, checking email, and working in Google Docs. The Chromebook 2, like all Chromebooks we’ve seen to date, is the epitome of “good enough.” If you don’t need to do much on your laptop, then a Chromebook is “good enough.”
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 57%
70% Samsung Chromebook 2
Source: Laptop Mag English
The $399 Samsung Chromebook 2 looks slick, boots quickly and has everything you need to make the most of Google's budding Chrome OS. Its full-HD display puts it a step above many Chromebook competitors, and its lightweight design and 9.5-hour battery life make it an ideal companion for the road.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
67% Samsung Chromebook 2 (13.3in) review
Source: PC Pro English
Also, bear in mind that Google’s OS has come on a lot in recent times: it allows documents and spreadsheets to be edited offline, for example, and some apps and games can be installed locally. At the same time, the amount you can get done online has increased. If you haven’t considered a Chromebook before, the Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3in might make you think again.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 50% features: 83% workmanship: 83%

 

Samsung Chromebook XE500C12-K01US

Specifications

Samsung Chromebook XE500C12-K01USNotebook: Samsung Chromebook XE500C12-K01US
Processor: Intel Celeron N2840
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 300 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section
 Chromebook XE500C12-K01US (Model)

Average Score: 71% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: worth the wait?
Source: Slashgear English
You’ll get a full day’s use on a single charge, too. Samsung says 9 hours, and that’s about what I got. I went pretty hard for a full day, and the Chromebook 2 gently slipped into “please plug me in”. That’s a big plus, and means you could probably take this for a short vacation (with light use) without a charger. Start getting into video playback, and the battery life dips.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/01/2014
Samsung Chromebook 2
Source: Liliputing English
Samsung’s Chromebook 2 with an Intel Bay Trail processor is a small, inexpensive, and speedy-enough-for-casual-use laptop with a fanless design for quiet operation. It has a matte display, which some folks will consider a plus, but it has limited viewing angles and doesn’t get as bright as some other laptop displays.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/08/2014
Samsung Chromebook 2 review: worth the wait?
Source: Slashgear English
I found the spec sheet a good fit for what Chromebooks are meant to do. You’ll do some light web surfing, maybe play a few games, check your social feeds, and work on a paper or two. So long as you’re invested in the Google ecosystem, that all becomes quite simple and seamless. If you’re migrating between OSs, it may not be so simple, but that’s another argument for another day.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/31/2014
74% A stronger Chromebook in more ways than one
Source: CNet English
There's not a lot of wow factor when it comes to Chromebooks (with the exception of maybe Google's pricey Pixel), and the Samsung Chromebook 2 doesn't really change that. It is, however, an inexpensive well-built and nice-looking Chromebook for its price, and the included video-chat support is a fine bonus.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 70% mobility: 70%
70% Samsung Chromebook 2
Source: Digital Trends English
With a solid build, improved battery life, and good audio for an 11.6-inch laptop, the Chromebook 2 XE500C12 is a very solid entry into the now-crowded sub-$300 Chromebook market. If your budget is tight, note that Asus’ $200 Chromebook C200 has 2GB of RAM, as well as a similar (though slightly slower) Intel Bay Trail-M processor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Samsung Chromebook 2
Source: Laptop Mag English
A more powerful Intel Celeron processor definitely makes the $249 11-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 faster than its 13-inch brother. I also liked the leatherlike design and responsive touchpad, but there's still room for improvement. The Chromebook 2's keyboard feels somewhat cramped, and the display doesn't offer vibrant colors or very much brightness.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Samsung Chromebook 2 (XE500C12-K01US)
Source: PC Mag English
While the Samsung Chromebook 2 offers some solid improvements over the Samsung Chromebook Series 3, it's now just one among many, as the category has grown from only a few to a two-fisted handful. The Chromebook 2 does have a lot to offer, like long battery life and a surprisingly robust collection of included apps, but the primary appeal is still the price—the Chromebook 2 is one of the least expensive models you can buy. You'll definitely have better features on the likes of the Acer Chromebook C720P-2600, with its touch display, or the HP Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE, but for simple value for your dollar, the Samsung Chromebook 2 (XE500C12-K01US) lands toward the front of the pack.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

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Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

ARM Mali-T604 MP4: Four core version of the T604 with support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and DirectX 11.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

ARM Mali-T628 MP6: OpenGL ES 3.0 capable graphics card for smartphones and tablets (e.g. included in the Exynos 5420 and 5422 with 6 cores).

Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail):

Integrated GPU for tablet and notebook Bay Trail SoCs. Based on the Ivy Bridge GPU with four Execution Units and support for DirectX 11.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

unknown:

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Samsung Exynos:

5250 Dual: Dual-core Cortex A15 with an ARM Mali-T604 graphics card.

5420 Octa:

Exynos 5 SoC with four Cortex-A15 cores, four Cortex-A7 cores and an ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. Successor to the Exynos 5410.

Intel Celeron:

867:

Ultra Low Voltage dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. Due to the Celeron brand, many features of the Sandy Bridge core are deactivated.

N2840: Soc with an integrated dual core Atom processor clocked at up to 2.58 GHz and an Intel HD Graphics GPU.

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12.1: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

13.3: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.1 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

1.5 kg:

This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


74.24%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C61U
Celeron N2830, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Pro NB10-A-10P
Pentium N3510, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire E3-111-C37U
Celeron N2840, 1.3 kg
» HP Stream 11-d001dx
Celeron N2840, 1.2 kg
» Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
Atom Z3735F, 0.98 kg
» Acer CB3-111
Celeron N2840, 1.25 kg
» HP Pavilion 11-n016tu x360
Pentium N3520, 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire E3-111-C1BW
Celeron N2930, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-111P-P6VM
Pentium N3530, 1.4 kg
» Medion Akoya P2214T MD 99430
Celeron N2940, 1.604 kg
» Asus EeeBook X205
Atom Z3735D, 1 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-111P-27AC
Celeron N2830, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e
Celeron N2930, 1.7 kg
» Lenovo N20p-59426642 Chromebook
Celeron N2830, 1.284 kg
» Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-10F
Celeron N2820, 1.3 kg
» Asus X200MA-KX366B
Celeron N2830, 1.2 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T200TA
Atom Z3775, 1.602 kg
» Dell Inspiron 11-3147
Pentium N3530, 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-111P-43BC
Pentium N3530, 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire E3-111-C45G
Celeron N2930, 1.3 kg
» Asus C200MA-DS01
Celeron N2830, 1.2 kg
» HP Pavilion 11-n000ed
Pentium N3520, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Pro NB10-A-109
Celeron N2810, 1.5 kg
» HP Pavilion 11t-n000 x360
Pentium N3520, 1.4 kg
» Acer C720P-29552G03aii Chromebook
Celeron 2955U, 1.3 kg
» Asus K200MA-DS01T
Celeron N2815, 1.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-11-30 (Update: 2012-11-30)