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6/8/2011
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Samsung Chromebook: Hands-On Visual Tour

Finally, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 surfaces. Early verdict: This beautiful, slightly pricey gadget adds elegance to Google's Mobile OS.




The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, still in its packing material. Samsung's strong sense of aesthetics is evident in the Series 5. Its gently curved corners and clean lines define a notebook that could be mistaken for a design by Apple's Jonathan Ive, except perhaps for the two-tone color palette (white on top and black on the outside in our review unit; Titan Silver is another option) and the packaging: Apple's boxes and wrapping just look more elegant. The Wi-Fi model lists for $430 and the 3G model lists for $499.

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 presents Google's browser-based operating system in a flattering light. The Series 5 is light, weighing only 3.3 lbs, a bit less than an HP Pavilion dm1z ultraportable and a bit more than the 13" MacBook Air. It's slim too, measuring 8.6" x 0.79" x 11.6." Its screen, which measures 12.1" diagonally, has a resolution of 1200x800. It's powered by a 1.66-GHz Intel Atom Processor N570 and comes with 2-GB standard system memory (DDR3), a 16-GB solid-state drive (mSATA), and 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity. It also comes with a built-in microphone and an integrated camera, which happen to work well with Google Talk for voice calls or video chat.

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The first 100 MB of broadband data each month is free; when you want some more, pay Verizon.

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Samsung's talking points about its Chromebook detail its speed, connectivity, and accessibility.

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Samsung's Chromebook emerges from packaging.

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Choose a wireless network and you're ready to go.

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Login using a guest account if your Wi-Fi network requires Web authentication; otherwise you'll be jumping through hoops to get connected.

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The keyboard is clean, readable, and well-laid out, which proves there's life beyond touch pads.

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The SD card reader gets images or music into the Chromebook and onto the Web. A browser tab that lists the contents of external storage media; from there, you can play songs or videos using the built-in media player.

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The case is white on top, black on the bottom.

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You're going to read this in full, right?

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Chrome OS runs Web applications--if you require applications that don't run on the Web, you'll want to stick with Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows. But for a growing number of uses, the Web is enough.

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The power port, the VGA, a USB port, and the audio port can all be seen here on the Chromebook's side.

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Another USB port and the side SD card slot are on the Chromebook's other side.

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The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, coming soon to an online retailer near you.

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