Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 comparison

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
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Samsung Chromebook Series 3

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HP Pavilion Chromebook 14

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HP Chromebook 11

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

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Price $289 at 1 store $223 to $287 at 7 stores $249 to $254 at 2 stores $1,099 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
2.0 stars Mediocre
    Overall score: 4.5 (2.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.0 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 15 reviews 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 3.5 stars out of 1 review 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 11 reviews
Release date October 18, 2012 October 18, 2012 February 04, 2013 October 08, 2013 September 03, 2013
The Bottom Line Despite solid hardware and a slightly improved Chrome OS, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 comes with far too many caveats and compromises compared with similarly priced but more-capable tablets and laptops. The $249 Samsung Chromebook is a good extra computer for cloud-loving Google-centric Web users. The HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 advances the argument for Chrome as a low-cost mainstream computing environment, but the laptop's most noteworthy feature is a slightly bigger screen. A fresh look and comfortable feel make HP’s 11-inch budget Chromebook an appealing bet, especially for households that need a cheap no-frills Web-surfing Google Netbook. If you’re not thinking about productivity, though, you’re better off with a tablet. A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price.

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Product Description Samsung Series 5 - 12.1 in - Celeron 867 - Google Chrome OS - 4 GB RAM - 16 GB
XE550C22 SSD
Samsung Series 3 - 11.6 in 5 - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB
XE303C12 - Exynos 5 - 16 GB Flash
HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook 14-c010us - 14 in - Celeron 847 - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD
- 11.6 in - Exynos - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD
- 13.3 in - 4th gen Core i3 4010U - Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
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Software Included Samsung Fast Start
Samsung Fast Booting
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Battery 4-cell
2-cell - up to 6.3 hour(s)
4-cell - up to 4.25 hour(s)
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System Type Chromebook
Chromebook
Chromebook
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Display 12.1 in
LED backlight 1280 x 800 / WXGA
11.6 in
LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
14 in LED backlight HD BrightView 1366 x 768 / HD
11.6 in
13.3 in 3200 x 1800
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Info unavailable Intel HD Graphics
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Operating System Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Storage 16 GB
SSD
16 GB
16 GB SSD
16 GB SSD
128 GB SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.25 in x 8.3 in x 0.7 in
11.4 in x 8.1 in x 0.7 in
13.7 in x 9.4 in x 0.8 in
11.7 in x 7.75 in x 0.69 in
15.5 mm
Weight 3.1 lbs
2.4 lbs
4 lbs
2.3 lbs
3.1 lbs
Optical Drive Info unavailable None
None
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Networking 802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , Wireless cellular modem
802.11n None
802.11n , 10/100 Ethernet
Bluetooth
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Processor Intel Celeron 867
1.3 GHz / 2 MB Cache
5 / 1.7 GHz / 1 MB Cache
Samsung Exynos 5
Intel Celeron 847 / 1.1 GHz / 2 MB Cache
ARM Exynos
Intel 4th gen Core i3 4010U / 1.7 GHz / 3 MB Cache
Memory 4 GB
DDR3 SDRAM
2 GB
Flash: 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
2 GB
4 GB
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