Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 comparison

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
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HP Chromebook 11

HP Chromebook 11
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HP Pavilion Chromebook 14

HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
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Toshiba Chromebook

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Price $699 at 1 store $239 to $249 at 2 stores $318 at 1 store $261 to $329 at 6 stores
CNET editors' rating
2.0 stars Mediocre
    Overall score: 4.5 (2.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 15 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date October 18, 2012 October 08, 2013 February 04, 2013 December 19, 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. 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. 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. Toshiba enters the growing Chromebook market with the first 13-inch model. It's a great size for switching between travel and home/office use and feels comfortable to type on, but other Chromebooks offer more features for the same 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
- 11.6 in - Exynos - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD
HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook 14-c010us - 14 in - Celeron 847 - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD
- 13.3 in - Celeron 2955U - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD
Packaged Quantity 1
Info unavailable 1
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Software Included Samsung Fast Start
Samsung Fast Booting
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Battery 4-cell
Info unavailable 4-cell - up to 4.25 hour(s)
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System Type Chromebook
Info unavailable Chromebook
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Display 12.1 in
LED backlight 1280 x 800 / WXGA
11.6 in
14 in LED backlight HD BrightView 1366 x 768 / HD
13.3 in 1366 x 768
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
Storage 16 GB
SSD
16 GB SSD
16 GB SSD
16 GB SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.25 in x 8.3 in x 0.7 in
11.7 in x 7.75 in x 0.69 in
13.7 in x 9.4 in x 0.8 in
12.9 in x 8.9 in x 0.8 in
Weight 3.1 lbs
2.3 lbs
4 lbs
3.3 lbs
Optical Drive Info unavailable Info unavailable None
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Networking 802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , Wireless cellular modem
Info unavailable 802.11n , 10/100 Ethernet
Bluetooth
802.11b/g/n
Processor Intel Celeron 867
1.3 GHz / 2 MB Cache
ARM Exynos
Intel Celeron 847 / 1.1 GHz / 2 MB Cache
Intel Celeron 2955U / 1.4 GHz
Memory 4 GB
DDR3 SDRAM
2 GB
2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
2 GB
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