Samsung Chromebook Series 3 comparison

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Samsung Chromebook Series 3

Samsung Chromebook Series 3
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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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Acer C7 Chromebook

Acer C7 Chromebook
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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
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Price $229 to $269 at 8 stores $236 to $249 at 2 stores $289 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
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)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
2.0 stars Mediocre
    Overall score: 4.5 (2.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 1 review 3.5 stars out of 27 reviews 4.5 stars out of 15 reviews
Release date October 18, 2012 October 08, 2013 February 04, 2013 November 12, 2012 October 18, 2012
The Bottom Line The $249 Samsung Chromebook is a good extra computer for cloud-loving Google-centric Web users. 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. At $199, the Acer C7 is an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a supercheap portable laptop, but the Chrome OS and short battery life mean you'll have to accept a lot of compromises. 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.

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Product Description Samsung Series 3 - 11.6 in 5 - Google Chrome OS - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB
XE303C12 - Exynos 5 - 16 GB Flash
- 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
- 11.6 in - Google Chrome OS - 320 GB HDD
Acer Chromebook C7 - Celeron - 2 GB RAM
Samsung Series 5 - 12.1 in - Celeron 867 - Google Chrome OS - 4 GB RAM - 16 GB
XE550C22 SSD
Packaged Quantity 1
Info unavailable 1
1
1
Software Included Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Google Drive (100 GB Cloud Storage)
Samsung Fast Start
Samsung Fast Booting
Battery 2-cell - up to 6.3 hour(s)
Info unavailable 4-cell - up to 4.25 hour(s)
up to 3.5 hour(s)
4-cell
System Type Chromebook
Info unavailable Chromebook
Chromebook
Chromebook
Display 11.6 in
LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
11.6 in
14 in LED backlight HD BrightView 1366 x 768 / HD
11.6 in 1366 x 768
LED backlight / HD
12.1 in
LED backlight 1280 x 800 / WXGA
Graphics Info unavailable Info unavailable Intel HD Graphics
Info unavailable Intel HD Graphics
Operating System Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Storage 16 GB
16 GB SSD
16 GB SSD
320 GB HDD
16 GB
SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.4 in x 8.1 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
1 in
11.25 in x 8.3 in x 0.7 in
Weight 2.4 lbs
2.3 lbs
4 lbs
3 lbs
3.1 lbs
Networking 802.11n None
Info unavailable 802.11n , 10/100 Ethernet
Bluetooth
802.11a/b/g/n
802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , Wireless cellular modem
Optical Drive None
Info unavailable None
None
Info unavailable
Processor 5 / 1.7 GHz / 1 MB Cache
Samsung Exynos 5
ARM Exynos
Intel Celeron 847 / 1.1 GHz / 2 MB Cache
Intel
Celeron
Intel Celeron 867
1.3 GHz / 2 MB Cache
Memory 2 GB
Flash: 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
2 GB
2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB
DDR3 SDRAM
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