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Samsung Chromebook Series 3

Samsung Chromebook Series 3
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)
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Samsung QX410-J01

Samsung QX410-J01
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Sony Vaio E Series SVE11113FXW

Sony Vaio E Series SVE11113FXW
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Price $229 to $269 at 7 stores $999 at 1 store $1,640 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.0 (3.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 3.5 stars out of 20 reviews 3.5 stars out of 42 reviews 1.5 stars out of 3 reviews
Release date October 18, 2012 June 11, 2012 November 18, 2010 June 22, 2012
The Bottom Line The $249 Samsung Chromebook is a good extra computer for cloud-loving Google-centric Web users. This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be. Slickly designed and amply featured, the Samsung QX410 looks and plays the part of a more expensive high-end laptop at a price that's a solid value. With only a handful of 11-inch laptops still available, serious travelers are flocking to ultrathin 13-inch models instead. But the low price and good battery life of the Sony Vaio E keep it from being counted out.

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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
Apple MacBook Air MacBook Air (13 in, Summer 2012) - 13.3 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB
Flash storage SSD
Samsung QX410 J01 - 14 in - Core i5 i5-460M - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition - 4 GB RAM - 640 GB HDD
Sony VAIO E Series VAIO E
- 11.6 in - E2-1800 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
Software Included Info unavailable Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Samsung Recovery Solution V
Samsung Fast Start
Samsung Easy Speed Up Manager
CyberLink Youcam
Samsung Easy Display Manager
Norton Internet Security (60 days subscription)
VAIO Care
VAIO Media Gallery
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
VAIO Gate
Sony PlayMemories Home
Kaspersky Internet Security (30 days subscription)
Battery 2-cell - up to 6.3 hour(s)
up to 7 hour(s)
6-cell - up to 7 hour(s)
up to 5.5 hour(s)
System Type Chromebook
Notebook
Notebook
Notebook
Display 11.6 in
LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
13.3 in
LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
14 in LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
11.6 in LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
Graphics Info unavailable Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce 310M / Intel HD Graphics - 512 MB
AMD Radeon HD 7340
Operating System Google Chrome OS
Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Storage 16 GB
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
640 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.4 in x 8.1 in x 0.7 in
12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.68 in
13.7 in x 9.7 in x 1.1 in
11.4 in x 8 in x 1.3 in
Weight 2.4 lbs
2.96 lbs
5.1 lbs
3.3 lbs
Networking 802.11n None
802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , None
WiMAX
802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , None
Bluetooth 4.0 HS
Optical Drive None
None
DVD SuperMulti DL
None
Processor 5 / 1.7 GHz / 1 MB Cache
Samsung Exynos 5
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 1.8 GHz
( 2.8 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel Core i5 i5-460M / 2.53 GHz ( 2.8 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
AMD E2-1800 1.7 GHz / 1 MB Cache
Memory 2 GB
Flash: 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
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