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Samsung Chromebook Series 3

Samsung Chromebook Series 3
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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
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Dell XPS 12

Dell XPS 12
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)
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Price $184 to $275 at 8 stores $738 at 1 store $866 to $998 at 7 stores $1,000 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.0 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 19 reviews 3.5 stars out of 4 reviews 3.0 stars out of 19 reviews 3.5 stars out of 20 reviews
Release date October 18, 2012 October 05, 2012 August 28, 2012 June 11, 2012
The Bottom Line The $249 Samsung Chromebook is a good extra computer for cloud-loving Google-centric Web users. Slightly less conservative-feeling than the average ThinkPad, the well-made ThinkPad Twist offers one of the better tablet modes from the first wave of Windows 8 convertibles. Dell has revamped its rotating Duo laptop concept into the much-improved XPS 12, but like most convertibles, it makes a better laptop than tablet. 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.

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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
- 3rd Gen Core i5 - Microsoft Windows 8
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u 3347 - 12.5 in i5-3317U - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
- 12.5 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U - Microsoft Windows 8 - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
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
Packaged Quantity 1
1
Info unavailable 1
Software Included Info unavailable Info unavailable 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
Battery 2-cell - up to 6.3 hour(s)
8-cell - up to 6 hour(s)
Info unavailable up to 7 hour(s)
System Type Chromebook
Ultrabook
Info unavailable Notebook
Display 11.6 in
LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
12.5 in LED backlight Yes 1366 x 768 / HD
12.5 in 1920 x 1080
13.3 in
LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
Graphics Info unavailable Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD 4000
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Operating System Google Chrome OS
Microsoft Windows 8
- English / MUI
Microsoft Windows 8
Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Storage 16 GB
500 GB HDD / 7200 rpm + 24 GB SSD cache
128 GB SSD
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.4 in x 8.1 in x 0.7 in
12.3 in x 9.3 in x 0.8 in
12.48 in x 8.46 in x 0.79 in
12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.68 in
Weight 2.4 lbs
3.5 lbs
3.35 lbs
2.96 lbs
Networking 802.11n None
802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , None
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11a/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
Optical Drive None
None
Info unavailable None
Processor 5 / 1.7 GHz / 1 MB Cache
Samsung Exynos 5
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5
3 i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 2.6 GHz
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 1.8 GHz
( 2.8 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Memory 2 GB
Flash: 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
Mechanical Design Info unavailable Convertible design
Info unavailable Info unavailable
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