Samsung Series 5
For the uninitiated, the most astonishing about the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook isn’t what it’s got; it’s what it’s missing.
No operating system, no hard drive, no function keys, no caps lock. Insanity.
$430 Wi-Fi Only
$500 Wi-Fi + 3G
What it does have is a web browser — Google Chrome, to be exact, the thing that makes it go. You sign in to your various web accounts and do all your e-mailing, writing, tweeting, streaming and all your other -ings right there in the browser. Sounds limiting? You’d be surprised how much you can get done in a browser-only environment, and how little you miss Microsoft Entourage. Both Wi-Fi-only and 3G-equipped models are available.
Though it’s mostly plastic, the Series 5 isn’t janky like most netbooks in the $400 price range. At 3.3 pounds, it’s not terribly heavy, and it’s fairly thin when closed — 0.79 inches, to be exact. And unlike other netbooks around $450, the Series 5 has a full-sized keyboard. Typing on Samsung’s Chromebook feels just like using a regular laptop keyboard. But without caps lock — genius!
get-gadget Primed for cloud dwellers. SD card reader accepts multiple types of cards, including HCSD. Handles HD web video just fine. Battery lasts about seven or eight hours. Great for travel. Cheap.
TIRED No operating system? Pfft! Can’t use it to sync your iPhone. The tight association with Google may creep some people out. All-plastic construction will creep out everyone else.
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