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Samsung Series 5 3G 12.1-Inch Chromebook (Titan Silver)

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  • 12.1-Inch SuperBright high-resolution, non-glare display ideal for web browsing
  • Boots in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly
  • Up to 8.5 hours of continuous use
  • Thin & light design
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Product Description

Samsung XE500C21-H04US 12.1" Chromebook Computer Atom N570 16GB SSD 2GB RAM

Chromebooks are a unique class of mobile computing devices, designed specifically for Web-based tasks. They differ from traditional laptops in a few important ways:

Chromebooks run Web-based apps, not traditional PC applications.
Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft's Office web apps.

You store your files in the Cloud, not on the machine.
To help make them thin and light, Chromebooks are built without large-capacity drives. So instead of storing your documents, videos, and photos on your computer, you save them to Google Drive (Google's Cloud-based storage service). Your files are password-protected and secure, and you can access them anywhere there's an Internet connection. If you know you'll want access to a file or photo offline, however, you can easily save it to the built-in solid-state drive.

Innovatively designed to go as long as you can, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 lets you spend the whole day surfing, streaming, and working on the web on just one charge. With less than 10-second booting and an amazing 8.5 hours of battery life, the light and sleek Chromebook Series 5 gives you the ultimate web experience that you won't find on any other laptop.

Samsung Chromebook
Search for the best web experience and you'll find the new Samsung Chromebook Series 5 (see larger image).

The Chrome-based operating system features a streamlined user interface, making it easier for you to navigate the web--where you already spend most of your computing time. All your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. Every Chrome notebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. And the Samsung Chromebook uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data without you ever having to lift a finger.

This Samsung Chromebook in Titan Silver features a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display with an anti-reflective screen. It's powered by a next-generation, dual-core Intel processor, which combines performance and energy efficiency to provide new levels of support for applications like games, as well as Adobe Flash technology for improved access to multimedia sites such as YouTube and Hulu. Weighing in at 3.3 pounds, the ultra compact design provides maximum portability without compromising on functionality and optimal performance

This model includes integrated 3G broadband cellular connectivity via Verizon Wireless as well as ultra-fast Wireless-N networking for connecting to home or office LANs. It also includes two USB ports, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, buttonless touchpad with multi-gesture support, and a 1-megapixel webcam for video chats and snapping pics for social networking sites.


Silver Samsung Chromebook
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 boots in less than 10 seconds (see larger image).


Silver Samsung Chromebook
Your Chromebook gets better and better over time with automatic updates (see larger image).

Chromebook Features

Instant On

The Samsung Chromebook gets you on the web as quickly as possible. It boots in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly from sleep. Open the lid, and you're back on the web so you don't miss a beat. And Chromebooks are designed to get faster over time as updates are released.

Find Your Next Favorite Web App

Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you're not connected. To try the latest apps, visit the Chrome Web Store or just type in a URL. You can easily create shortcuts on your new tab page to launch your favorite web applications, so that you can enhance your online experience. No CDs required.

Simplicity in Sync

Chromebooks keep your apps, documents, favorites and settings safely in the cloud. That means you can login to a friend's Chomebook and access your profile without disturbing theirs. Or, if you lose or break your Chromebook you have nothing to worry about. Just get another and login, you will be back up and running in minutes like nothing happened.

Forever Fresh

Your Chromebook gets better and better over time, unlike a traditional PC. When you turn it on, it updates itself. Automatically. All of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. Annoying update prompts not included.

Samsung Chromebook screen
SuperBright 12.1-inch LED display is 40% brighter.


Samsung Chromebook battery
PowerPlus provides up to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted use.
Friends Let Friends Log In

Chromebooks are easy to share with family and friends. They can log in to experience all of their own Chrome settings, apps and extensions, or use a Guest session to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.

Built-in Security

Chromebooks run the first operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. They employ the principle of "defense in depth" to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot. Websites load quickly and smoothly and all your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud.

Hardware Features

SuperBright LED Display

The anti-reflective 12.1-inch LED display has a mirror effect and produces the sharpest images with 300-nit brightness, which is up to 40 percent brighter than normal laptops. Get outstanding picture quality and text readability, even when you're outdoors. Enjoy the web longer without straining your eyes.

Wireless-N Wi-Fi

It's easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G, provided by Verizon Wireless.  The Wi-Fi LAN is compatible with ultra-fast Wireless-N networks (802.11n) as well as backward compatible with older networks (802.11b/g). As your Chromebook boots up, it quickly connects to your favorite wireless network so you're on the web right from the start.


Chromebook ports
Easy-to-Use Full-Sized Keyboard

Make the most of the web by using a keyboard that's designed for it. Your Chromebook comes equipped with a dedicated search key, a new row of web-enabled keys, and a comfortable, full-size layout that doesn't cramp your fingers so you can get more done and make fewer errors.

Longer Battery Lifespan with PowerPlus

Samsung's intelligent battery charging technology enables the battery to keep 80 percent of its original capacity for up to 1,000 recharges--more than 3x longer than a typical battery. This makes our batteries more economical and since fewer batteries need to be replaced over the lifecycle.

Key Specifications

  • Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom dual-core N570 processor
  • Storage: 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD)
  • System Memory: 2 GB
  • Communications: Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), integrated 3G (via optional Verizon Wireless subscription)
  • Ports: Two USB 2.0, 4-in-1 memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Video out: VGA (via included dongle)
  • Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack
  • Battery: 6-cell battery for up to 8.5 hours of use
  • Webcam: 1-megapixel

What's in the Box

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 (model XE500C21-H02US), power adapter, operating instructions

Product Information

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Screen Size12.1 inches
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Max Screen Resolution1280 x 800 pixels
Processor1.66 GHz Intel Atom
Hard Drive0 GB SSD
Graphics CoprocessorIntel NM10
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionNM10
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 8.5 hours
Brand NameSamsung
SeriesSeries 5
Item model numberXE500C21-H02US
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemGoogle Chrome
Item Weight3.3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H11.60 x 8.60 x 0.80 inches
Color Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size16
Hard Drive InterfaceEthernet 100Base-TX, PC Card, Serial ATA-150, FATA, FDD
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Power SourceAC
Voltage120 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #21,702 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableMay 11, 2011
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Customer Reviews

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260 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Andrew B. on June 23, 2011
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Quick points:
- Yes, it DOES work offline. There are loads of apps and games that do work offline, and offline mode is coming to Gmail, Docs, and Calendar very soon (this summer)
- Web apps are nearing the usefulness of actual desktop apps
- The vast majority of people don't need Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, or a 4GHz processor
- Web apps are the future. They are compatible with any OS that has a browser, which is basically every OS
- Seems even more secure against viruses than a Mac
- No more paying for OS updates like you do with Mac or Windows
- Don't need antivirus software running all the time
- Open sourced OS is very technologically ethical, meaning more progress and more transparency in terms of what is going on inside OUR computers
- The browser was becoming an OS itself already for while, Google is just separating it
- Super fast start up time and long battery life are great pluses
- What about music/video offline? It can't do that with a web app RIGHT NOW (it almost certainly will in the future, but you can easily download any kind of media (yes it does have internal storage like some critic say it doesn't), or you can put media on a SD card from another computer and pop it into this when you cant to watch a movie on a plane or something
- the price IS very good. some people say it's too expensive for what it offers, citing the processor and the almost comparable price of a Windows PC. They are overlooking the fact that this has a solid state drive, which is a huge plus, that a PC running anti-virus software all the time slows down the processor, that most people don't NEED the desktop OS anymore, and a vast array of other reasons, including far superior build quality.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Burns on November 24, 2011
About a month ago, my husband and I got two chromebooks: one for me and one for my 75 year old mother. I absolutely love it. It has all but replaced my desktop.

Momma is 75 and very nervous of computers. My parents have a Windows desktop, and she is always complaining about how slow it is, how it always wants to install updates, virus warnings, firewall issues, and lots and lots of features she'll NEVER need. All she wants to ever do is deal with their Gmails, check her bank account, read the news, and talk to us across the ocean.

When hubby and I found out about the Chromebook, the first thing he said is "THAT is ideal for your Mom!". It took about 3 minutes to set up from start to finish, and she was off to the races. She LOVES it!! It is just so easy. All she needs to do is flip it open, and 1 second later she can browse all she likes, or chat, or send an email. No updates to worry about. No viruses. No buttons to push or X-es to click, no Start button to click when in fact she wants to Exit, etc...... FLIP open and she is ready to go, FLIP closed when she is done.

All I can say is, this is the BEST gift we could ever have given her. If you want to make a tech challenged person VERY happy, consider a Chromebook - nothing could be simpler.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cody Rush on June 25, 2011
So, I'm writing this review from my new Chromebook in a cozy Inn just above North Lake Tahoe. I have access to all of my music (Google Music), all of my email, documents, calendar... everything. I received my Chromebook yesterday and I'm still running on a 90%+ battery charge.

The Chromebook is almost too easy to travel with. It's lightweight and small, shuts down and starts up quickly and has no problems connecting to wifi when available, or jumping over to 3G when wifi isn't available.

My only gripe, so far? The free 100MB of 3G access per month provided. It does seem a bit scant, considering I've used 3G for about 15 minutes total and I've used about 10% of my allotment for the month. For all intents and purposes, I don't plan to use 3G often - it's a backup plan in case I can't find an access point.

For someone who is looking for an easy, lightweight travel computer to gain access to the tubes, the Samsung Series 5 3G CB is perfect. Very happy with this purchase. Can't wait to see how CBs evolve.

Edit: Stupid spelling mistakes. Still love the Chromebook (7/10/2012)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ijp on August 6, 2011
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I've had my Chromebook for about a week now, and so here are my initial impressions.

I think the title of my post sums it up pretty well. I do not, in any way, expect Chromebooks to become a significant player in the laptop market. At least not anytime in the foreseeable future. It is simply too limited in its capabilities (in present state, anyway-- it will only get better). It will, for obvious reasons, never make your PC or Mac obsolete. Virtualization will help.

But, if you buy it to complement your existing PC/Mac for the right reasons, you won't be disappointed. What are those reasons?

-The internet with no frills.
-Mobility, with its small size and the free or pay as you go 3G.
-Freedom from the leash that ties you to a power outlet.
-The cloud! Music Beta, Picasa, Google Docs, etc
-(Nearly) Endless room for the O/S and experience to develop

What are the downsides I've seen so far?

-Not sure this is a downside for everyone, but I do feel sort of claustrophobic always being in a browser. Not that I am yearning for programs... just a desktop... or something...
-Sort of along that line, I never felt that "wow" factor when I started using this as I did buying new technologies in the past. To me, there's nothing that is stunningly novel, other than the concept. It's a Chrome browser.
-It is slightly underpowered. It stutters a bit when streaming HD video. And in general, if you're doing multiple things at once (streaming music, loading heavy pages), it starts to feel a little sluggish. I really would've liked to see a second core. If handled correctly, that wouldn't even harm battery performance. I'd pay a premium for it, for sure.
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