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Samsung Series 5 Chromebook (Wi-Fi)

by Samsung
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Wi-Fi
Black
  • Intel Atom N570 Processor 1.66GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB Solid-State Hard Drive
  • 12.1-Inch Screen, Intel GMA 3150
  • Google Chrome
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What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks differ from traditional laptops in a few important ways. Learn more in our Chromebook Buying Guide.


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Product Information

Connectivity: Wi-Fi | Color: Black
Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Screen Size12.1 inches
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Processor1.66 GHz Intel Atom
RAM2 GB DDR3
Graphics CoprocessorIntel GMA 3150
Chipset BrandIntel
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand NameSamsung
SeriesSeries 5
Item model numberXE500C21-A04US
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemGoogle Chrome OS
Item Weight3.3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H11.60 x 8.60 x 0.80 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size16
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Optical Drive TypeNo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium Polymer (LiPo)
  
Additional Information
ASINB0067U9VUC
Best Sellers Rank #2,407 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.7 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 21, 2011
  
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Product Description

Connectivity: Wi-Fi | Color: Black

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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 6.5 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 Black 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

You'll be able to connect to ultra-fast Wireless-N networks in your home or office, and it includes two USB ports, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, buttonless touchpad with multi-gesture support, and a 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 6.5 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 to the Web with built-in Wi-Fi, which 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)
  • Ports: Two USB 2.0, 4-in-1 memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack
  • Battery: 4-cell battery for up to 6.5 hours of use

What's in the Box

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 (model XE500C21-A04US), power adapter, operating instructions

Product Description

The Samsung Series 5 XE500C21-A04US Wi-Fi Chromebook lets you stay in touch online with its high class 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless Networking and its Google Chrome OS. This remarkable Chromebook is powered by a fast Intel Atom N570 1.66GHz processor and 2GB of DDR3 memory. Savor every activity going on with its 12.1-inch display, and store extra important files with its 16GB SSD. Go online and socialize with this amazing Wi-Fi Chromebook today.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I sold it and use the Chromebook for everything now - I love it!
Lick-T
You can do all of the basic functions that is needed for a laptop: email, web, documents, presentations, and spreadsheets via Google apps.
Michael
Someone else can be troubled to call Samsung and cry on the phone for hours for a fix, but not me.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

822 of 858 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2011
Color Name: WhiteItem Shape: 3G
I've been testing the prototype Cr-48 since February. I expected to just use the device for a few weeks and then go back to my desktop system. But instead I changed a few of my habits and stayed with it ever since. There is very little difference between the Cr-48 and the production Samsung. Size is about the same, keyboard almost identical. Cr-48 was coated with a rubbery material that you either like or hate. Samsung is more traditional glossy plastic.

Both machines have very bright and crisp displays in a wide format. The screen itself is of the traditional non-glare type. I can't imagine why anyone would want a screen with glare but I notice many new systems come that way. I guess if you work in a totally dark room the glossy screens are fine. The second version of the Chromebook from Acer is said to have a glossy screen for anyone that wants that.

I'll second what others said that this machine is not for everyone. If you a big user of Apple products and happy with their "roadmap" to the future, stay with them. If you need all the specialized software that only runs on Windows, then you'd better stay there too.

But... If you are tired of running virus scanners, clean-up utilities, disk defragmenters, firewalls, and tired of having to ask a relative or neighbor to get your machine working again (or worse having to pay someone to do it) then cloud-based computing may be for you.

Chrome OS is a slimmed down (very) version of Linux that boots in 8 seconds and awakes from sleep almost instantly. There is no desktop, so the graphical interface is the Chrome web browser which takes up the whole screen as soon as you log-on to the machine.
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427 of 455 people found the following review helpful By M G on June 15, 2011
Color Name: WhiteItem Shape: 3G
I am very happy with my Samsung Chromebook. I had been looking for a computer that was fast, easy to use and did not keep breaking down so when Google announced the Chromebook Pilot program I signed up and got the CR-48. I really liked my CR-48 and therefore bought the Samsung Chromebook with 3G at the Gilt flash sale. I've had it now for a few days and am very happy with it.

The Samsung Chromebook is very light weight and portable; and I like its clean looks and solid finish. The keyboard is amazing and the trackpad is HUGE. It also feels a lot faster than the CR-48. The software on the CR-48 kept improving and getting better in the 6 months I had it and it feels like its gotten even better on the Samsung Series 5. There's now a file manager and a media player and it is super easy to upload photos to Picasa. And ofcourse it has Chrome which is fast.

The setup was ridiculously simple. As soon as I logged in all my apps, bookmarks and settings came in and it felt like I was back on my old computer. In all I think I went from closed box to fully ready in a couple of minutes. This was truly amazing. All the other benefits of the CR-48: the fast boot, quick resume and built in 3G are all there in this Chromebook.

I would recommend a Chromebook to anyone; but when people ask me if this is right for them this is what I say: it's great if you primarily use a laptop/ notebook for your personal stuff which, at least for me, is almost all web-based - gmail, facebook, amazon, youtube, google docs. For 'work' I use design software (Adobe CS5, Autocad, etc) that needs serious processing power and a large screen; and thus I use a high-end laptop, but that means it's heavy and cumbersome.
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206 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Chipp Walters on June 20, 2011
Color Name: WhiteItem Shape: 3G Verified Purchase
**UPDATE**
I've removed a star from the previous 5 stars because I had to recently send my Chromebook back to Samsung when the battery quit working. It absolutely refused to take a charge. I suspect the battery is not the problem, but either a software or hardware glitch is responsible, and the Chromebook forum's recommended action to remove the battery can't work as this battery is embedded in this model.

I hope this isn't symptomatic of a poor design standard from Samsung. I used to really like Samsung, but I've been having more and more problems with their products as of late. My father's three year old $3K+ 54-inch plasma screen went out and we ended up replacing it with a new Sharp LCD-- which cost much less than fixing the Samsung. Let's hope Samsung gets their product quality back up to where it once was.

FWIW, I still very much enjoy using it and believe the concept to be excellent!
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Recently, I purchased this Samsung Series 5 Arctic White 3G Model Chromebook. For those of you who don't know, Chromebook is a notebook computer which runs Google's Chrome OS and is for the most part just a Chrome browser in a notebook. I know, it sounds rather simple and not very exciting. But, knowing how much I depend on Google for business and after doing a bit of research, I became interested enough in it to purchase one and try it out. Here's what I now think of it after using it for three days.

Early impressions are extremely positive. It has many of the features I really like of the iPad while also retaining much of the functionality I like in netbooks.
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