|Screen Size||11.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Exynos 5200|
|RAM||16 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||16 GB eMMC|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Integrated Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
Samsung Chromebook (3G, 11.6-Inch) 2012 Model
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The New Samsung Chromebook For Everyone. The Samsung Chromebook is a new computer that helps you get everyday things done faster and easier. It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more. The Chromebook comes with leading Google products, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box.
You can easily share it with multiple people- switching accounts takes seconds, and everyone gets their own files, apps and settings. And it's simple to use. There's no setup, and your files are automatically backed up in the cloud. At just 2.4 pounds, 0.7 inches thin, and with over 6.5 hours of battery life, the Samsung Chromebook can go anywhere you go. It's built to stay cool, so it doesn't need a fan and runs silently. It also includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage (for 2 years), a built-in webcam, and dual band Wi-Fi to make it easy to connect to wireless networks.
The new, faster computer that keeps getting better and better.
Boots in Seconds
Boots up in 10 seconds, resumes instantly and loads web pages blazingly fast.
Thousands of Apps
Built-in apps and thousands more from the Chrome Web Store.
Multiple layers of security
so you don’t need to install anti-virus software.
Save your stuff safely in the cloud and never lose another file or photo.
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Introducing the New Chromebook
Chromebooks are easy to use, and don’t slow down over time. They have built-in security, so you’re protected against viruses and malware. They come with apps for all your everyday needs, and keep your files safely backed up on the cloud. And with free, automatic updates, your Chromebook keeps getting better and better.
Chromebooks automatically update themselves: all of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest version of the operating system without having to think about it.
Get started without the setup
Chromebooks require almost no setup, so you can go from unboxing to doing in minutes. Unlike other computers, you don’t need to spend hours installing patches and software.
it has no fan or moving parts, which means it stays cooler on your lap and runs silent (no humming, unless you're listening to music).
Stay connected in-flight
With your Chromebook, you can get online at 10,000 feet with free Gogo in-air internet passes. Your Chromebook comes with 12 free passes (estimated $150 value) that you can use over 2 years on domestic US flights. Visit google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/goodies.html for more information.
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Collaborate on documents
Create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings with apps like Google Docs, Zoho and SlideRocket. With productivity apps, you can collaborate in real-time with others, access your documents from any computer, and have your files backed up automatically. Access other everyday files using the built-in PDF and document viewer.
More storage in the cloud
With 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years, you can keep all of your apps, documents, favorites, and settings safe and securely accessible from anywhere. You don’t have to bother downloading and installing any applications onto your hard drive.
More storage in the cloud
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Oversized, multi-touch touchpad
You can enjoy better control using a large multi-touch touchpad With a glass coating and image sensor it provides a stylish and convenient way to use your Chromebook.
Oversized, multi-touch touchpad
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Full-sized keyboard designed for Chrome
The keyboard is optimized for Chrome with a dedicated search key, a row of web-enabled keys, and a comfortable, full-size layout that doesn’t cramp your fingers.
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The worst of the matter is that I still had issues and would have to regularly re-image in order to restore the performance and security of the machines. I estimate that I spent several days a year with all the maintenance. So I got a Mac Mini swapped with the Optiplex and a MacBook Pro for work. I haven't spent any time maintaining them at all. I tried the disk utility to see if there were any disk issues and even that is unnecessary. I love having those days back. OS X is not that much of a change from Windows but the added security and lack of maintenance required is just awesome.
The only bad part are that Mac's are overpriced for the hardware you get. I got a refurb Mac Mini from Apple and it was much cheaper b/c I reused my Optiplex's setup with 25" monitor. A similar Mac setup would have cost 2x or 3x as much. The MBP and Mac Pro desktop were provided by my work. The one missing piece was a laptop for personal use.
I love Google sponsored hardware. I have a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. I love how up to date they are seamlessly. However, using a Nexus 7 with a bluetooth keyboard just doesn't cut it as a laptop replacement. I don't like the awful, chicklet keyboards. So my requirements were a super light, non-Windows, laptop with great keyboard ....and cheap <$500. Incidentally, Apple laptops are not that light b/c they are all aluminum. My 13" MBP is not something that I want to take to work or on trips at 4.5 lbs.
The Samsung Chromebook 3 was perfect - it is light (2lbs less than MBP), with a great keyboard, not Windows (no maintenance, no security issues), and it was only $330 w/built-in 3G connectivity (no external hotspots, dongles, etc.). It's 1/3 the cost of the entry level Macbook Air.
So it's not perfect, out of the box, one of the screen hinges was misaligned. I was able to correct it myself but it spoke to the quality control in a $300 laptop. The worst experience was I couldn't connect to WiFi - for a simple laptop, this was a bit unacceptable. There is a simple 3 question connection setup and it didn't work. You figure that phones and tablets could easily connect to a WiFi why wouldn't a laptop whose primary method to operate is through WiFi seamlessly connect? The Chromebook had an advanced setup that only a rocket scientist would be able to figure out to set correctly.
So I turned to the Internet. In the end, through forums that I read, I did two things. Set the wireless router to a fixed channel (removed the automatic configuration) and restarted the router. These two things solved the problem with connection, why? No idea. Setup afterwards was very easy.
Since then, I have loved the Chromebook. It is super super light. The keyboard is great. The build quality is a bit suspect but not bad for a sub $300 computer (e.g. misaligned hinge, creaks in corners, etc.) Chrome has autoupdated itself quickly and even better than either Nexus I have. It is a bit slow in the performance dept. - slightly choppy video at 720p. Overally, I am very pleased with the value of the Chromebook.
The best part is Google will be constantly adding major new features periodically, just like my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. I don't have to put up with the hassles of Microsoft or the premium cost of Apple which is outrageous.
Unlike on my Dell laptop's touchpad, the touchpad on the Chromebook is actually nice to use. Once you go through a quick and easy tutorial, you realize it works like a charm. I like the two-finger scrolling feature, and also how tapping the touchpad with 2 fingers has the same function as right-clicking on a mouse and other options. I find the touchpad to be quite responsive and ergonomically better for me than a mouse. I have never had a need to connect a mouse to the Chromebook, and that's a bonus since I like to travel light. I don't miss it, though if you want to plug in a mouse you can.
My Dell laptop is sitting around collecting dust these days, but nice to know it's still there if I need it to do something more highpowered using software. Frankly, I don't do much computing at home, and the chromebook works better, without the bulk and bog-down from software. I expect Chromebooks will become even more high-powered in the future. In the meantime this does what I like and I know automatic improvements are constantly being made behind the scenes.
There have been some occasions when I've lost my house wifi and Sprint tower service to my android due to a wind storm and power outage. I was able to quickly get back on line again with the 3G (via Verizon) feature and I still had 6 hrs of battery life to take advantage of. It came in really handy in that emergency, and in places where I don't have wifi and really need to connect up for a bit. The 100 MB of included data per month isn't a lot, though I have yet to use up 100MB in a month's time. It's definitely an added convenience I'm glad I have. If I want more data temporarily, I can buy it. Haven't had to.
I can surf the web, study for my exams, read kindle books, pdfs, read/write google docs, watch movies on Netflix, YouTube, play flash player content, and videos from a huge number of sites. Play with and create experimental apps, or download a huge number of proven apps. Listen to my podcasts on Stitcher, Tune-in radio, connect to the ethernet too -- had to buy an adaptor for a few bucks. I can insert a memory card, connect a thumb drive to it, or my 1 TB backup drive to read, listen to or transfer files to or from. I can store files in the cloud, or on the chromebook itself. I can also wirelessly transfer files via the Airdroid app.
A few cons:
I can connect the chromebook to my TV's hdmi, but I can't play Amazon instant videos, which is a shame. Currently have to watch Amazon videos from my Dell laptop or my Kindle Fire (on the otherhand the Kindle Fire won't let me watch YouTube on hdmi, only on it's little screen, and it doesn't play flash content).
(UPDATE!! You can now watch full length streaming Amazon instant videos. Previously only the short trailer versions of movies could be watched on the Chromebook. Thanks for paying attention to your reviewers Amazon and Chromebook!)
Another thing I don't appreciate is that you can't make Skype calls from the Chromebook 11.6. They do have the Google Hangouts app pre-loaded for making calls. I've never used it so can't comment on it, though I hear it works well for making video calls on the Chromebook. I don't know if I will use it, will see. I don't need another call app, another account to worry about. I'll just use the Skype app on my android or computer.
The good thing about Chromebook is that there are always changes and improvements being made behind the scenes. For example, where previously Netflix wasn't available on this device just a few months ago, now it is. I hope Amazon works with the manufacturer and makes their instant videos available on it too, (Update!: Previously only Amazon video trailers could be watched, Now Full length Amazon videos can be streamed!) and that Skype calls will also be able to be made from it.
The other thing I miss is a back-lit keyboard when I'm in a dimly lit room. I realize that not having it saves battery life and that's a valid trade-off, though a lot of times I like to sit and work with it plugged in to power anyway. I think for future designs it would be nice to have the option to turn a keyboard back-light feature on or off. I guess I could clip on a book light so I can see the keyboard at those times, but that's just one more thing I have to cart around with me that I'd rather not.
Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase, would highly recommend it, and expect I will get a lot of use out of it for quite some time to come.
As a power user who has lots of apps and extensions installed, I experienced issues running out of available RAM which results in the constant reloading of tabs. There wasn't enough system memory available to run all of my extensions and tabs. This resulted in slow performance.
The second issue I experienced is that the 303 is essentially incompatible with any LCD projector as it does not support changing the resolution from its native 1366 x 768 setting. Unless your external display can handle this resolution (Most projectors can not, but some TV can), you will not be able to project. Because I travel and present a lot, being able to connect to external displays was very important to me.
After several weeks of testing I returned my Samsung 303 for the speedier (and pricier) Samsung 550 which has resolved all of the above issue.
The 303 is a great device for students and casual web browsers but should not be recommended for power users.
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