Samsung's Chromebook operates in a unique niche in the laptop world: it's designed for Web browsing and light productivity (like word processing) through Google's Cloud-based applications. There's no Intel chip inside, instead you'll find an ARM processor which helps the Chromebook conserve power and reach the amazing price of just $249.
As you'd expect, a $249 laptop isn't going to be a performance machine. You'll find just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage (you'll get two years worth of 100GB storage on Google's Drive cloud-based storage system). The 11.6-inch LED display has a resolution of 1366 x 768. The Chromebook itself is light - just 2.5 pounds and .8-inches thin (think Ultrabook specs).
On the operating system side, you'll find Google's Chrome OS. While it's not as robust as a Windows or Mac OS, it does offer some virtues, such as automatic software updates, stringent virus protection and a quick startup.
Reviewers mostly appreciated what the Chromebook could deliver for $249. For those who need a second laptop for basic Web browsing, emailing and writing, it's hard to argue with a bargain basement price and ultra-light form factor. Just keep your expectations to a minimum.
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