Reviews Samsung Chromebook (XE303C12)
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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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Light as a Cloud
If you're looking for an additional computer and you don't want to break the bank, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you can do with this cloud-based operating system running on...
All Things D.com
 
Getting by Without Intel
One of the reasons for this reduced price is because these new Chromebooks use ARM processors, which generally sell for much less than Intel's chips. On the other hand, Intel's chips...
Ars Technica.com
 
The Cloud in a Clamshell
While previous Chromebooks were too pricey and limited in functionality, the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 comes closest to capturing Google's original vision. With a cost of $249, this...
Laptop Mag.com
 
There's No Point (Yet) For This Device
Overall, the Chromebook still feels like it doesn't have a place in the world. If you're looking for a ultra-portable device to simply browse the web and enjoy media, you're probably...
Business Insider.com
 
Like the Web? Like Cheap? This Is For You
At $249, the Samsung Chromebook makes perfect sense: it's a cheap, effective portable web browser with a full keyboard and nearly all-day battery life.
TechCrunch.com
 
Does Its Job
At $249 if you need a physical keyboard and only need basic web browsing support, I don't know that there's a better solution. As an almost-disposable notebook for writing and browsing...
AnandTech.com
 
A $249 Computer!
Whether as a secondary system or a primary computer, the new Chromebook is outstanding for light Web browsing and Web-oriented work. It's a slim, light, attractive device with good...
Computerworld.com
 
The One We've Been Waiting For
The $249 Samsung Chromebook is a good extra computer for cloud-loving Google-centric Web users.
CNET.com
 
It Performs Like a Chromebook
I've always justified my irrational love of the Chromebook platform by pointing out that its limited capabilities make it the perfect device for writing with minimal distraction. There...
The Verge.com
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