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Old 05-13-2011, 07:00 AM
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Default Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 Makes a Cameo Appearance

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-with-the-samsung-chromebook-series-5' target='_blank'>http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-...mebook-series-5</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Tonight at the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 launch party we got a chance to go hands-on with the first Chromebook, a sleek little notebook that could be the vanguard of a new laptop category."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/lpt/auto/1305265285.usr17748.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>I think that Samsung has met and exceeded expections with its new Chromebook Series 5. Looking very much like a lighter and sleeker MacBook, the Series 5, at about 3.3-pounds, with a 12.1-inch screen with 1280x800 resolution, is expected to power-on in under ten seconds, sport a dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD and a lithium polymer battery expected to last about 8.5-hours between charges, over 1000 charging cycles. Most of the negatives so far deal with the cost of $429 for a WiFi model and $499 for a WiFi + 3G model. As with the CR-48 testing, 100MB of data transfer will be provided by Verizon for three years at no extra cost (and you can of course buy more!).</p><p>Amazon already has a Chromebook page up, and ordering is expected to be live on June 15, 2011. I've seen several hands-on videos already, and this looks (technically) like a winner, and even some of the big objections like lack of native apps are being addressed by Google and partners like Citrix. I love the "thin client computing" concept, and the inherent security, so this may be on my summer wish list. Maybe even an option for my father-in-law (at 89 years old) who only wants to use a browser and nothing more - open it, do something, close it.</p>
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