Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 Laptop Review
The name Chromebook has come from the fact that this device runs Chrome operating system which is basically an embedded version of Chrome Web browser from Google. Users if used the browser on Mac or Windows, they will first have to log in after which the device syncs the bookmarks, Google Docs, Google identity, and Google Drive files. Read the full review to know about the price, specs and other options offered by Samsung.
This new Chromebook Series5 550 laptop comes packed with improved Chrome operating system, more RAM, and faster processor as compared to the previous model. It has also got attractive design and boasts comfortable keyboard. The display sports relatively bright matte finish.
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 laptop comes for relatively high price. Limited Chrome OS and constant need to stay online does not completely recommend this Chromebook over comparatively less expensive device. The laptop gets hot early and does not support 4G connectivity. Also, the offline document editing is not yet offered.
Design and Display :
The Chromebook Series 5 550 laptop features a cutting edge design and comes packed with a browser-based operating system that provides complete access to a huge spectrum of cloud based apps and services. This also includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Calendar, and others. It is a light and thin 12 inches of laptop that gives the users several good features and better battery life. However, you need to consider that the device does not come with CD drive and hard drive. So, you might miss quite a lot of features. With some curvy shapes that are visible from sides, the laptop gains all those charming attractions that are enough to enchant one. The design looks very elegant and decent and when the cover is lifted up, the keyboard and touchpad increases the beauty. Also, the display offers a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Videos run smoothly with 1080p quality. Bright colors and several other artifacts in darker scenes are more entertaining. The contrast was not so good, but it’s still acceptable as per the price.
The last year’s model had more rounded edges, but this one has a bit more angular looks. The lid and deck of Samsung 5 500 is built of gray plastic with silver finish, something different than its Series 5 ultrabook. The lid boasts colorful Google logo, but this time it is smaller as compared to the Chrome logo. Though the machine is not that svelte like an ultrabook, but is closer to it. It weighs 3.2 pounds and the dimensions measures 11.5 mm by 8.5 mm by 0.8 inches. The Series 5 550 perfectly fits in the messenger bag and can be carried around as ultraportables.
Operating System and Performance :
The Google Chromebook functions equally to those we use regularly. The apps that run on this device work just fine, but one should know that they are the web apps loaded only through the browser. Still, it is fortunate for users as the Chromebook at least read the files as well as play movies, music anytime required. The operating system has been improved at file compatibility Word docs, ZIP files, PowerPoint, PDFs, and many others. So, you can enjoy editing the Google Docs after uploading them in Google. Moreover, users can enjoy viewing photographs and even can even edit slightly by adding and adjusting brightness and contrast respectively. Chromebook also gives access to rotation and cropping options. You can simply resave the files and can even upload to Picasa.
As compared to the last year’s device, this one seems to have some amazing features as the previous one left people underwhelmed. The last years Samsung Series 5 Chromebook was available with clean OS and smoothly running hardware. However, it lacked that charm due to the high price of more than $400.
If you stream 15 minutes of video still you will find the touchpad very cool with 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Well, everything goes fine if the temperature is below 90 degrees. More than that would have been considered as uncomfortable to handle. However, the back of this device underneath the system throws a lot of heat at 122 degrees. Just one hour and the upper body of the keyboard also became noticeably warm.
The island-style keyboard is very spacious and all the keys are placed at certain space. Well, the keys are pretty slippery to fingers and there is not backlight which users could wish to have. The touchpad is very vast and measures 4.1 by 2.5 inches. It is the chrome-lined clickpad that retains plenty of space and is larger as compared to its earlier model. It has two-finger scrolling that responses well, but its lacks the most demanding multitouch gestures including pinch and zoom.
Audio quality of the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 is very loud and good. You can experience the decent quality bass with undistorted higher tones on maximum volume.
The latest version of the Chrome operating system can bring some improvements. The first thing that users should look after is the Gmail, Google, Chrome browser, YouTube, Apps, and Google Drive. The lower right of the display shows time, status of net connection, little droid icon which once clicked gives access to adjust settings/log out turn off the system, and battery level. Additional apps are also offered to the Launcher, but users should be able to recognize the way they have been arranged. By clicking on the little grid icon, you will be minimizing the browser window, while bringing the desktop view of all the apps. The more you add apps, the smaller the icons would get.
Connectivity and Other Features :
The left side of this laptop is packed with DisplayPort, Ethernet Port and combo headphone/mic jack. At the right hand side, the device offers one more Ethernet port, Kensington lock slot and 4-in-1 card slot. The rear of the machine includes a SIM card slot. So, your experiences double up where you can access the data from your SIM card. The power jack can be found at the left side of the device. There is a webcam that is run on Wi-Fi. You can also enjoy Google Hangout chat that delivers amazing images. The colors are perfect and the sound stayed in sync.
The earlier version of Chromebook was available with 1.66 GHz dual core Intel Atom N570 processor, 16 GB SSD hard drive, 2 GB RAM, and integrated graphics. Relatively, the Series 5 550 comes with Intel Celeron 867 processor, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB SSD. The Series 5 laptop boots in just 12 seconds which is half the size of the rest of the Ultrabooks and 5 seconds faster as compared to MacBook Air. The Windows opens instantly and you can stream 1080p videos without any lag in process.
Battery Life :
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 laptop gives a standby battery life of 6.5 days and six hours of constant use. Overall, the battery life is very good.
The Series 5 550 laptop comes with an option of 3G connectivity through Verizon with 100 MB of free data for each month. After this, users might demand for 4G. It is a 2-year contract plan where 2GB is offered for $30 per month, 5 GB is offered for $50 per month, and 10 GB is offered for $80 per month. Even configuration is offered as per the user requirements.
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 laptop comes for a straight price tag of $549.99.
The Chrome operating system has been improved massively. This is a pretty slick device and serves the basic needs of users. The keyboard is very comfortable and comes with bright screen. The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 laptop has also received solid build.
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