The Samsung Chromebook 550 has no annoying updates and can load up in a matter of seconds. Read the pros and cons of owning this cloud-based device.
Editors' note (October 18, 2012): In addition to the Chromebook reviewed here, Samsung now offers a newer $249 model.
But the new hot item that Google is pushing is the latest Samsung model, a sleeker, faster and much cheaper version of its Chromebook 550.
Our friends over at Google have sent us the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 for us to review. Google and Samsung announced the Chromebook Series 5 550 along with the Chromebox at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
Google and Samsung loaned me a Chromebook 550 to use for a few weeks while preparing this review. A WiFi-only version of the Chromebook is available for $450, while a 3G model which comes with 100MB of free data from Verizon Wireless costs $550.
This is the beautiful looking Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook from Google. It runs Chrome OS, which is mostly a web browser operating system.
A year after it debuted to lukewarm reviews, Google's Chrome OS is now in version 19, and with it come some improvements, such as a "desktop" and some offline capabilities. And the first new laptop running this software is the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 ($449 for Wi-Fi, $549 for 3G).
Samsung Chromebook 550 review. By Matt Hanson Laptops and netbooks.
Today, Google and Samsung officially launch the second-generation Chromebook, starting with the Series 5 550, which like its predecessor comes in WiFi-only and 3G combo models.
Samsung Series 5 550C22 Chromebook. As stated in the introduction, the Google Chromebooks target a very specific audience.