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Samsung Chromebook 550 (Series 5) Review – Specs, Features & Price

One of the most impressive features of the Samsung Chromebook is the price. At just $249 it does seem like a real bargain, but looking in to the features, you may wonder whether it offers value for money. It certainly does seem to.

It is thin and light being just 1.1kg and 20mm thick, which means that it is easy to transport, which is the point of a laptop/notebook. This could be a big seller with people who carry their laptop everywhere, as they can get very cumbersome, especially when you have other things to carry too, which most people do.  It has a full sized keyboard and trackpad so is not compromised in that department. Sometimes lighter, thinner or smaller models might have a smaller keyboard and this can take a lot of getting used to and if you have big fingers, could actually be a big problem. Chromebook does not have this, which is a big plus. The display is 11.6 inches and 1366×768 pixels. It is also has a respectable 6.5 hours of battery life.

Samsung Chromebook (550)

This Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has features you would expect such as WiFi and Bluetooth and is dual core with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. There is also an SD card reader as well as USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectors and a headphone jack. The laptop does rely on cloud-based applications and so is more for people who spend a lot of time online. There are some apps that run while offline, but it may not be as flexible as other laptops, but is a lot cheaper than many other laptops.

Samsung Chromebook 550 seem to have the features you expect for this price and the display is good for the money. Therefore it does seem to be great value for money. Based on the price and what you are getting for the money, it is expected that this will be a good seller. It could be more of a toy or back up computer than a computer for someone who wants something that will do everything that they need, but it is good for people who want something light with them when they are travelling. Chromebook is being marketed as a second computer, but could be considered by some customers to be all they need with regards to a computer, but it will depend on what you actually want to use it for. It is more like a notebook than laptop, but that can be enough for some people. It can be useful to have something lightweight to pop in your bag when you are on the go and if you want something more than an ebook reader, then this could the answer.

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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