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Samsung Chromebook (2012)

Samsung Chromebook (2012)

from  $289.88+
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74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Chromebooks will always be polarizing, but at $249 the price is far more appropriate than it had been. We recommend it for schools and people looking for a cheap second laptop.

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74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

70
RonG03
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
30
cooltabbyman
I will tell you this is a horrible laptop. That's all I have to say.
60
mikejpt1
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score
 
80
SlashGear
This Chromebook from Samsung is a value offer you might just need to think about, if only because the quality matches the price so very closely. Considering the alternatives start at several hundreds of dollars higher, you risk being called “silly” for not considering the Chromebook.
 
80
Computerworld
Whether as a secondary system or a primary computer, the new Chromebook is outstanding for light Web browsing and Web-oriented work... Google seems to be marketing this machine as a secondary computer for the family, and in that regard, it's a pretty enticing proposition.
 
80
TechCrunch
But now 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.
 
70
AnandTech
Ultimately the Chromebook puts pressure on the traditional PC notebook ecosystem from below... If a $249 Chromebook delivers a competitive keyboard, trackpad, display resolution and quality experience to your $499 PC notebook, it's time for a change.
 
70
Ars Technica
... these new Chromebooks offer better performance and slightly better build quality at a similar price.
 
70
Time
Compromised as it is, it works pretty well — and for a $250 laptop, that’s no dubious distinction.
 
70
Engadget
Chromebooks will always be polarizing, but at $249 the price is far more appropriate than it had been. We recommend it for schools and people looking for a cheap second laptop.
 
70
AllThingsD
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 a $249 Chromebook.
 
90
ZDNet
It's a reasonably fast, go anywhere, do anything computer that will cost you less than an iPod. ... Sun's motto used to be the network is the computer. Today, that motto has been made reality in my hands by Google and Samsung with the ARM Chromebook. This really does change everything.
 
80
TechRadar
It is, ultimately, good at doing the thing it's designed to do. All you have to do is decide if that thing is right for you.