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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.

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Samsung Chromebook review (late 2012)

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.

Pros
  • Sharply reduced priceSolid build quality for the moneyComfortable keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • No Netflix streaming at launchSlight performance hit with an ARM chipDimmer display than in previous models
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Model
WiFi

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Other
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Other)
SLI
no
Video outputs
HDMI

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Passive

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to6.5 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (1 port(s)) (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HID [peripherals])

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
WiFi + 3G

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Processor

Processor make
Other
Number of cores
Dual-core

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
yes (CDMA-based)
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Other)
Video outputs
HDMI

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Passive

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to6.5 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HID [peripherals])

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
Late 2014

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
2.58 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron) (N2840)
Processor speed
2.58 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
no
Video outputs
HDMI

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Passive

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to6.5 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (1 port(s)) (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HID [peripherals])

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no