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Par applebattery, 24/09/2012 à 12:51

The 2012 Samsung Chromebook in review is an update to the manufacturer's original 2011 model, Acer TravelMate 2003 battery  the Series 5 500C21. As a very simple notebook with one of the most basic UI touches, we liked the 2011 model for its ease-of-use, bright display, long runtimes and solid web performance. The 12.1-inch model on hand is equipped with a Celeron 867, 4 GB RAM, WLAN, 3G WWAN, and a 16 GB SSD for a retail launch price of $550, though models without WWAN are available for $100 less. Is the latest addition to the Chromebook lineup a hit for Samsung and Google? Acer TravelMate 240  battery 

Quality-wise, the 550C22 is a large improvement over the 500C21. Acer TravelMate 250  battery  The minimalistic and rounded design continues in a more uniformly colored chassis made of hard plastic. To add a bit of elegance, the palm rest surface is brushed metal in appearance and the touchpad is lined with reflective chrome similar to the popular Lenovo Y580. The all-around matte surfaces are surprisingly very good at hiding finger prints as opposed to the black plastic keys, and the dual hinges hold the display in place without notable issues. The conservative style of the chassis has allowed Samsung to avoid the "cheap plastic" look and feel that commonly plague similarly-sized netbooks and larger budget notebooks. Acer TravelMate 2500  battery 

Instances of twisting and depressions of the chassis are minimal. Acer TravelMate 2501 battery 12 cell The center of the outer lid can depress slightly only after applying moderate force and feels above average and thick. the firm palm rests and keyboard are also quite sturdy and the underside even more resilient. Side-to-side twisting of the base is almost non-existent and twisting the display is tougher than what one might expect from a budget-class netbook, likely due to the thick bezel. Thankfully, overall weight is in line with most 12.1-inch budget notebooks such as the Asus Eee PC 1215B and Asus VX6 despite the great and generally better build quality of the Samsung. Acer TravelMate 2504 battery cell

If a notebook was conceived and built solely around an internet browser, then it had better be equipped with reliable internet connectivity options. The Chromebook is, after all, as useful as a bricked router without an available internet connection. Fortunately, the Samsung Chromebook includes everything most users will need to surf the web no matter the current location. Acer Aspire 5600  battery cell

For starters, every model has a Realtek RTL8168B/8116B Gigabit Ethernet port located on the left edge hidden under a flap between the AC input and DisplayPort output. It would have been easy for Samsung to use a simple 10/100 LAN port instead, Acer Aspire 7100 battery cell but users who can take advantage of the Gigabit speeds will certainly appreciate the compatibility. WLAN is provided by an Atheros AR9300 MIMO chipset, notable for its dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and tri-stream (3x3) capabilities up to a theoretical 450 Mpbs transfer rate. Acer Aspire 7110  battery cell

Unless users can make use of the triple antennae in a wireless network, most will not notice substantial performance gains from the high-end Atheros module in the Chromebook compared to the WLAN offerings in budget notebooks. Reconnection immediately following system wake up is not as quick as we had hoped at around 4 or 5 seconds in most cases, but we experienced no unexpected drops or slow downs during heavy use. Acer Aspire 9300  battery cell

For WWAN, our model includes a Novatel Wireless Gobi 3000 card (with built-in GPS) compatible with all major bands (CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A, HSPDA, Edge/GSM) currently offered by AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. LTE speeds, however, are not supported, so most users will have to make due with 3G speeds. The Chromebook advertises Verizon as the carrier of choice, though users should theoretically be able to configure AT&T or Sprint connectivity instead. The rear of the unit houses a USIM slot hidden behind a flap should the user have a USIM card for UMTS (3G) connectivity. Acer Aspire 9400  battery cell

Aside from the healthy wireless options, physical connectivity options are decent. All ports are easy-to-reach and are located on the left and right sides closer to the rear so users won't have to worry about entangling or inconvenient cables. The DisplayPort can support resolutions up to 2560x1600 pixels and is compatible with VGA/DVI/HDMI adapters for added versatility, though none are included in the retail box. Acer Aspire 9410  battery 12 cell

It's a bit disappointing to find no USB 3.0 ports or sleep-and-charge ports, but we suspect that the manufacturer may have deemed USB 3.0 unnecessary as the Chromebook is only equipped with a 16 GB SSD. The AC input plugis also quite fragile and flimsy and can easily bend or detach if the user is not careful. Acer Aspire 9410Z battery cell

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Chromebooks are unique in that practically all data is saved in the Cloud. The notebook automatically requires a Gmail password upon boot up and can only sign in as Guest otherwise. This may even be desired as Guest mode allows only web surfing and saves no cached data upon shut down. As long as the password is secure, personal data will remain safe in Google's servers even if the notebook is stolen. Acer Aspire 9420  battery 12 cell

Security is improved even further with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which runs a series of verifications upon boot up to ensure there is no unidentified code, such as keyloggers, running in the background. Acer TravelMate 4220  battery cell

The Chrome platform has a passive benefit of avoiding viruses that specifically target Windows or Mac computers. The very nature of Chrome OS and its reliance on Cloud storage instead of local storage allows Chromebooks to feel much safer than notebooks running on the major operating systems. And should the Chromebook ever crash or refuse to boot, a pinhole Recovery Button underneath will reset the OS in a similar fashion as the slider Recovery in the previous model. Acer TravelMate 5100  battery cell

Aside from the usual Quick Start pamphlet and AC adapter, the Chromebook includes no other accessories out-of-the-box. No dongles and no recovery items exist, so users will have to rely on third-party adapters and their own USB sticks for creating system backups. This is in contrast to the previous model that kindly threw in a VGA adapter with every purchase. Additional accessories, such as docks and secondary batteries, are beyond the scope of the Chromebook. Acer TravelMate 5110  battery 12 cell

The standard 12-month manufacturer limited warranty applies to the Chromebook with no 2-year or 3-year extended options as are available from most other major manufacturers. As an incentive for buyers to register the Chromebook with Samsung, users can increase their warranty by 3 months for a 15-month warranty. Acer TravelMate 5600  battery cell

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  Chrome Browser and Chrome OS
  The functionality and appearance of Chrome are practically one-to-one with the same browser for the Windows platform. Instead, it is everything outside of the browser that may feel new and foreign to those who are not familiar with Chrome. But, because of its small scale and simplicity, Chrome OS has one of the lowest learning curves with the least amount of hiccups. Acer TravelMate 5610  battery cell

The Chrome Web Store is as integral to Chrome OS as the Play Store is to the Android platform. Since most programs designed for Windows or Mac will not install on the notebook, users will be downloading many of their programs and apps directly from the Web Store including utilities, editing software, extensions, movies and games. The store shares many similar apps with the Play store, but lacks most of the apps designed specifically for touchscreen or smartphone use. In other words, frequent users of Chrome will become accustomed to the core design of the Google operating system more quickly than others. Acer TravelMate 5620  battery cell

For storage, the Samsung Chromebook gets away with a paltry 16 GB SSD by encouraging users to use Google Drive, the search giant's own Cloud storage service that will replace Google Docs. 5 GB of storage is offered for free, so don't expect to be saving too many music or movie files in the cloud as the service is geared more towards saving documents and spreadsheets. As such, we had no problems opening Word and Excel files and the occasional .jpeg, .png, .pdf, .mp3 and .mp4. Unfortunately, expect imperfect conversions of larger and more complex Office files. Acer TravelMate 7510 battery 12 cell

Video and Photo
We test both 720p and 1080p performance on Youtube with trailers from The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Acer Aspire 3020 battery cell 720p playback was smooth during both trailers with minimal dropped frames and in-sync sounds. Full HD playback was tested on an external display and can be a bit less fluid at times, but this occurs infrequently enough to still be suitable for viewing. This is compared to the 2011 Samsung Chromebook with the dual-core Atom N570, which is unable to play 1080p files without significant frame skips. The DisplayPort will automatically output the maximum resolution of the external monitor by pressing Ctrl + 'Full Screen' and although the notebook can mirror to an external display, it cannot extend its desktop throughout multiple monitors. Acer Aspire 3610  battery cell

Photos and picture browsing will default to Google's built-in photo and video player and can upload to Picasa should the user have a linked account. Acer Aspire 5020 battery cell Likewise, photos from Picasa can be saved to the notebook or exported to Google Drive directly. Otherwise, local files, cloud files and USB files can be transferred to and fro without hassles. Photoshop Express Editor will work with Chrome, but a large number of photo editing apps (PicMonkey, BeFunky, Sumo Paint, etc.) are also available in the Web Store. Acer Extensa 2600  battery cell


If you already rely on Google Docs, Calender, Gmail, and other Google services, Acer TravelMate 4400  battery cell then everything will be immediately and easily accessible once the Google account is paired with the Chromebook. Without resorting to third-party apps, document editing will be done directly from the Chrome browser, so users should not expect any advanced or even intermediary features as found on Microsoft's dedicated Office platform. For straightforward edits and notetaking, the Chromebook will be more than enough. For esoteric features and intricate spreadsheets, however, Chrome OS may not be the right answer. Acer TravelMate 2410  battery cell

The non-backlit Chiclet keyboard (27.5 cm x 10.5 cm) is very basic in design and function since it loses the Windows key and F keys for dedicated function keys such as Back, Forward, Refresh, and brightness and volume control. Acer TravelMate C300  battery 12 cell

The Search key replaces the usual location of the Caps Lock key, though users can easily toggle the behavior of the Search, Acer TravelMate C301  battery cell Ctrl, and Alt keys in the Settings menu. The reduced number of keys helps tremendously in space – the keyboard feels larger than what we would expect from a 12.1-inch notebook. The only major change from the 2011 model is the size of the arrow keys as the Left and Right keys are now the same size as their Up and Down counterparts instead of being twice the size. The outcome is similar to some MacBook Pro models, complete with no dedicated PgUp or PgDown keys. Acer TravelMate C302  battery cell

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