For those who may not remember it was Samsung a few years ago that came out with the first $300 Google laptop for Web browsing. Just a few short years later we now see the birth of the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US. This is one slim 13 inch model that comes with all the great things you have come to love with the Chromebooks and removes some of the things you wouldn’t. This new Samsung XE500C12 offers a great price and decent performance while Chrome itself now offers a better range of apps, better offline capabilities and more useful and powerful tools.
To be clear you don’t have to think that this XE500C12-K01US from Samsung is your only choice if looking for a Chromebook. There are a lot of them out on the market which is one of the reasons the company knew they really had to create a solid product. You can check out some of the competition like the Acer and HP branded chromebooks as well. But just how well does this Chromebook 2 from Samsung hold its own? Let’s find out.
The new metallic silver Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US has a great design that doesn’t really change much from the previous one created a few years ago. Its slim and the dimensions are 11.40 x 8.60 x 0.66 and weighs in at just 2.65 pounds. If size and weight are a concern you have no worries when it comes to this machine. While the exterior does have a sleek modern design one does have to question why the faux leather textured surface. With that aside under the plastic covering the chassis and lid are made with a metal frame to help make it sturdy and a little more rugged as compared to the other machines in the same price range.
When it comes to the screen and display while we can surely say isn’t not the best on the market. It does come with 1366 x 768 resolution offers a great viewing screen with nice color quality and you will surely not have any trouble reading the text. For the price you aren’t getting the IPS display or the full HD 1920 x 1820 resolutions like others but you are also not paying those prices which could go up to $387.96 like you would pay for the Acer Chromebook C720P-2600.
The keyboard give you a really nice feel and is slightly different from the Chromebook 1 from Samsung. With the XE500C12-K01US Chromebook 2 you get a keyboard that is softly curved key capped chiclet-style keys. It offers the typer a really nice smooth keystroke feel.
The performance of the Chromebook 2 fem Samsung is driven by the Intel Celeron N2840 process with 2.58GHz and is paired with 2GB of RAM. The performance while good is slower than that of the Toshiba Chromebook. This is only something you would really notice is you were to boot the two up side by side and compare them. Other than that like all other Chrome laptops it boots fast but you may get some lag if you are trying to do to much as once. Have multiple tabs open at once and you may experience pages loading slowly or when streaming media it seems a bit on the slower side.
Like the other Chromebooks on the market the new Samsung Chromebook 2 is designed to simply help you get things done easier and faster. You get a lot of products like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts. You never have to worry about maintaining or updating as it auto updates on its own even with the security features. You a nice battery life of up to 9 hours and remember you don’t store anything on the machine everything is in the clouds. The device comes with and AC adapter, and software pack that includes AirDroid Premium, Wunderlist Pro, and Little Bridge.
Specs for Samsung XE500C12-K01US
- 11.6 Inch screen size
- 1366 x 768 pixels max screen resolution
- 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor
- 2GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Intel HD Graphics
- 802.11 A/C wireless type
- USB 2.0 port – 1
- USB 3.0 port – 1
- Battery life up to 9 hours
- Chrome Operating System
- 2.6 pounds
- 11.40 x 8.06 x 0.66 inches dimension
- Metallic Silver color
- Lithium Metal Battery
The conclusion is that you are really going to get a nice computer if you purchase this one from Samsung. However there are also other brands and models that are better with the same price. Some of the new Acer Chromebook comes with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core 2.1GHz processor so it offers a much bigger difference in processing power. You get a nice 1366 x 768 but there are also others that run full 1920 x 1080p with the same size screen and longer battery life. While we can’t say that you would be wrong in choosing this particular Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US we just think if you look around you would find some really decent if not better alternatives.