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Samsung Chromebook 2012 ΓΆ€“ A peek through

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The verdict of the much anticipated Samsung Chromebook 2012 is here. At first glance and playing initially with some basic features of the Chromebook, I must conclude that the new Chromebook 2012 by electronics major Samsung is huge overhaul from the previous inaugural Chromebook series 5 launched a couple of years ago. Sporting a splendid and attractive look, the Chromebook 2012 is cost effective and incorporates the ARM processor which is a significant change from the usual expensive and power hungry Intel chips.


Sturdy Hardware and Stellar Performance

The new Samsung Chromebook 2012 is designed with a silver and shiny plastic exterior unlike the aluminium casing of the past. The shiny silver color doesnât make it look like it is plastic. For a price of about $250, the plastic body is acceptable. This Chromebook has a bulbous hinge on which the screen is pivoted. This seems little awkward but provides very good gripping properties unlike the perma-slip laptop hinges available on other laptops and netbooks in the market.


On the technology front, The Samsung Chromebook 2012 features the novel ARM chip which clocks a fast 1.7GHz and is a dual core processor. The advantage of using ARM processor is noticeable saving on cost and energy. It guzzles very less power during operation and hence lowers the heat dissipation compared to that of the Intel chip. This eliminates the need for a cooling fan and hence a fan is not included in the Chromebook which is a big relief from the noisy laptop operations of the past. The Chromebook has only a 16GB SSD drive for the OS and some user documents and apps. As it is designed for online operations, most of the storage is supposed to be hosted on Cloud Hosting. Use of SSD enables very fast booting time.


Average Display

Consumers are getting addicted to the high quality HD displays of the modern devices like Retina displays of the Apple iPad. But for the low cost of Samsung Chromebook, the normal 11.6 LCD display with a resolution of 1366 X 768 is decent enough. Having a matte and dull finish prevents any reflection of the user, but it leads to a little compromise on the picture quality. In my opinion, the display is average and there is nothing special about it.


Good Keyboard

The Samsung Chromebook 2012 features a very good and functional keyboard. Unlike other laptops, the keyboard spans a large area for big and spacious buttons that are extremely sensitive to touch. The scroll pad is also engineered well with the flagship palm cancellation feature that doesnât allow the cursor to change its position in between documents when your palm suddenly lands on the scroll pad.


Latest Software

The Samsung Chromebook 2012 is powered by Googleâs Chrome OS which is especially made for instant internet connectivity. Chromebook is also designed with the concept of working online so the Chrome OS suits well for the Chromebook. The Chrome OS layout is basically a browser window and you cannot work offline completely; though it supports few offline apps. Offline operating capability is a new feature which has been included in the latest Chrome OS and was not available in the previous Chromebook. With offline apps, you can work even in areas without a Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. You can get all apps from the Chrome webstore with some apps marked as âofflineâ explicitly.


Increased Battery Performance

The ARM processor goes a long way in ensuring less power consumption compared to Intel chips. This gives good battery life and performance with over 6.5 hours of operating time between charges as promised by Samsung. This is sufficient enough to make it through a short to medium haul travel.


Verdict â Decent Buy

In my opinion, the Samsung Chromebook 2012 is a good buy for its price if you have continuous and regular high-speed internet connectivity. With the concept of storing everything on the Cloud computing, you can access your data from virtually anywhere across the globe with internet. Add to it, the free 100GB of Google Drive Space available when you purchase a Chromebook, it is a nice machine to have.

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The verdict of the much anticipated Samsung Chromebook 2012 is here. At first glance and playing initially with some basic features of the Chromebook, I must conclude that the new Chromebook 2012 by electronics major Samsung is huge overhaul from the previous inaugural Chromebook series 5 launched a couple of years ago. Sporting a splendid and attractive look, the Chromebook 2012 is cost effective and incorporates the ARM processor which is a significant change from the usual expensive and power hungry Intel chips.

Sturdy Hardware and Stellar Performance

The new Samsung Chromebook 2012 is designed with a silver and shiny plastic exterior unlike the aluminium casing of the past. The shiny silver color doesnât make it look like it is plastic. For a price of about $250, the plastic body is acceptable. This Chromebook has a bulbous hinge on which the screen is pivoted. This seems little awkward but provides very good gripping properties unlike the perma-slip laptop hinges available on other laptops and netbooks in the market.

On the technology front, The Samsung Chromebook 2012 features the novel ARM chip which clocks a fast 1.7GHz and is a dual core processor. The advantage of using ARM processor is noticeable saving on cost and energy. It guzzles very less power during operation and hence lowers the heat dissipation compared to that of the Intel chip. This eliminates the need for a cooling fan and hence a fan is not included in the Chromebook which is a big relief from the noisy laptop operations of the past. The Chromebook has only a 16GB SSD drive for the OS and some user documents and apps. As it is designed for online operations, most of the storage is supposed to be hosted on Cloud Hosting. Use of SSD enables very fast booting time.

Average Display

Consumers are getting addicted to the high quality HD displays of the modern devices like Retina displays of the Apple iPad. But for the low cost of Samsung Chromebook, the normal 11.6 LCD display with a resolution of 1366 X 768 is decent enough. Having a matte and dull finish prevents any reflection of the user, but it leads to a little compromise on the picture quality. In my opinion, the display is average and there is nothing special about it.

Good Keyboard

The Samsung Chromebook 2012 features a very good and functional keyboard. Unlike other laptops, the keyboard spans a large area for big and spacious buttons that are extremely sensitive to touch. The scroll pad is also engineered well with the flagship palm cancellation feature that doesnât allow the cursor to change its position in between documents when your palm suddenly lands on the scroll pad.

Latest Software

The Samsung Chromebook 2012 is powered by Googleâs Chrome OS which is especially made for instant internet connectivity. Chromebook is also designed with the concept of working online so the Chrome OS suits well for the Chromebook. The Chrome OS layout is basically a browser window and you cannot work offline completely; though it supports few offline apps. Offline operating capability is a new feature which has been included in the latest Chrome OS and was not available in the previous Chromebook. With offline apps, you can work even in areas without a Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. You can get all apps from the Chrome webstore with some apps marked as âofflineâ explicitly.

Increased Battery Performance

The ARM processor goes a long way in ensuring less power consumption compared to Intel chips. This gives good battery life and performance with over 6.5 hours of operating time between charges as promised by Samsung. This is sufficient enough to make it through a short to medium haul travel.

Verdict â Decent Buy

In my opinion, the Samsung Chromebook 2012 is a good buy for its price if you have continuous and regular high-speed internet connectivity. With the concept of storing everything on the Cloud computing, you can access your data from virtually anywhere across the globe with internet. Add to it, the free 100GB of Google Drive Space available when you purchase a Chromebook, it is a nice machine to have.

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