Are netbooks even still a viable choice anymore? I sold my netbook long ago in favor of tablets. Tablets are pretty much the same as a netbook but without the bulk really. Samsung has just announced the new Chromebook which is of course running Google Chrome OS, personally I’ve never used Chrome OS so who knows, but it’s still a netbook in my opinion and I just can’t see investing in one honestly. Then again it is only $250, so it might not be bad for kids to play with.. Eh, whatever..

 

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the new Samsung Chromebook, its latest lightweight, portable and easy-to-use laptop built on Google Chrome OS™. The new Samsung Chromebook is fast – it boots up in less than 10 seconds, resumes near instantly and has a long battery life. The form factor makes it one of the lightest laptops on the market, making it an ideal choice for people on the go, families using it around the house and students at school.

“It’s been exciting to see many people using Chromebooks as the perfect additional computer for their home,” said Caesar Sengupta, Director of Product Management, Chrome OS. “We believe computers need to be easy to use and more affordable so everyone can have access to them. So together with Samsung, we’re excited to introduce the new Chromebook for $249, the computer for everyone.”

Compact, Sleek Design

The new Samsung Chromebook features Samsung’s renowned, sleek design identity. It weighs less than 2.5 pounds and measures less than an inch thick, making it effortless to carry anywhere. The full-sized keyboard results in maximum convenience and productivity, and the 11.6-inch screen is ideal for all needs, from viewing photos and work documents to chatting face-to-face using the built-in webcam.

Performance without Compromises

The Samsung Chromebook resumes from sleep mode in just one second and boots up in under 10 seconds, enabling users to jump into work or play nearly instantly and, unlike traditional computers, doesn’t slow down over time. With a 16 GB*** SSD and 2GB of RAM, users have all the power they need for social networking, homework, watching videos, looking at photos and more. A hardware-accelerated user interface results in smoother scrolling on the trackpad, making activities like browsing the web or playing games even more enjoyable. Battery life of more than six hours** allows for extended computing without needing to find a power source.

Simple, Secure and Ever-Improving User Experience

Google developed Chrome OS with three key factors in mind: speed, simplicity and security, and has improved on these factors since the launch of the first Chromebook in 2011. With Chromebooks, you can get online in seconds, load web pages with incredible speed and access all of your favorite apps in one click through the app launcher.

Automatic updates mean that Samsung Chromebook users always receive the latest functionality, without any hassle. Security features are also built-in and updated to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses, reducing the need for users to install anti-virus software.

Built-in cloud storage with Google Drive enables Chromebook users to access their files securely from anywhere, and sync technology backs up all of your preferences, bookmarks and apps, so you can easily access them from a Chrome browser on another device.

The Samsung Chromebook is now available for pre-order. It will be available at Best Buy, Amazon, Staples, Tiger.com and Newegg.com beginning October 22 for an MSRP of $249.99.

Key Specs:

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, to benefits, design, components, performance, availability and capability of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

  • Model Number: XE303C12
  • Display Size: 11.6-inches
  • Display: 1366×768 resolution; 200nit brightness
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs.
  • Battery Life: Up to 6.3 hours**
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB SSD***
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, combo headphone/mic jack, secure digital memory slot
  • Speaker: 1.5W speaker X 2
  • Keyboard: Full-size Chrome keyboard
  • Wireless: 802.11 abg/n 2×2
  • Security: TPM
  • MSRP: $249.99

** Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, power management settings, applications used, and wireless settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use. Test results based on independent third party Battery Mark tests. Total amount of available memory may be less based on configuration.

***Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes, GB = 1 billion bytes, TB = 1 trillion bytes. Please note that a portion of the hard drive is reserved for system recovery, operating system and preloaded content software

For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/business

2 COMMENTS

  1. I got my aunt, who’s in her sixties, to buy a Chromebook in July or so, haven’t had a single call for help, she loves it. Not one call.

    Now that it’s this cheap, the next time my mother calls for computer help (which won’t be long from now), I think it would be in both of our interests to pony up the $250 for this thing now that I’ve got her on Google for just about everything she does.

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