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A look at Samsung's Series 5 550 Chromebook (pictures)

Samsung's Series 5 550 Chromebook is much faster than its predecessor from last year. Here's a look at the standard-bearer of Google's browser-based Chrome OS.

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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

The Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook is all about running Web apps and using Web sites. The 1,280x800-pixel-resolution screen is workable but unspectacular, and the font-rendering technology is coarse.
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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

Samsung's Series 5 550 Chromebook comes with a much faster Intel processor for better Chrome OS performance. It costs $449 for a Wi-Fi model and $549 for a 3G-equipped model.
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Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook keyboard

The Series 5 550 Chromebook's keys are recessed in a shallower section behind a brushed-metal wrist rest area. On the left side of the laptop are a headphone port, a USB port, an Ethernet port, and a DisplayPort video port. On the other side are another USB port, an SD Card slot, and a Kensington lock attachment point.
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Samsung Chromebook with Intel Inside

The first-generation Chromebooks used Intel Atom processors. The second-gen models get a faster Core processor -- and now an Intel Inside sticker, too. That means Intel helps subsidize marketing efforts.
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Series 5 550 Chromebook keyboard

MacBook users will find the Samsung Chromebook's keyboard familiar, including the omission of a right-side delete key. A spacious touch pad also follows the Mac's useful styling; two-finger tapping is the same as right-clicking, and the touch pad depresses like a big button.
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Chrome and Samsung branding

The new Series 5 Chromebook sports Samsung and Chrome branding on its curved top.

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