The Good The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is a small, attractive Netbook with long battery life, true instant-on Web access, and enough computing to use the Internet.
The Bad The Series 5 is expensive for its features and abilities, and using it can be frustrating depending on your wireless signal strength.
The Bottom Line Despite solid hardware, great battery life, and fast startup, we can't recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 until and unless Google improves the Chrome OS.
Samsung Chromebook Series 5
Editors' note (October 18, 2012): The Samsung Chromebook reviewed here has been replaced by a newer $249 model.
Editors' note: In late August 2011, Googlefor Gmail and Google Docs. After hands-on testing of these updates, however, we can verify that the upgrades are not nearly robust enough to change our opinion of the Chromebook at this time. Read .
For anybody who loves tech and gadgets, it's not hard to see the appeal of the Samsung Chromebook Series 5. It's a small, good-looking, affordable laptop the whole purpose of which is to keep you connected to your life online. It's even more attractive to those of us who have stopped using programs like Microsoft Office in favor of Web-based apps like Google Docs and Gmail. Add in the promise of all-day battery life (all workday, that is), seamless built-in security, invisible OS and app updates, and instant-on performance and it all sounds pretty good.