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SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

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  • Jay L.
  • 7/15/2015 10:22:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsUnderpowered, low-quality screen

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: It's cheap. Good keyboard.

Cons: Slow. Low-quality screen. No touchscreen.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this machine - especially since a newer version is now available. We've had this machine in the family for about 1 year now. In that time, we've found that even Chrome OS - as simple as it is - really needs 4GB of RAM for any kind of "multi-tasking." The screen is ugly with low brightness level. And, most importantly, anyone who is used to interacting with smartphones, tablets & laptops with touchscreens will instantly feel awkward when they find this machine does NOT have a touchscreen. Bottom line, you can find better. Keep searching!

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  • Craig B.
  • 7/12/2015 7:57:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs3 years later still strong

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: 3 Years later this computer is still as good as the day i bought it. Best Investment ever!!

Cons: Speakers could be a bit louder

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  • James W.
  • 6/2/2015 6:04:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Portable. Lite weight. Usable.
Mouse not required, but it helps in navigation; I always use one.

Cons: Restrictive compared to PC's.

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  • Adam L.
  • 2/22/2015 2:10:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood within limitations

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Light, durable, silent, cheap, good keyboard, good trackpad. SD card slot and HDMI out along with USB and Headset jack. Battery life is fair to good.

Cons: Performance is not good. Passable if you are patient, but if you have to have lots of tabs open and/or watch streaming video > 720p, this machine will chug.

The display is not very bright (max is around 250 nits), and the viewing angles are poor.

Battery standby time could be better.

Other Thoughts: Then again...screens of the same quality can be found on windows laptops ranging from 400 to 1,000 USD.

Bottom line is that while this machine has real limits, what you DO get is totally usable for basically everything most people need.

If you need a laptop for school/work and you're really pinching pennies, this may be just what you need.

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  • Chris B.
  • 12/4/2014 11:27:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsFolding plastic portfolio.

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Its a Chromebook. Cheap. Decent screen. Portable. Battery life is great.

Cons: Its a Cromebook.
Pain to open when closed: you will need two hands to pry it open.Very top heavy: if you even so much as poke the screen it will fall over. Everything about it fells cheap. The keys, screen, ports, and touch pad all feel like what they are: cheap, low density plastic. The casing the monitor is in bends so much that if you arent carefull the screen will snap in half. Some models have a touch pad that dont dipress and act more like a touch screen. This makes it incredibly difficult to drag-and-drop things like moving documents and navigating maps. If you can at all afford a better one: quickly pass this one up.

Other Thoughts: Our school has orderd many of these and they have woroed very well for what we do. They are a pain to use thogh for said reasons.

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  • Mr. H.
  • 11/28/2014 7:31:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLove it, but speakers are horrible

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: LIght, compact, functional

Cons: Speakers

Other Thoughts: This is my first Chromebook. Love everything about it except the speakers. Speakers failed in less than a year. Previous to failing, they were very hard to hear when you are using on your lap (non-hard surface). Because they did not work well on lap, I used headphones so I could hear. This isn't a big deal, but it was a pain to always have to put in headphones all the time, and had to bring them with me everywhere. I also couldn't show people videos w/o having to attach a portable speaker, or even listen to music. Seems like a small thing if the speakers are the only problem, but it's a pretty important part of the overall usefulness of the product.

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  • Lucas C.
  • 7/14/2014 1:47:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI love this thing

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Light: I can carry this like it's an actual notebook. I can hold this BY THE SCREEN and not damage it. It is a huge improvement to my bulky 17" laptop.

Speed: The OS is based on the Chrome browser without much else installed. This means there is not much slowing it down. You can boot up, log in, and open the browser in well less than a minute.

Battery: >7 hours battery of light web browsing. That is amazing.

UI: The UI is very simple and intuitive. In fact, the whole thing is beautiful in its simplicity. If my technophobic grandma wants a laptop, this is what I am getting her.

Google: Everything is done through Google services, rather than installed programs. Whether this is a pro or a con is up to you.

Linux: Chrome OS is Linux based and there are ways to install Ubuntu along side it. If you're into that, like me, it is a good way to turn it into a general purpose computer.

Cons: Limited: You can install chrome extensions but not normal programs. If you need some special program installed and there is no Chrome extension or Google service, this would not suit you.

Updates: System updates are automatic without any prompt or way to know they are happening. This has slowed my Internet connection. I have not found a way to disable this.

Google: If you don't like Google's cloud services, this can get annoying.

Other Thoughts: I installed Ubuntu and now run Firefox on this. I'm such a rebel.

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  • Jason B.
  • 6/23/2014 10:11:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Awesome Chromebook, Light and slim, surprisingly good performance.

Cons: No UEFI, system predates any attempt at ARM platform standardization.

Other Thoughts: If you want ChromeOS, it's an awesome buy. If you want to install Ubuntu, awesome if you have some embedded ARM platform experience... or are not afraid to handle a more difficult install than regular x86.

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  • Marcus W.
  • 4/10/2014 12:44:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Fast, Small (or slim I should say) does exactly what I need it to do. I pondered what kind of laptop to get myself for the longest and with so many on the market that are only appealing for the bells and whistles; I had to narrow down exactly what I wanted the laptop for and how much I would be willing to spend on it. All i really wanted was something that could get me on any wifi network I have access to, could handle all my internet based tasks as well as office/offline work, had storage for any other data I needed to transfer and allowed me to have basic productivity at my fingertips on the go. Didn't want a full-blown laptop with power that wouldn't be necessary seeing as how if I need anything intense I can just use the desktops I build. Just wanted to access spreadsheets and emails and autotask with a nice sized screen and a bit of mobile pc power.

So to sum this up, the Chromebook was just a no-brainer buy for me (once my brain wrapped around it's usefulness). I've always loved the chrome browser and I use it on my main PC, my iphone, and both my galaxy tablet and LG phone. So having a laptop that runs strictly off the Chrome OS was really nothing new to me but I did have to explore the actual OS to understand certain features/tricks that chrome had to offer.

Key Qualities: Fast boot, no real lengthy software installs, plenty of apps (although they could be a lot better) no nonsens, works right out the box. All you need is a gmail account. battery life is great on a single charge I can go a full work day with minimal usage. Oh yeah and it has a memory card reader. Definitely a great purcase. Chromebook for the basic usage WIN!!!

Cons: As I mentioned the apps or great but they have the potential to be 100x better but it's a baby OS so we'll see how far google can take it and hopefully the devs (google or otherwise) will create apps with more kick. As far as the design goes, this complaint goes to samsung for their port layout. Having everything in the back kind of sucks I have to move the notebook around to access my USB's or plug in the power cable. As opposed to just having everything accessible on the sides, glad at least the Memory card reader got a side slot. That's my only con, as I said I knew what I wanted and this was exactly what I was looking for at a price that just makes sense.

Other Thoughts: Next I'll be getting a touchscreen one and I'll probably give this one away to someone who needs it just because. Don't misunderstand this though, I love it and will use it until I get the touch one, it absolutely does what's advertised.

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  • Neal C.
  • 3/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: Simplicity at its best. So easy to use and the google drive pretty much makes this a sensible on the go laptop since everything is saved online. It's super light weight too.

Cons: No animals were harmed in the making of this review.

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