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Samsung Chromebook 2 2 Core Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 4GB 16GB Flash 11.6" Laptop

2 Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 4GB Dec 2014
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The Chromebook 2 wakes up in a split second and cold boots in less than ten.1 Samsung's energy-efficient Intel Celeron Processor N2840 allows for effortless multitasking and rapid rendering of... More
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Samsung Chromebook 2 review | Engadget
Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 - REVIEW
Samsung Chromebook 2 Unboxing & Hands-On
Samsung Chromebook 2 Review

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, infoworld.com and Digitaltrends.com the average expert rating of this notebook PC is 75 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this Samsung laptop rated this portable PC 89 out of 100 on average.

Good Size

A number of Samsung Chromebook 2 owners agreed that it was thin. Maximumpc.com gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Thin and sleek” in their review of the Samsung Chromebook 2.

One person who purchased this laptop wrote that it was tight. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “If your budget is tight, note that Asus' $200 Chromebook C200 has 2GB of R” and gave it a score of 70 out of 100.

One person said that it was compact. Maximumpc.com rated the Samsung Chromebook 2 4 stars and said “Dun en compact”. One Samsung Chromebook 2 reviewer thought it was easy to carry around.

One customer said in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Makeuseof.com mentioned “Chromebooks have become a tech craze as of late, as they are lightweight, capable machines that have a long battery life” in their review.

One Samsung Chromebook 2 owner said in their reviews that it was good structurally. Expert website Networkworld.com wrote “It has a distinctive design, roomy 1080p display and solid construction with an excellent keyboard”.

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Good Battery Life

Six Samsung Chromebook 2 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Samsung Chromebook 2 had a good battery life. Maximumpc.com said “Excellent battery life” in their review.

Nice Design

Seven Samsung Chromebook 2 owners thought this laptop was a good design. Laptopmag.com gave the product a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned two years ago “The Samsung Chromebook 2 boasts a sleek design, sharp HD display”. Notebookreview.com mentioned “We reviewed the 13-inch model, which has a sophisticated design” however they rated the product 57 out of 100. Expert website Liliputing.com mentioned in their review of the Samsung Chromebook 2 two years ago “Speedy-enough-for-casual-use laptop with a fanless design for quiet operation”.

Some Samsung Chromebook 2 owners thought this laptop was good looking. Expert review site Cnet.com said “Samsung keeps the nice-looking design of its previous 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 while making it a little more durable”. Expert website Laptopmag.com mentioned in their review two years ago “The 13-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 impressed with its sexy faux-leather design” . Laptopmag.com also wrote “Samsung's stylish Chromebook 2 makes a more compelling case than ever”.

One customer who purchased this laptop considered that it was aesthetic. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ wrote “The faux-leather back is purely aesthetic and adds nothing to the functionality”.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “A strong feature set, Samsung's Chromebook 2 is a very good value for $250” in their review. Maximumpc.com rated it 80 out of 100 and said “Faster Intel processor Decent battery life Good sound for its price range”. Expert website Liliputing.com mentioned “The Samsung Chromebook 2 with a Bay Trail processo r hits a pretty sweet spot between price, performance” in their review.

A number of Samsung Chromebook 2 reviewers reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Expert website Theverge.com said “Cheap laptops can be even thinner, even faster, even more powerful, even longer-lasting; the Chromebook 2 is all four” in their review of the Samsung Chromebook 2 and scored it 4 stars. Two years ago expert review site Makeuseof.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “Best of all, they're very cheap for a laptop”. Notebooks.com said “Who will enjoy a Samsung Chromebook? People with simple online needs that want an ultra-portable machine for a bargain cost” in their review of the Samsung Chromebook 2.

Some Samsung Chromebook 2 reviewers who reviewed the product wrote that it was cheap. Maximumpc.com mentioned “The display quality is disappointing even for an inexpensive laptop” in their review of this laptop and rated the Samsung Chromebook 2 4 stars. Two years ago Liliputing.com mentioned “Samsung's Chromebook 2 with an Intel Bay Trail processor is a small, inexpensive” in their Samsung Chromebook 2 review.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who bought this laptop considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Maximumpc.com mentioned “Comfortable keyboard and touch pad” in their review of this laptop.

Some Samsung Chromebook 2 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use. Expert review site Computershopper.com said “Though it's not without flaws, Samsung's latest Chromebook is a pleasure to use, easy to carry around” in their Samsung Chromebook 2 review and rated it 80 out of 100. Two years ago expert review site Laptopmag.com said “This elegant ultraportable sports a crisp, full-HD display; a handy preinstalled software suite;” in their review of this laptop.

One Samsung Chromebook 2 reviewer who reviewed this laptop wrote that it had a good experience. Maximumpc.com mentioned “Exceptional typing experience”.

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Robust

Some people who reviewed this laptop reckoned that it was well made. Two years ago expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned “With a solid build, improved battery life”. Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “The Chromebook 2 XE500C12 is a very solid entry into the now-crowded sub-$300 Chromebook market”. Engadget.com said “It's still a solid choice, thanks to its premium design, comfortable keyboard”.

One person who purchased the Samsung Chromebook 2 reckoned that it was strong and durable.

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Good Brand

Based on 1,781 owner and expert reviews, Samsung has good ratings for its laptops. Samsung also has good ratings specifically for its Chromebooks.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Samsung Chromebook 2 owners agreed that it was quiet. Last year Maximumpc.com wrote “Very quiet and stays cool” in their review.

Good Technical Features

One Samsung Chromebook 2 owner who reviewed it considered that it had good features.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many Chromebooks that were launched more than a year ago.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has a Flash storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it. Flash drives store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Flash have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Has a Front Camera

The Samsung Chromebook 2 has a front camera. Most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the Chromebook 2 also have a front camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including the Acer Chromebook CB3 which has better reviews.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.16 gigahertz, the Chromebook 2 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the Chromebook 2. Chromebooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebook 2 have processor clock speeds of between 1.3GHz and 2.3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 1.9GHz.

If you are looking for a laptop with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the Acer Chromebook C910 (2.2GHz and higher rated).

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Intel Celeron Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Celeron processor family, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on Chromebooks that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the Chromebook 2 is 45mAh, the biggest is 7,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 3,200mAh. At 4,080 milliamperes * hour, the Chromebook 2 has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebook 2.

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Very Light

Across all the portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Chromebook 2 the weights range from 1.1kg to 2.2kg, and the average weight is 1.5kg. At only 1.2 kilograms, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Chromebook 2.

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Narrow

The width of the Samsung Chromebook 2 of only 204.7 millimeters is one of the narrowest amongst similar spec laptops that came out more than a year ago. The average width of Chromebooks that are a comparable age to the Chromebook 2 is 320mm, and the widths range from 200mm to 390mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Product Quality

One Samsung Chromebook 2 reviewer concluded that the Samsung Chromebook 2 was not good quality.

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 792 megahertz, the Samsung Chromebook 2 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Chromebook 2 is 830MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,000MHz.

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Very Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

The average maximum processor memory bandwidth of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 23GB/s, and the maximum processor memory bandwidths range from 21GB/s to 26GB/s. At only 21.32 gigabytes per second, the Chromebook 2 has a quite slow maximum processor memory bandwidth compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Chromebook 2.

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Only Four PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Chromebook 2 is a four PCI Express lane (max) laptop.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Chromebook 2 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Chromebook 2 do have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in other portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the Chromebook CB3, or the Chromebook C910 both from Acer which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Samsung Chromebook 2 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other Chromebooks that are a comparable age to the Chromebook 2 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen which you might also want to consider including the DELL Chromebook 11 (£154.80).

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year is 44Wh, and the battery capacities range from 30Wh to 51Wh. At only 30 watt-hours, the Samsung Chromebook 2 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the Chromebook 2.

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Only Two Battery Cells

Most Chromebooks that were released more than a year ago have between two and three battery cells, including the Chromebook 2 which has two battery cells.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The Chromebook 2 has a fairly small processor cache (only 1 megabyte) compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been available for a similar time to the Chromebook 2. Similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebook 2 have processor caches of between 1MB and 3MB.

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Very Dim Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of laptops of a similar spec and age to the Chromebook 2 range from 200 cd/m² to 220 cd/m². At only 200 candellas per square meter, the Chromebook 2 has a fairly dim display brightness compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the Chromebook 2.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Chromebook 2 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most Chromebooks that were launched more than a year ago. Most Chromebooks that have been on the market for a similar time to it have an 802.11b WiFi standard.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst all Chromebooks that have been around for more than a year.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the best Wi-Fi standard is 802.11n.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung Chromebook 2

Released Over Two Years Ago

Samsung released the Chromebook 2 over two years ago.

Average Battery Life

At 9 hours, the Chromebook 2 has a fairly typical battery life compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been available for a comparable time to the Chromebook 2.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 9h battery life laptops currently available including the Toshiba Chromebook CB30 which has better reviews.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Samsung Chromebook 2 has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 11.6 inches, the Chromebook 2 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been around for around the same time as the Chromebook 2.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 16 gigabytes, the Samsung Chromebook 2 has a pretty standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebook 2.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Chromebook 15 (32GB), or the Chromebook C910 (£294.59) (32GB) both from Acer.

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Specification

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Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Processor Codename
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Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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Memory Card
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Display
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Full HD
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Front Camera
Networking
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Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
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Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
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USB 3.0 Port
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Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
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Intel 64
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Expert Reviews

(49)

In Review: Samsung Chomebook 2 XE500C12. Test model provided by Samsung USThe Samsung Chromebook 2 is a no-frills Chromebook that performs well in core aspects where target users are more likely...

28 May 2015

One thing we want to point out before it confuses the hell out of you is that this new Bay Trail?based Chromebook 2 is not to be mixed up with the eight-core Exynos 5?based Chromebook, which also... Read more…

Strong processor
Comfortable keyboard and touch pad
Excellent battery life
Loud audio
Sleek attractivedesign
Bland aesthetics
Screen has viewing angle issues
Only 2GB of RAM
No keyboard backlight
Exyno 5 processor slower thanIntel Haswell
23 December 2014

Though it's not without flaws, Samsung's latest Chromebook is a pleasure to use, easy to carry around, and won't have you hunting for AC outlets anytime soon. Read More?...

15 December 2014

Samsung's entry-level Chromebook isn't perfect, what with its washed-out display, limited RAM and lack of a full-sized SD slot. Despite those shortcomings, though, it's still a solid choice,...

10 December 2014

TIRED2GB of RAM. Really Samsung? Really? TN display just barely qualifies as HD. Lack of standard SD Card slot means you'll need an USB adapter.I was a little surprised by the arrival of a brand... Read more…

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User Reviews

(402)
Reviewed 24 November 2015 by Traveler
Traveler would recommend the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE503C12 (Verified Purchase)

I got this to replace an old laptop that couldn't handle the daily commute to college. Excellent battery life and instantly turns on when you open the cover. It's certainly not as powerful as a PC... Read more…

Reviewed 7 November 2014 by AnnB2
AnnB2 would recommend the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE503C12 (Verified Purchase)

As a touch typist I have been frustrated trying to write on a tablet, although I find it perfect it for reading, music and games. I love my all-in-one PC but it is not portable. The Samsung 11"... Read more…

Reviewed 20 December 2014 by Souldad
Souldad would recommend the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE503C12

I bought the Samsung Chromebook to take on business trips, as I travel pretty much every week of the year. My Dell laptop is just too heavy to lug around, and the Chromebook is about a third of... Read more…

Reviewed 22 October 2015 by Megan
Megan would recommend the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE503C12

This Chromebook is very simple to use and it is nice that it has everything in one place for you. It's great for simply browsing the web but not so great for anything else. I do use this to do... Read more…

Reviewed 27 December 2014 by Elmstreetslasher
Elmstreetslasher would recommend the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE503C12 (Verified Purchase)

For being an apple guy and windows hater lol,I am so impressed with this laptop. It is so simple to use, no boot up time, automatic updates, great battery life. It's very thin and the full Google... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers xe500c12k02us, XE500C12-K02US, samsung xe500c12k02, samsung xe500c12k02u, samsung xe500c12k02us
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