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Samsung Chromebook 2 8 Core Samsung Exynos 2.1GHz 4GB 16GB Flash 13.3" Laptop

8 Samsung Exynos 2.1GHz 4GB Apr 2014
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The new Samsung Chromebook 2 achieves simple perfection starting with its premium design. The leather-like cover is richly textured, upgrading its slim and sleek design further. Even more... More
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Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 - REVIEW
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Samsung Chromebook 2 Review

9 Reasons For

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

On average Samsung Chromebooks have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all portable PCs produced by Samsung.

SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has a Flash storage medium, which is typical of many Chromebooks that are a similar 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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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the Chromebook 2 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels laptop, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

This portable PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution amongst all laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebook 2.

A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Chromebook 2, the Chromebook 2 has a front camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other portable PCs with a front camera currently available including the Samsung XE303C12, or the Acer Chromebook C720 which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Chromebook 2 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Chromebook 2. The average internal memory of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebook 2 is 3.1GB, and the internal memory range from 2GB to 16GB.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Google Chromebook Pixel (16GB) which also has a higher rating.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many Chromebooks that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

With a display brightness of 250 candellas per square meter, the Samsung Chromebook 2 has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other Chromebooks that were released around the same time as the Chromebook 2. Across all the Chromebooks that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebook 2 the display brightnesss range from 200 cd/m² to 270 cd/m².

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago is 1MB and the biggest is 4MB. The Chromebook 2 has a quite big processor cache (2 megabytes) compared to most of the other Chromebooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

Laptops of a similar age and spec to the Chromebook 2 have widths of between 200mm and 390mm. At only 223.5 millimeters, the Chromebook 2 is very narrow compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the Chromebook 2.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Chromebook 2 does not have a full-size keyboard, although keep in mind that most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Chromebook 2 also do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Only Samsung Exynos Processor Family

The Chromebook 2 has a Samsung Exynos processor family which is better than most notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it. Most notebook PCs of this age and spec have an Intel Celeron processor family.

A Samsung Exynos processor family is in fact the worst processor family across all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Chromebook 2.

Across comparable types of laptop the best processor family is NVIDIA Tegra.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Chromebook 2 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen to this portable PC and we think the Acer Chromebook C720 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only Two Battery Cells

Most laptops of a similar type and age to the Chromebook 2 have between two and five battery cells, including the Chromebook 2 which has two battery cells.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The Chromebook 2 has one of the smaller battery capacities (only 35 watt-hours) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The smallest battery capacity of notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebook 2 is 30Wh and the biggest is 52Wh.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Samsung Chromebook 2

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Chromebook was released.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Chromebook 2 has a pretty typical processor clock speed (2.1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebook 2.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the Asus Chromebook C300MA (£199.99) (2.16GHz).

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 8.5 hours, the Samsung Chromebook 2 has a fairly standard battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

Notebook PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth considering include the Toshiba CB35 (9h) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

The Samsung Chromebook 2 has a pretty standard screen size (13.3 inches) compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been available for around the same time as the Chromebook 2.

Other 13.3" laptops currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Toshiba CB35.

If this laptop screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the HP Chromebook 14 (£295.20) (14").

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Average Weight

The Chromebook 2 has a relatively average weight (1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Acer Chromebook C720 (1.3kg).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 16 gigabytes, the Chromebook 2 has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Chromebook 2.

If you are looking for a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Acer Chromebook C720 (32GB and higher rated).

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Built-In Speaker
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
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3G Network Access Module
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ExpressCard Slot
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
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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

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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 xe503c32k01us
Barcodes 00012302567655, 00887276028552, 08872760285520

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8 core Samsung Exynos 2.1GHz 4GB 16GB Flash 13.3"
£ 295.20
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£ 241.95
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