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Samsung XE303C12 Samsung Exynos 1.7GHz 2GB 16GB Flash 11.6" Laptop

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Samsung Exynos 1.7GHz 2GB 16GB Apr 2013
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22 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

Amongst laptops of this type and age, this Samsung notebook PC is one of the most highly awarded.

The experts at Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Techradar.com/au/ and Alphr.com all decided that concluded that they would endorse this Samsung portable PC and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The writers at two additional expert review sites both decided that this Chromebook was very good. This portable PC received a "Silver" award from both Toptenreviews.com and Techzine.nl.

In addition, the editor of Gadgetgear.nl gave this notebook PC a "Gold" award and decided it was outstanding and it received a "Good Value for Money" award from Notebookjournal.de.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fourty-two expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar this Samsung laptop has an overall expert rating of 73%.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 829 owner reviews this portable PC has an average owner rating of 83 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A few customers reckoned that it was good value for money. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag four years ago “With a price low enough to entice the curious” in their review. Techworld.com wrote “It's a fantastic value - especially when you consider the included two years of expanded Go”. Three years ago Goodgearguide.com.au rated the product 4 stars and wrote on Good Gear Guide.com.au “Samsung's XE303C12 is one of the first Chromebooks to hit the Australian market, armed with a small form factor, light weight and an attractive price tag” in their review of the Samsung XE303C12.

A number of Samsung XE303C12 owners concluded that the product was a bargain for the price. Pcmag.com mentioned “The Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12) laptop delivers what we wanted from Google all along—a cheap, portable way to get online, with nothing getting in the way” in their review of the Samsung XE303C12. Maximumpc.com mentioned in their Samsung XE303C12 review “Craptastic netbooks were the cheap hotness” . Expert website Notebookcheck.net wrote in their review of the Samsung XE303C12 “The Samsung XE303C12 Chromebook sounds like a fantastic deal for just $250” .

Some customers wrote in their reviews that it was cheap. Expert review site Computershopper.com said “Samsung’s $249 Chromebook is an enticing low-cost, productivity-focused alternative to netbooks” in their review and scored it 70 out of 100. Expert website Ubergizmo.com said “It is an inexpensive piece of hardware, running on a free Operating System, with free s”. Gadgetnutz.com wrote “Posted in Laptop Reviews, Mobile Device Reviews, ReviewsChromebooks are suitable for those who like light, inexpensive laptops with fast internet browsing”.

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Good Size

Three people who purchased this laptop reckoned that it was thin. Expert website Liliputing.com mentioned “The Samsung Chromebook XE303 is one of the thinnest, lightest” in their review. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned “Samsung's latest Chromebook – the Series 3 XE303C12-A01US – is small, slim”.

One customer thought it was a good weight. One Samsung XE303C12 owner concluded that it was lightweight.

One person said in their reviews that the Samsung XE303C12 was compact.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few people who reviewed the Samsung XE303C12 reckoned that it was quiet. Wired.co.uk said “The Chromebook is a lightweight, quiet (it has no fan or other moving parts” but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 3 stars. Expert review site Gadgetnutz.com mentioned “It’s light, thin, compact, silent, lasts over 6 hours” in their Samsung XE303C12 review. Expert review site Alphr.com said “It all went rather quiet” in their Samsung XE303C12 review.

Good Connectivity

A number of Samsung XE303C12 owners who bought the product concluded that it was able to connect to the internet. Goodgearguide.com.au gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and wrote in their Samsung XE303C12 review on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “It needs an Internet connection to function properly”. Expert review site Wired.co.uk said in their review of this laptop “For quick internet access, checking emails, making notes or emergency Facebook communiqués” but even so they only gave this laptop a score of 3 stars. Ubergizmo.com mentioned three years ago “I understand that there are other options for browsing the internet, on a more powerful hardware for a few dollars more”.

One Samsung XE303C12 reviewer thought it was wifi compatible. Three years ago expert review site Uk.hardware.info mentioned “The screen is big enough, you get a full keyboard and a good WiFi card - everything you need for browsing the web” in their review of the Samsung XE303C12.

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Good Brand

We checked 1,781 expert and owner reviews for Samsung notebook PCs and found that on average Samsung has good reviews. We also found that Samsung has good reviews specifically within its Chromebooks range.

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Good Value for Money

Notebookjournal.de highlighted in their review that this Chromebook was good value for money.

Easy to Use

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Four years ago expert website Notebookreview.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “Comfortable keyboard” however despite that they gave it a rating of 54 out of 100.

One Samsung XE303C12 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Expert review site Gadgetnutz.com said “It’s also easy and safe enough for kids to use with no moving parts within”.

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Nice Design

One customer mentioned that it was good looking. Trustedreviews.com said three years ago “It's slim, stylish, light, quiet, lasts a good while on a charge, offers a great typing experience” in their Samsung XE303C12 review and gave this laptop a score of 4 stars.

Robust

One Samsung XE303C12 owner wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “The Series 3 is a solid laptop” in their review of this laptop.

Good Battery Life

One Samsung XE303C12 owner wrote in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Notebookreview.com wrote in their Samsung XE303C12 review “Great battery life is another plus”.

SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has a Flash storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of a similar 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 Full-Size Keyboard

The Samsung XE303C12 has a full-size keyboard, which is unusual. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and type do not have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including because of it's better review score, the Acer Chromebook C720[plb_2422801_price].

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the XE303C12, the Samsung XE303C12 has a front camera.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price], and the Acer Chromebook C720[plb_2422801_price] is also worth considering.

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1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The XE303C12 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most Chromebooks that have been on the market for more than two years. Most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an 802.11g WiFi standard. In addition, this Samsung notebook PC have an 802.11a and 802.11b WiFi standard.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is actually the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the XE303C12.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Thin

The thinnest notebook PC of this type and age is 16mm thick, the thickest is 230mm, and the average height is 28mm. At only 17.5 millimeters, the XE303C12 is fairly thin compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for around the same time as the XE303C12.

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Light

At only 1.1 kilograms, the Samsung XE303C12 is quite light compared to most of the other Chromebooks that were launched around the same time as the XE303C12. The average weight of similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the XE303C12 is 1.5kg, and the weights range from 1kg to 2.2kg.

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Narrow

The XE303C12 is very narrow (only 208.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the XE303C12. The narrowest notebook PC of this age and type is 200mm wide, the widest is 390mm, and the average width is 310mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The XE303C12 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the XE303C12 have one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Only Samsung Exynos Processor Family

The XE303C12 has a better processor family than most Chromebooks that are a comparable age to it. This portable PC has a Samsung Exynos processor family, whereas most Chromebooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have an Intel Celeron processor family.

This portable PC's processor family (Samsung Exynos) is in fact the worst processor family across all laptops of this type and age.

Across similar types of portable PC the best processor family is NVIDIA Tegra.

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Quite Short Battery Life

The shortest battery life of portable PCs of this age and type is 3.5h and the longest is 14h. With a battery life of only 7 hours, the XE303C12 has one of the shorter battery lifes amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

If this portable PC battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Acer Chromebook C720[plb_2422801_price] (7.5h and higher rated), or the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] (9h and higher rated).

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

Across all the portable PCs of this age and spec the memory clock speeds range from 800MHz to 1,600MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,500MHz. The memory clock speed of the XE303C12 of only 800 megahertz is one of the slowest amongst Chromebooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Samsung XE303C12 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other Chromebooks that have been around for around the same time as the XE303C12 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to consider including the Acer Chromebook C720[plb_2422801_price].

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of laptops of this type and age is 30Wh, the biggest is 52Wh, and the average battery capacity is 42Wh. With a battery capacity of only 30 watt-hours, the XE303C12 has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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Only Two Battery Cells

The XE303C12 is a two battery cell count notebook PC.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The average processor cache of laptops that have been around for more than two years is 1.7MB, and the processor caches range from 1MB to 4MB. With a processor cache of only 1 megabyte, the XE303C12 has one of the smaller processor caches amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Quite Small Flash Memory

Chromebooks that came out more than two years ago have flash memory of between 16GB and 32GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Samsung XE303C12 has a quite small flash memory compared to most of the other Chromebooks that are a comparable age to the XE303C12.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Samsung XE303C12 is a one USB 3.0 port laptop.

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Very Low Front Camera Resolution

The average front camera resolution of laptops of a comparable age and type to the XE303C12 is 0.99MP, and the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 1.3MP. With a front camera resolution of only 0.3 megapixels, the XE303C12 has one of the lower front camera resolutions amongst Chromebooks of this age.

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Very Low Speaker Power

At only 1.5 Watts, the XE303C12 has a quite low speaker power compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the XE303C12. The average speaker power of laptops of a similar type and age to the XE303C12 is 1.9W.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung XE303C12

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Samsung released the XE303C12.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.7 gigahertz, the XE303C12 has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other Chromebooks that are a comparable age to the XE303C12.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 11.6 inches, the XE303C12 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been available for around the same time as the XE303C12.

Laptops with a bigger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] (13.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

The Samsung XE303C12 has a fairly typical internal memory (2 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the XE303C12.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Acer Chromebook C720[plb_2422801_price] (4GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Samsung XE303C12 has a relatively typical total storage capacity (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other Chromebooks that have been around for more than two years.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the Acer Chromebook C720[plb_2422801_price] (32GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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9 Awards

techzine.nl Silver gadgetgear.nl Gold Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product toptenreviews.com Silver alphr.com Recommended techradar.com/au/ Recommended Techradar Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended notebookjournal.de Good Value for Money

Expert Reviews

(83)
17 June 2014

A classy Chromebook with a price that's a little on the high side...

3 March 2014

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US On its surface, the Samsung XE303C12 Chromebook sounds like a fantastic deal for just $250 . The notebook is powerful enough for simple multi-tasking and tasks...

21 February 2014

Chromebooks are simple laptops that have replaced netbooks in the low-cost segment of the market. Instead of running Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, they run the Chrome OS operating system from... Read more…

6 September 2013

For such an attractive price, the Samsung Chromebook 3G makes a nice laptop. It?s light, thin, compact, silent, lasts over 6 hours, and powerfully fast. It?s also easy and safe enough for kids to...

12 August 2013

As a blogger , I simply love the idea of the Chrome OS, be it in the form of a Chromebook or Chromebox. I've spent the better part of the last two years getting more intimately acquainted with the... Read more…

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User Reviews

(803)
Reviewed 20 November 2013 by ComputerTutor
ComputerTutor would recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12

I got my Chromebook (samsung series 5) shortly after they were released (3-4 years ago) and it has been the best internet appliance I"ve owned. I didn't call it laptop purposely - it isn't a... Read more…

Reviewed 5 November 2013 by Chrome92
Chrome92 would recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12

Its about time Walmart started selling these! I have had this Chromebook for almost a year now and absolutely love it! I bought it in January as a second computer with the intentions of only using... Read more…

Reviewed 6 July 2013 by Beastial
Beastial would recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12

Technical Specifications: Samsung Chromebook, model XE303C12-A01US Color: Silver Dimensions: 11.4? x 8.09? x 0.7? Weight: 2.43 lbs. Operating System: Google Chrome OS CPU Type: Samsung Exynos 5... Read more…

Reviewed 15 May 2013 by Apiscesvalleygirl
Apiscesvalleygirl would recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12 (Verified Purchase)

The Samsung Chromebook is a perfect laptop for anyone on the go! It boots up in less than 10 seconds and requires no "maintenance" like Windows laptops do. The keys and lettering are large, making... Read more…

Reviewed 21 October 2013 by Chrome99
Chrome99 would recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12

I have waited a few months before writing a review. I wanted to start my online graduate classes before I wrote a review. I can't tell you how excited I am about this notebook. It meets all my... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers xe303c12, xe303c12a01au
Barcodes 00887276002545, 03540260106496, 05054484452133, 08806085233102, 08806085249912, 08806085274044, 08806085284494, 08806085287570, 08806085503144

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