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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 Nov 2013
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Samsung Chromebook (XE303C12) Review
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Review: Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 A01US

19 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

This portable PC has received nine awards from expert review sites.

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

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

The editors of two additional expert review sites thought that this notebook PC was good. This Samsung portable PC received a "Gold" award from Gadgetgear.nl who concluded it was outstanding and the expert at Notebookjournal.de gave it a "Good Value for Money" award and said it provided a good bang for your buck.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Fourty-two experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar have rated this Chromebook on average 73 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this portable PC rated it as 83 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

Nine people reckoned that the product was good value for money. Pcmag.com said in their Samsung XE303C12 review “With a price low enough to entice the curious” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Expert website Techworld.com wrote “It's a fantastic value - especially when you consider the included two years of expanded Go”. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “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”.

A number of people said that it was a bargain for the price. Expert review site 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. Expert website Maximumpc.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “Craptastic netbooks were the cheap hotness”. Expert review site Notebookcheck.net mentioned “The Samsung XE303C12 Chromebook sounds like a fantastic deal for just $250”.

A few Samsung XE303C12 owners concluded that the product was cheap. Five years ago Computershopper.com mentioned “Samsung’s $249 Chromebook is an enticing low-cost, productivity-focused alternative to netbooks”. Expert website Ubergizmo.com said “It is an inexpensive piece of hardware, running on a free Operating System, with free s” . Expert website Gadgetnutz.com said “Posted in Laptop Reviews, Mobile Device Reviews, ReviewsChromebooks are suitable for those who like light, inexpensive laptops with fast internet browsing” in their review.

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Good Size

A number of people who bought it thought it was thin. Trustedreviews.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Trusted Reviews “It's slim, stylish, light, quiet, lasts a good while on a charge, offers a great typing experience”. Five years ago expert website Liliputing.com wrote “The Samsung Chromebook XE303 is one of the thinnest, lightest” in their review of the Samsung XE303C12. Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote four years ago “Samsung's latest Chromebook – the Series 3 XE303C12-A01US – is small, slim” in their review of the Samsung XE303C12.

One Samsung XE303C12 reviewer who bought this laptop reckoned that it was a good weight.

One Samsung XE303C12 reviewer who bought it considered that it was lightweight. Expert website Wired.co.uk said in their review “The Chromebook is a lightweight, quiet (it has no fan or other moving parts” although they only gave the Samsung XE303C12 a rating of 60 out of 100.

One Samsung XE303C12 reviewer considered that this laptop was compact. Four years ago expert review site Gadgetnutz.com said “It’s light, thin, compact, silent, lasts over 6 hours” in their review of the Samsung XE303C12.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few Samsung XE303C12 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was quiet. Alphr.com wrote in their review “It all went rather quiet” and rated it 4 stars.

Good Connectivity

Four Samsung XE303C12 reviewers who bought the product thought it was able to connect to the internet. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au said “It needs an Internet connection to function properly” in their review of this laptop. Expert website Wired.co.uk wrote five years ago “For quick internet access, checking emails, making notes or emergency Facebook communiqués” in their Samsung XE303C12 review but in spite of that they only scored the product 3 stars. Ubergizmo.com mentioned “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 who purchased it thought it was wifi compatible. Expert review site Uk.hardware.info said in their Samsung XE303C12 review four years ago “The screen is big enough, you get a full keyboard and a good WiFi card - everything you need for browsing the web”.

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Samsung Has Good Laptop Reviews

Based on 1,626 owner and expert reviews, Samsung has good reviews for its notebook PCs. Samsung also has good reviews specifically within its Chromebooks range compared to other brands.

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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 person wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. One Samsung XE303C12 owner who reviewed the product wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Notebookreview.com wrote “Comfortable keyboard” in their review of this laptop.

One customer who bought it thought it was easy to use. Gadgetnutz.com said in their review of the Samsung XE303C12 “It’s also easy and safe enough for kids to use with no moving parts within”.

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Nice Design

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Samsung XE303C12 was good looking.

Robust

One Samsung XE303C12 owner who reviewed the product considered that it was well made. Digitaltrends.com wrote five years ago “The Series 3 is a solid laptop” in their review of this laptop.

Good Battery Life

One Samsung XE303C12 owner who bought the product thought it had a good battery life. Expert website Notebookreview.com said in their Samsung XE303C12 review “Great battery life is another plus”.

SSD Storage Media

This laptop has a Flash storage media, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age. 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. Most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the XE303C12 do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other Chromebooks that were released more than two years ago, the XE303C12 has a front camera.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_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 notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

The Samsung XE303C12 has an 802.11n wi-Fi standards which is better than the 802.11g wi-Fi standards found on most Chromebooks that are a similar age to it. This portable PC also have an 802.11a and 802.11b wi-Fi standards.

This portable PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all similar spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the XE303C12.

An 802.11a wi-Fi standards is the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Light

The XE303C12 is very light (only 1.1 kilograms) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the XE303C12. Across all the laptops that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 1kg to 2.2kg.

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8 Reasons Against

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

Most portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the XE303C12 have one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity, including the XE303C12 which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity.

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Only Samsung Exynos Processor Family

The Samsung XE303C12 has a Samsung Exynos processor family which is better than the Intel Celeron processor family found on most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

This notebook PC's processor family (Samsung Exynos) is in fact the worst processor family across all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the XE303C12.

An NVIDIA Tegra processor family is the best processor family amongst similar types of notebook PC.

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Very Short Battery Life (max)

Notebook PCs of this spec and age have battery life (max)s of between 3.5h and 4,000h. The XE303C12 has one of the shorter battery life (max)s (only 7 hours) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

If this Samsung notebook PC battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] (9h and higher rated).

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

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

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The XE303C12 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other Chromebooks that have been around for a similar time to the XE303C12 also do not have a touchscreen.

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Very Small Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

Laptops of this spec and age have battery capacity (Watt hours)s of between 30Wh and 52Wh. The XE303C12 has a fairly small battery capacity (Watt hours) (only 30 watt-hours) compared to most of the other Chromebooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Two Number of Battery Cellss

Most notebook PCs of this spec and age have between two and five number of battery cellss, including the XE303C12 which has two number of battery cellss.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The Samsung XE303C12 has one of the lower speaker powers (only 1.5 Watts) amongst Chromebooks of this age. The speaker powers of portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the XE303C12 range from 1.5W to 2W.

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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 Frequency

With a processor frequency of 1.7 gigahertz, the XE303C12 has a relatively standard processor frequency compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the XE303C12.

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Average Display Diagonal

The XE303C12 has a relatively average display diagonal (11.6 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the XE303C12.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a bigger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Toshiba CB35[plb_2275441_price] (13.3" and higher rated).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 2 gigabytes, the XE303C12 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other Chromebooks that were released around the same time as the XE303C12.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 16 gigabytes, the Samsung XE303C12 has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.

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Specification

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SmartCard Slot
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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
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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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