Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Looks Handsome, Polished Compared With CR-48
Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, one of the first notebook computers based on Google's Chrome operating system, launches to the public June 15 in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. The Series 5, which will be sold through Amazon.com and Best Buy's Webstore, is priced at $429 (USD) for the WiFi-only model and $499 for a computer with a 3G radio. We tested the 3G model, which comes with 100MB of data per month for two years from Verizon Wireless. This computer, a finished version of the arctic white model eWEEK saw at Google I/O, is a much handsomer machine than the Cr-48 experimental model Google rolled out to testers last December to whet their appetites and to get them acclimated to Google's vision of a cloud-based computing paradigm. The machine, which weighs 3.3 pounds, compared with the bulkier 3.8 pounds of the Cr-48, is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 processor that keeps the Web applications humming at a nice clip. The Series 5 has only 16GB internal SSD (solid-state drive) and 2GB of DDR3 (double data rate type 3) RAM. This device, which has one SD card reader and two USB ports, connects to the Internet via 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Verizon 3G WWAN. It also comes with a VGA adapter to port content to a larger screen and has a whopping 8.5 hours of battery life, to which we can attest. We connected to it via our home wireless network for this test and we walk you through the connection process in this eWEEK slide show. Sit back and get comfortable with Chrome OS the way we did.