Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Impressions of the Sammy Series 5 Chromebook

Coming from a CR-48 the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is a HUGE step forward. Youtube and Hulu are flawless at 480 and stable at 720. I wouldn't use 720 all the time but it is usable. Scrolling on web pages is very smooth. The screen is very bright and has a matte finish on it. This thing is sleek and sexy. It is very light and very thin.

I switched it to the Dev channel right away because I prefer to live on the edge. It's mostly stable but has its quirks. I had to reboot once already because the screen was flashing. That is one of the many bugs I have found in the Dev build. All and all it is wonderful. I have an extremely slow internet connection and this thing still flies. Facebook and Twitter load in a snap. Google Reader used to lag like crazy on the CR-48. That lag is gone. In fact I haven't seen lag anywhere on this machine. I am pretty sure this thing boots even faster then my CR-48. I didn't think that was possible.

In conclusion, I would give this thing a 9 out of 10. My biggest complaint is still the lack of Netflix and offline apps. I know those are coming though so I patiently await that. ChromeOS is still a beta OS so that's why it's a 9. As for the hardware and the build quality itself, it is flawless and sexy. I would highly recommend this Chromebook to anyone who wants a cloud computing device hands down.

- AC


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