Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook, due to be released June 15, 2011, has a slightly larger screen than Acer’s model. 12.1″ as opposed to 11.6″ may not seem like much, but when you’re comparing notebooks in this size class, half an inch one way or the other is noticeable to some people. However, both models are assuredly ultra-portable, and share the same “ultra-light” weight of only 3 pounds.
Looks-wise, the Samsung Series 5 has more of a rounded appearance than the Acer, and comes in two finishes, white and titan silver.
12.1″ HD LED Display (1280×800 resolution)
Intel Atom N570 Dual-Core 1.66Ghz Processor
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
2GB DDR3 RAM (Maximum of 2GB)
16GB mSATA Solid-State Drive (SSD)
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD 1MP Webcam
Built-in noise-cancelling microphone
2 USB 2.0 ports
3.5mm Audio In (for using external microphone)
3.5mm Audio Out (for using external speakers)
4-in-1 memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Mini-VGA display-out port
Full-size island/chiclet-style keyboard
Over-sized multi-touch trackpad
8.5 hours of continuous battery life
Dimensions: 8.6″ W x .08″ H x 11.6″ D
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
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- The 1280×800 display has higher resolution than most netbooks. The 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio provides less vertical constriction than is present on 16:9 netbooks — great for viewing web pages.
- Netbooks under $400 come pre-configured with 1GB of RAM and require an upgrade to increase the memory to 2GB. The Samsung Chromebook comes with the RAM upgraded to full capacity.
- The solid-state drive, in place of a traditional spinning hard drive, makes the computer both resistant to shocks and bumps and provides blazing fast SSD performance. Both Chromebooks have an unprecedented boot time of only 8 seconds.
- Chrome OS employs multiple layers of protection including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot. Chrome OS users do not have to worry about viruses or virus protection.
- The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has a full-sized keyboard, to prevent the uncomfortable typing and accidental keystrokes on many netbooks.