Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Now Shipping, Are You In?

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News Posted: Wed, Jun 15 2011 3:45 PM
Do you know what today is? You could answer 'Wednesday' or 'June 15, 2011' both of which would be correct responses. But it's also the day that, at long last, the first notebooks built around Google's Chrome OS are shipping. We're of course talking about Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, and if you missed out on ordering through Gilt a couple of weeks ago, now's your chance to jump on the Chrome OS bandwagon.

Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook is available at Best Buy and Amazon.com, and will set you back $430 if all you want is Wi-Fi connectivity, or $500 if you want the 3G radio. The relatively high price (compared to low end 15.6-inch notebooks) will put Google's Chrome OS to the test.


The Chromebook can best be described as an oversized netbook. It sports a 12.1-inch display, Intel Atom N570 processor (dual-core, 1.66GHz), 16GB solid state drive, 2GB of memory, two USB 2.0 ports, 4-in-1 memory card reader, VGA output, stereo speakers, 1MP webcam, full-sized keyboard, 6-cell battery, and of course the Chrome operating system.

Show of hands, who plans on picking one up?
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KPoynter replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 4:01 PM

While the Chrome OS looks nice and the whole cloud computing concept seems to be the way of the future. I do not like being in a contract or tied to a particular piece of hardware. There is a free open source Chromium based Cloud OS you can get right now that can be run from any laptop, and to me it looks a lot better like this...

http://www.tech-adventures.com/2011/02/jolicloud-portable-html5-desktop-web-of.html

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"Show of hands, who plans on picking one up?"

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EHarler replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 5:16 PM

You forgot to add the "-By optimus" line after you quote yourself, optimus. This way tt's hard to know you were the one who wrote your comment.

I'd love to get a Chromebook, but there's no money atm. :(

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I'm taking the more prudent course and waiting for additional reviews about the Chromebook before I decide to buy one. The higher than expected price is a major turn-off for me.

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realneil replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 8:33 PM

The price killed it for me.

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Certainly won't be purchasing one here. I would much rather duel boot the OS on an existing machine.

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 10:17 PM

I have one of the beta CR-48's. If you're intimidated by Linux, and even Windows, but comfortable with a phone or web-browser... the Chromebook may be for you. If you're a tech-geek, like pretty much everyone here... you're at least going to want to dual-boot an OS that gives you local apps (as you're probably not needing the "BIOS will re-image you if pwn'd" feature anyway... especially if you're a user of a different Linux flavor).

I give kudos to Google for sticking their neck out on this one. I wish them lots of success, but I don't see the market being significant (though I travel in IT-literate circles).  At least, I don't see a significant market at the price-point their partners are setting.

I've managed to not switch my unit into dev-mode or do anything untowardly all this time, so that I could give them good feedback... but it's killing me.  I think I'm going to make this thing dual-boot Ubuntu 11.10 next weekend.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 10:25 PM

Y so mean EHarler! :D

raise of hands?... nvm :D Its cool and all but much rather get a normal laptop or desktop :)

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rrplay replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 10:55 PM

Nope no hands up to consider an actual purchase

but gottta give it the ol Yes for releasing something a bit different as a mainstream  alternative  with the ChromeOS . 

Sure we heard comments  before about purchasing net/note/laps before  with-out  the OS installed,Could be a blessing in disguise for some to consider alternatives .At least try some modern open source systems, breathe new life into something they already have, & install a crisp modern OS system on it for a heck of a lot less.

likely not to hear any of that from Best Buy or Amazon.

But in HH  some multi-booty action !  Smile oh yeah .

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pwrntspd replied on Wed, Jun 15 2011 11:44 PM

Id have to go with 3vi1 on this, yeah it looks cool, but i honestly dont see myself buying another notebook just for the OS. Besides, i already dual boot with linux, and cloud storage isnt really a big thing for me, id rather have it on hand, safer that way. It is pretty good lookin, but i think my money is going to a PSVita instead.

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