Samsung Chromebook Now Top Selling Laptop on Amazon

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Don't tell Microsoft, but the top selling notebook on Amazon isn't running Windows 8, or any flavor of Windows for that matter. It's not running Mac OS X, either. Interestingly enough, the biggest seller in the notebook category on the world's largest online retail site is a Chromebook. Samsung's Chromebook, to be exact.

It's Samsung's newest Chromebook model, the one with a 1.7GHz Exynos 5200 processor and 16GB of eMMC storage, and for the past 76 days it's been in the top 100 of Amazon's best selling laptops. Currently sitting in pole position, Samsung's 11.6-inch Chromebook is ahead of Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (newest version), Dell's Inspiron i15R-1633sLV, Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Air (newest version), and Acer's 15.5-inch Aspire AS5250-0639. A spattering of Ultrabooks can be found further on down the list.

Samsung Chromebook

That's pretty good company, and it speaks to the value proposition of what's essentially a glorified Internet browser, though let's not pooh-pooh what a Chromebook is capable of. Some light Internet gaming and cloud-based productivity chores are possible, and it's an especially useful device if you're already heavily invested in Google's products and services.

Both Acer and Samsung recently introduced new low-priced Chromebooks built around Google's Chrome OS, the former taking the $199 price point and the latter offering a $249 model. Samsung's is a bit hard to find at the moment, as even the one on Amazon's website is through a third-party seller with a jacked up price tag.
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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 2 2013 9:57 AM

Hmm... seems to be a well visited trend, the most cost effective product rather than the "Coolest" wins, it is interesting though previously seen on multiple occasions such as the gasoline over the steam engine, the semiconductor over the vacuum tube, or even the IBM PC over the Apple II/III "IBM, in essence, became more like the early Apple, whereas Apple became like everybody expected IBM to be. The open architecture of the forthcoming IBM PC and the closed architecture of the forthcoming Macintosh caused a complete turnaround in the industry.", it seems Google may be pulling an IBM here rather than big M$ though!

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jan 2 2013 11:05 AM

I didn't expect this at all.. I mostly forgot about the Chromebook and really thought it had failed since I hadn't really heard anything about it since the review on here a year and a Half ago!

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sevags replied on Thu, Jan 3 2013 4:39 PM

acarzt, what are you talking about? The current Samsung Chromebook was released only 2 months ago and the Acer chromebook is even newer than that. Maybe you are referring to the review of the OS and not the laptop/netbook itself?

The Samsung chromebook has been doing very well since launch proving that cost is a big factor for consumers when purchasing and that not everyone needs to be able to run cpu intensive programs, that for some people it is only about internet connectivity and typing.

I hear the Acer version is also doing very well even it it is just because it's priced lower than samsungs.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jan 3 2013 6:42 PM

sevags:

acarzt, what are you talking about? The current Samsung Chromebook was released only 2 months ago and the Acer chromebook is even newer than that. Maybe you are referring to the review of the OS and not the laptop/netbook itself?

The Samsung chromebook has been doing very well since launch proving that cost is a big factor for consumers when purchasing and that not everyone needs to be able to run cpu intensive programs, that for some people it is only about internet connectivity and typing.

I hear the Acer version is also doing very well even it it is just because it's priced lower than samsungs.

 

This...

 

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Samsung-Series-5-Chromebook-Review/

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The Sammy in the picture is pretty sleek looking.

The price makes it attractive to me. I have used one of the older versions of this before and it's good enough for a lot of basic tasks.

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Its is very easy to turn the new Samsung chromebook into a full featured netbook by installing Ubuntu Linux. This is a very easy to follow install guide. Once complete you can have a dual boot Samsung Chromebook with ChromeOS one one disk and Ubuntu 12 on the other SSD drive.

http://techfoobar.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-install-ubuntu-on-samsungs-new.html

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