2011: Google Chromebook
Despite a lackluster performance, Google's 2011 inaugural set of Chromebooks, which consisted of the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook (above) and the Acer Chromebook, proved to the world that Chrome could operate outside the confines of a simple Web browser and flourish as an entire OS.
Two years later, Chromebooks are now manufactured by Lenovo, HP, and even Google, and expanded to a desktop version called Chromebox.
- Overall score: 5.9 (2.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 10 user reviews
Starting at: $350.00
The good: The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is a small, attractive Netbook with long battery life, true instant-on Web access, and enough computing to use the Internet.
The bad: The Series 5 is expensive for its features and abilities, and using it can be frustrating depending on your wireless signal strength.
The bottom line: Despite solid hardware, great battery life, and fast startup, we can't recommend the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 until and unless Google improves the Chrome OS.
May 13, 2013 12:01 AM PDT
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET
| Caption by: Lynn La, Kent German
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