Samsung Series 5 Chromebook - £249.95 @ John Lewis + £50 cashback
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Samsung Series 5 Chromebook - £249.95 @ John Lewis + £50 cashback

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Found 14th Oct 2012
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is a web-only device offering you near instant access to great online content at the press of a button. You’ll experience a faster, simpler and safer web experience than everyday laptops. It also features 8 hours of battery life, cloud storage and a sleek, slender chassis.

Cashback details - samsung.com/uk/…tml

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Not really much better than most of the Windows net/notebooks out there. Heat for the price though!
DreadGunner

Not really much better than most of the Windows net/notebooks out there. … Not really much better than most of the Windows net/notebooks out there. Heat for the price though!

Aside from the near-instant boot (from off) and 8 hours of use-time... And all that for £200. Yeah there are dozens of Windows laptops that do that. Somewhere. I'm sure.
The flip side being that it becomes a door stop if not connected to the internet.
pibpob

The flip side being that it becomes a door stop if not connected to the … The flip side being that it becomes a door stop if not connected to the internet.



This would be great for students if there was some form of offline mode, but since they travel home on trains etc this just isn't going to cut it.
Do you need to be a student to get the cashback?
Original Poster
It doesn't seem so
Very tempted, but I really don't need another machine...

If you want a Chromebook with a bit more longevity, I would get one of the new models with a significantly faster Celeron processor. They have £50 cashback too.

amazon.co.uk/dp/…8S6

General performance killed the appeal of the last Chromebook — it just c … General performance killed the appeal of the last Chromebook — it just couldn't hold up under a heavy workload. The new Series 5 is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867 processor and 4GB of RAM, and though those aren't exactly bleeding-edge specs they're more than up to the task of powering Chrome OS. (Source)


Edited by: "aceuk" 14th Oct 2012
Unless you literally live your life on the internet and don't use a computer for ANY other purplse, I really fail to see the point of these machines.
Just another excuse for Google to suck up a bit more of your life and flog it to the highest bidder.
bilbob

Unless you literally live your life on the internet and don't use a … Unless you literally live your life on the internet and don't use a computer for ANY other purplse, I really fail to see the point of these machines. Just another excuse for Google to suck up a bit more of your life and flog it to the highest bidder.



A lot of people use their PC/Tablet/Laptop for nothing but internet browsing in the bedroom/living room. At most they might open the occasional pdf or word document. This is perfect for that, though personally I'd prefer a netbook which is a lot more versatile.
Spacehduk

A lot of people use their PC/Tablet/Laptop for nothing but internet … A lot of people use their PC/Tablet/Laptop for nothing but internet browsing in the bedroom/living room. At most they might open the occasional pdf or word document. This is perfect for that, though personally I'd prefer a netbook which is a lot more versatile.


... and generally cheaper
The price is tempting, but you'd quickly regret the £50ish you saved over a low-priced regular laptop, (especially if you later tried to sell it on)
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this does have a larger screen of 12 inch as opposed to most netbooks which are 10 inch
aceuk

If you want a Chromebook with a bit more longevity, I would get one of … If you want a Chromebook with a bit more longevity, I would get one of the new models with a significantly faster Celeron processor. They have £50 cashback too.http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007ZZ18S6



But that's a bit insane, isn't it? I thought the whole point of the chromebook concept was to run a stripped-down OS, a web browser and nothing else. How can it be that you need 4GB plus dual-core whatnot to have a decent browsing experience?
I am a university prof, and for my use this has clear potential. I am covered by WiFi 99% of the time (at work through the uni network, at home via broadband) and could really use a laptop for light email/web use plus google doc editing. The appeal of this would be zero upkeep, a decent sized screen (compared to a netbook), battery life (no need to bring charger) and of course, price. I agree with some of the commens here that a proper Ultrabook such as Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C would probably be more versatile, but it's twice as expensive...
Change the lyrics of this well known song, replacing the word War with Chromebook >

oldielyrics.com/lyr…tml

Just get the Three One Plan and tether it constantly
Pity it's not the 3G version. Might've been interested.
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was thinking of going for the asus transformer prime deal at amazon for £359.99

instead i've purchased a chromebook and a acer aspire a110 (https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-iconia-a110-7-tablet-179-99-30-cashback-ebuyer-1335552) for a total less net outlay!
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amazon.co.uk/gp/…ers - cheapest 3g model - I think £306
SharkSandwich

But that's a bit insane, isn't it? I thought the whole point of the … But that's a bit insane, isn't it? I thought the whole point of the chromebook concept was to run a stripped-down OS, a web browser and nothing else. How can it be that you need 4GB plus dual-core whatnot to have a decent browsing experience?



Running apps in a web browser is less efficient than running local pre-compiled apps, by a long way. It's very easy to use 4GB in a browser session, if you're like me and keep lots of tabs open.
I have one of these and think it's one of the best devices for the price. Write docs on/offline. Email on/offline. Although mine is 3G and is always connected anyway. It's the fact that you just close the lid when you finish using it, then open it up when you need it and it's instantly on. I very rarely need to charge it and it does most things on the web that you can do with any other device. you can even download documents to local storage and open them up from the drive.

The one think I don't like it is that video is a little jerky.

I paid £170 from amazon a while ago and although I don't use it every day it's a very useful bit of kit. Doesn't seem to be anything else out there with a keyboard and it's convenience for the price.

Yes, some of you might not like the brilliance of Google and have conspiracy theories about them storing all your data and one day runining your life but I personally love them and they do make everything I do online so much more efficient and easy.
Competitive price for the hardware, Samsung make good stuff. As for the always online crap - thats just silly.

16GB of HD space is pretty pointless. Grab a 11.6" netbook and put ChromeOS on it instead.
So it's getting slated for people who don't have permanent net connections and students who travel home.

But for everyone else, who happen to appreciate simplicity and speed from an OS (the whole point of these), £199 is a pretty good deal.


rash

Competitive price for the hardware, Samsung make good stuff. As for the … Competitive price for the hardware, Samsung make good stuff. As for the always online crap - thats just silly.16GB of HD space is pretty pointless. Grab a 11.6" netbook and put ChromeOS on it instead.



Quick google search of 11.6" netbooks reveals :
the Acer aspire one for £249 and the Lenovo at £289.

Some could argue the point of spending the extra £49 on a portable USB hard drive
You can install Linux on these if you don't want to be tied to ChromeOS and would prefer to work offline. From the looks of things, the SSD module is replaceable unlike the RAM but once you start adding in the cost of all those little extras than you may as wall buy a cheap notebook.

parabolica

Quick google search of 11.6" netbooks reveals :the Acer aspire one for … Quick google search of 11.6" netbooks reveals :the Acer aspire one for £249 and the Lenovo at £289.Some could argue the point of spending the extra £49 on a portable USB hard drive



If you're buying Chromebook and a USB harddrive for it you've completely missed the point of a Chromebook, it's like buying a horse and putting a car roof rack on it.

If you need a decent amount or storage go for a netbook or a low-end laptop
ajgrahamdotcom

If you're buying Chromebook and a USB harddrive for it you've completely … If you're buying Chromebook and a USB harddrive for it you've completely missed the point of a Chromebook, it's like buying a horse and putting a car roof rack on it.If you need a decent amount or storage go for a netbook or a low-end laptop



Clearly I havn't missed the point, because I was defending the point of these. Theyre for people who want simplicity, no frills and no add ons or high spec.
I wonder why a Chromebook is so expensive to begin with!
New ultrabooks have instant on, long battery, resonably price and can do so much more. and windows 8 is set to make them even better.

Why would you buy this?
smellyonion

New ultrabooks have instant on, long battery, resonably price and can do … New ultrabooks have instant on, long battery, resonably price and can do so much more. and windows 8 is set to make them even better.Why would you buy this?


Because it costs a third of the price?
ragingsilver

I wonder why a Chromebook is so expensive to begin with!


They're not that expensive. Small screens with proper resolutions tend to be premium products, and the Windows OEM Tax is not all that large (thanks to the prospect of competition).
Heads up people, I'm about to blow your mind:

A laptop is a laptop, and the chromebook has the same/similar hardware as/to any other. Thus:

chromiumosforge.com/201…tml
Except our minds were blown 5 hours ago.
This thing is still too expensive
I've been using a Chromebook as my only computer for around 6 months now. It's mostly fine. For me this is what a netbook should be - quick access to the internet, decent keyboard and good battery life. I actually prefer having fewer features, as I don't need storage or standalone apps. Screen size hits the sweet spot as well.

The only time I miss having a computer with a full-blown OS is when it comes to external devices. I've got a TomTom that needs updating, an iPod that needs syncing, an internet radio that needs configuring. But still, I wouldn't change back... unless Windows 8 can give me hassle-free minimalist computing as well as the Chromebook does.

Certainly not for everyone but a great price.
Such an odd move by Google.
Odd? It's their strategy to break the Windoze monopoly on the laptop. Give away the OS for free; make sure they get all your data so they can make money out of you from targeted advertising etc. It's worked quite well against Apple for phones and tablets.
Sold out online so picked one up in store in oxford street yesterday, still priced at 299 on the shop floor, 249 when you get to the till.
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