Samsung XE303C12-H01 Chromebook, Exynos 5250, Wi-Fi/3G, 11.6", Silver £199  @ John Lewis
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Samsung XE303C12-H01 Chromebook, Exynos 5250, Wi-Fi/3G, 11.6", Silver £199 @ John Lewis

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Found 11th Dec 2013
This is the 3G version of the Samsung Chromebook on a very good deal at John Lewis. The offer is £100 off, making it £199 which is actually £30 cheaper than the non 3G (WIFI only) version!
Its also a good deal given that the WIFI only version seems to be out of stock at most retailers so a good buy if you have been looking for one!

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Good price, thanks for sharing cookie2 I've added the price to your title.

been after one of these and very very tempted now

Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm looking into getting rid of my big old computer and replacing it with a laptop..but chromebooks are a bit cheaper..??

I will always buy my electrical goods from John Lewis because their customer service and warranties are second to none. Heat added

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Same price on Amazon linky

Edited by: "garethgolding" 11th Dec 2013

Excellent little machine

dawnyjo

Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm … Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm looking into getting rid of my big old computer and replacing it with a laptop..but chromebooks are a bit cheaper..??


I believe that chromebooks run on the ChromeOS operating system, and you run most software from within the Chrome browser. Basically, you need to be connected to the internet to do anything on it.

dawnyjo

Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm … Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm looking into getting rid of my big old computer and replacing it with a laptop..but chromebooks are a bit cheaper..??



The main difference in usage is that this doesnt run Windows or windows apps, it runs a barebones operating system called ChromeOS which runs web applications.

dawnyjo

Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm … Can someone tell me the difference between a chromebook and a laptop? I'm looking into getting rid of my big old computer and replacing it with a laptop..but chromebooks are a bit cheaper..??



Everything is browser and cloud based.
What I would suggest you do is try using google chrome exclusively for a week or so (so no local applications, microsoft office etc) and see if browser extension can give you what you need. Google docs is a surprisingly powerful tool.
The only draw back is the lack of Silverlight support, which while an outdated and no longer supported technology companies (BT) continue to insist on using instead of HTML5

Price the replacement non-standard screen. Coming in around £150 for the current model. Chuck her in the bin if she breaks outside of the warranty. Have no idea why anyone would buy one of these instead of a laptop.

WillieGophar

I believe that chromebooks run on the ChromeOS operating system, and you … I believe that chromebooks run on the ChromeOS operating system, and you run most software from within the Chrome browser. Basically, you need to be connected to the internet to do anything on it.



You don't need to be connected to run web applications which have been locally stored, i.e. google docs. You will need to connect at some point though, to sync up.

Bought it from amazon for 189.99 a month or so ago.
Please be aware it is nothing like in the picture, where it appears metal, the actual laptop is white plastic, and looks quite cheap, which is to be expected at around 200 quid.

The chrome book is based around Chrome browser, so you can not install any application beside chrome app addons, quite limited at the moment. pretty much only useful for browsing websites, any web application like google word.

On the side note, the laptop boots up really fast, also battery life is nice for going on trips.

Most disappointing fact is the laptop looks fairly cheap, I was hoping for it to be close to the MacBook air quality in looks and thinness like in the picture, but I guess I shouldn't expect much under £200

Wolfey

Most disappointing fact is the laptop looks fairly cheap, I was hoping … Most disappointing fact is the laptop looks fairly cheap, I was hoping for it to be close to the MacBook air quality in looks and thinness like in the picture, but I guess I shouldn't expect much under £200



Whilst you're in Starbucks, you could always glue your bank statement and the £700 saving to the lid?

Wolfey

Bought it from amazon for 189.99 a month or so ago.Please be aware it is … Bought it from amazon for 189.99 a month or so ago.Please be aware it is nothing like in the picture, where it appears metal, the actual laptop is white plastic, and looks quite cheap, which is to be expected at around 200 quid.The chrome book is based around Chrome browser, so you can not install any application beside chrome app addons, quite limited at the moment. pretty much only useful for browsing websites, any web application like google word.On the side note, the laptop boots up really fast, also battery life is nice for going on trips.Most disappointing fact is the laptop looks fairly cheap, I was hoping for it to be close to the MacBook air quality in looks and thinness like in the picture, but I guess I shouldn't expect much under £200



are you sure you got the same one? i have seen these before and they definitely look like the picture!

Thanks

No, no and thrice no. Buy the new Acer C720 for heaven's sake. It's quicker and has a better battery life.

chtyrone2

Price the replacement non-standard screen. Coming in around £150 for the … Price the replacement non-standard screen. Coming in around £150 for the current model. Chuck her in the bin if she breaks outside of the warranty. Have no idea why anyone would buy one of these instead of a laptop.



The vast majority of laptop users only browse the web (with a little word processing thrown in the mix). Chromebooks allow users to tick those boxes at a low price point. On top of this they are often lighter and generally have a good battery life. They are also remarkably 'zippy' due to their lightweight OS and SSD.

They are not perfect and not for everyone but to dismiss them out of hand is unreasonable.

Do you have to actually sign up for a 3g plan (or buy a pre-loaded sim) for this to work?

I too think the same. why do you buy this in place of a laptop with these many restrictions... l will probably suggest buying a cheaper laptop or go for a tablet.

I have the Acer Chromebook. It turns on in about 10 seconds and you're on the web in around 15 secs. They are great for people that basically just use the internet. Tablets are good but I still like the large screen and keyboard. Mine was a bargain at £129 and its the slowest chromebook with 2-3 hours battery. The Samsung ones are much better

I recommend them for parents and grandparents. All the updating is done in the background. No java updates or annoying windows updates and that stuff!

I have the Acer Chromebook. It turns on in about 10 seconds and you're on the web in around 15 secs. They are great for people that basically just use the internet. Tablets are good but I still like the large screen and keyboard. Mine was a bargain at £129 and its the slowest chromebook with 2-3 hours battery. The Samsung ones are much better

I recommend them for parents and grandparents. All the updating is done in the background. No java updates or annoying windows updates and that stuff!

thank you, have ordered !

Seriously, you're fools if you're buying this 12-month-old Samsung model over this: currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

Now showing as OOS online.

chromebooks really are cheap and nastly. They hardly offer any significant advantage over a tablet (apart from keyboard which you can buy an add on) and instead offer significant disadvantages with offline use, gaming, portability, etc. I would suggest a windows RT tablet + keyboard case. Infinitely more use able, even with its x86 incompatibility.

basically its useless buy a normal laptop lol (personal opinion)

nigelbutler

I recommend them for parents and grandparents. All the updating is done … I recommend them for parents and grandparents. All the updating is done in the background. No java updates or annoying windows updates and that stuff!


It doesn't have Java ??? LOL

croz123

It doesn't have Java ??? LOL



Yeah, because Java isn't an antiquated plug-in that doesn't pose a security risk. Oh, hold on.

frakker

Yeah, because Java isn't an antiquated plug-in that doesn't pose a … Yeah, because Java isn't an antiquated plug-in that doesn't pose a security risk. Oh, hold on.


for in experienced users I suppose your right. I just need it for may things (I Program in Java)

This is a very good device.

Cheaper then the iPad mini :O

Out of stock now. Anyone know if they restock pretty quick? I want!

if you are into chocolate teapots go for it

honker

Out of stock now. Anyone know if they restock pretty quick? I want!



Get the Acer C720 I've mentioned twice already in this thread but which everyone seems to be ignoring. It's (slightly) cheaper, newer, faster and has a longer battery life.
Edited by: "frakker" 11th Dec 2013

frakker

Get the Acer C720 I've mentioned twice already in this thread but which … Get the Acer C720 I've mentioned twice already in this thread but which everyone seems to be ignoring. It's (slightly) cheaper, newer, faster and has a longer battery life.



It has a fan though, and the Samsung doesn't. I'm sick to death of clogged up laptop fans! (I have cats and cats like laptops!)

I have the wifi version of the Samsung and it's great. Does everything I need. Battery lasts hours - more than 4 hours of internet browsing and music playing. I can give this one to a family member who wants one to justify my buying the 3G version!
Edited by: "honker" 11th Dec 2013

Get the Acer C720 I've mentioned twice already in this thread but which … Get the Acer C720 I've mentioned twice already in this thread but which everyone seems to be ignoring. It's (slightly) cheaper, newer, faster and has a longer battery life.



aye but this has 3G

OOS boohoo

honker

It has a fan though, and the Samsung doesn't. I'm sick to death of … It has a fan though, and the Samsung doesn't. I'm sick to death of clogged up laptop fans! (I have cats and cats like laptops!)I have the wifi version of the Samsung and it's great. Does everything I need. Battery lasts hours - more than 4 hours of internet browsing and music playing. I can give this one to a family member who wants one to justify my buying the 3G version!



I have both last year's Samsung and the latest Acer Chromebook and you can barely even hear the fan, which only comes on when you're on a CPU-intensive website. The grille for the fan is minute and I doubt it'll clog up like an old PC fan.

The build quality of the Acer is so much better than the Samsung, which creaks more than a pirate ship and feels a bit like a Fisher Price toy.

The performance of the Acer is like night and day in comparison, especially on stuff like Google+ and YouTube.

And it certainly isn't worth getting the Samsung just because it has 3G connectivity. It's a massive chore doing a spreadsheet in Google Docs over mobile internet rather than Wifi!
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