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New Samsung Chromebooks

I was lucky enough to get to use the new Samsung Chromebooks today - well sort of. The larger device was locked in engineering mode - so I could not do much with it. However, had a good play with the smaller of the two.

The 11" Chromebook is dark grey and feels quite sturdy - quite a lot more solid than the silver Series 3's we have. Keyboard is nice to use and the track pad feels responsive. There are a couple of USB ports, HDMI out and a microSD card slot. Both machines have Samsung's oct-core chip - 4 low power cores and 4 high power cores.

The screen is better than the Series 3 and similar to the Acer C720. Its a lot faster than the Series 3's and similar in speed to the Acer C720. Scrolling in G+ was smooth and 3D buildings in Google Earth worked well. Some picts below:

The larger 13" Chromebook was a lighter grey, comes with 4Gb RAM (the other has 2) and a full 1080p screen. If feels noticeably heavier and feels quite a bit heavier. As is was in engineering mode there was not much we could do with it, but here are a few pictures:

Only had them for a little while, but they look promising for school use.

Thanks go to Ian Nairn of C-Learning for letting us take a look.


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