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Hands On With Google’s New Chromebook


You won’t be seeing Google’s recently announced web-only Chromebook laptops until Samsung and Acer release versions this June. But lucky for us, we got to spend some time with some time with an early model of Samsung’s offering, the Series 5.

Frankly, we’re stoked on this thing.

As soon as we got our hands on it, we immediately felt the quality that went into making the device. With solid construction and a sturdy build, the Series 5 isn’t janky like most netbooks in the $400 price range.

At 3.3 pounds, it’s not terribly heavy — lighter than the MacBook Pro I’m currently using by under more than a pound — and it seems like I wouldn’t mind schlepping it around San Francisco during my workday. The Series 5 is also fairly thin when closed — 0.79 inches thin, to be exact. Obviously not MacBook Air-levels of thinness, but it also doesn’t cost a grand.

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