Google Chromebook Comparison:
Acer vs Samsung

Google Chromebook Comparison: <br />Acer vs Samsung

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Microsoft and Apple, watch out. Google is taking direct aim at you with their Chromebooks—laptops than run the Google-controlled Chrome operating system.

Unlike computers that operate Microsoft Windows or the Mac OS or even Linux, Chromebooks are not designed to run a lot of software stored locally on a hard drive. Instead, Chromebooks link up to Google’s (and other’s) online services. The applications Chromebooks run, the data they produce and the files they use, it is all stored on internet servers collectively known as “the cloud.”

Chromebooks’ approach is a semi-radical move away from hard drive-based personal computers. Naturally, it comes with pros and cons:

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samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung

The Disadvantages of Chromebooks

The biggest and most obvious issue with the Chromebook: If you can’t get online, it’s virtually useless. This is problematic, to say the least, if you travel to far flung locales or work in places with limited ‘net access. For some tasks, like watching streaming videos, you don’t only need an internet connection but one that’s of a certain quality and speed.

Also worrisome: The selection of Chromebook software is limited. Google has been doing—and surely will continue to do—an admirable job creating free or low cost apps. Google Docs, Chrome’s equivalent to Microsoft Word, is excellent. The Chrome Web Store has all sorts of programs from games, to accounting or photo management. But it is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the software choices available for Apple and, especially, Windows. Twitter management software such as TweetAdder, powerful graphic design software like Photoshop, complex multi-player games such as The Sims—none of those will be available for the Chrome OS anytime soon.

Certain functions are also simply slower when they are performed online compared with doing them locally on your computer. To get as sense of this, try doing a name search of all your emails on Gmail and then try the same in Outlook.

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samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung

The Advantages of Chromebooks

With a Chromebook, all your files, mp3s and software apps are on the cloud (that is, stored on remote servers and accessed over the internet). This means that you don’t have to worry about backing up your Chromebook hard drive. Nor do you have to go through the process of installing, uninstalling or updating software. On Chromebooks computer visuses virtually become a non-issue (for you, not so much for the techs running your cloud services). Further, Chromebook’s cloud orientation means you have access to virtually unlimited storage space for your files.

Chromebooks are also perfect for multiple users. Because the software and other data is all online, one person signing into a Chromebook could have computer experience with look and with access to one set of files and programs; another user could then have a totally different look and file access on the same Chromebook laptop. (Indeed, once you are set up on a Chromebook you could log onto your friend’s Chromebook and the user experience and software functionality would be exactly like your own).

All of the Chromebooks have flash (SSD) drives. Between the light Chrome OS and the fast drives, this means that Chromebooks boot up very quickly, typically in 8 to 10 seconds.

We’d point out too the the trend of technology is in the Chromebook’s favor. Increasingly, music is being stored and played over cloud services, such as Google’s and Amazon’s. Amazon also has a movie streaming service (that’s free to all Prime users) as does Netflix. And the Chrome OS will support popular services like Pandora music and Skype video and phone calling.

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Security

One common question: Are Chromebooks more or less secure than laptops that do their computing on a local hard drive? Yes. And no.

As explained under Advantages (above), Chromebooks aren’t subject to the virusus that the Apple and, especially, Microsoft operating system are. Also, if some one steals your Chromebook they won’t have access to any of your personal data; that’s because your personal data is all online and not on the Chromebook hard drive.

The problem with all your personal data being online is that, well, all your personal data is online. Google claims to have taken herculean steps to protect your information. But no security is foolproof.

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samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung

Acer vs Samsung Chromebook Comparison

Two manufacturers have announced that they’ll be making Chromebooks: Acer and Samsung. Both manufacturers will ship Chromebooks to consumers on 15 June 2011. Both offer the same processors and many of the same features. In the United States both will be sold through Best Buy and Amazon, with the latter of the two likely being slightly less expensive.

A look at the similarities and differences:

Chromebook Feature: Acer Chromebook Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
  Est. Amazon Price (US$)   $350   $430
  Est. battery life   6 hours   8.5 hours
  Processor   1.66GHz Intel Atom Dual Core   1.66GHz Intel Atom Dual Core
  Display size / resolution   11.6 inch / 1366×768 pix   12.1 inch / 1280×800 pix
  Display type   CineCrystal LED-Backlit LCD   300 nit
  Weight   2.95 lbs / 1.34 kg   3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
  HD Webcam   1.3 MP w/ noise cancelling microphone   1 MP w/ noise cancelling microphone
  Storage   16 GB SSD   16 GB SSD
  Full size keyboard?   Yes   Yes
  3G model available   Yes   Yes
  Looks (our opinion)   Average   Great
samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung


samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung
samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung
samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung

Our verdict

samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung samsung 2 laptop acer 2  Google Chromebook Comparison: <br>Acer vs Samsung For people who spend most of their computer time online, the Chromebook is brilliant. Surfing the web, sending photos, playing music, getting and sending emails, updating blogs, playing Angry Birds—the Chromebook is supremely well suited for all these tasks.

Yet, with all the disadvantages to the Chromebooks we listed, there’s a large segment of computer users who would be frustrated with a Chromebook as their primary computer. (Anyone who does graphic design work, for example). Yet even these people may want to consider a Chromebook for a secondary, inexpensive and lightweight travel-around-town netbook. The super low cost of software together with the ease of accessing your Chromebook files from any internet-connect PC or Mac machine make a Chromebook a near-perfect second computer.

Acer or Samsung?

For those in the market for a Chromebook:

If getting the smallest and/cheapest option is of paramount importance to you then, obviously, you should go with Acer.

Otherwise, Spot Cool Stuff suggests the Samsung Chromebook. We think the extra 2.5 hours of battery life is, in itself, worth the extra $80. Then add to that the Samsung’s superior looks and larger screen size and you have a computer well worth the money.

In the end, though, both Chromebook brands are so similar in terms of speed and functionality that you can’t go wrong with either.

published: 13 May 2011
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Responses

  1. Geoff A says:

    July 26th, 2011at 6:37 pm(#)

    Now two weeks into my ACER Chromebook. It has exceeded my expectations in every way. Once you figure where the delete key lives :) .
    I streamed a movie to my 46″ HiDef TV using the Chromebook HDMI port. Extremely impressive. Worked every bit as well as my Windows 7 desktop.
    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the lack of HDMI excluded the Samsung for me.
    G-Mail, Google Docs and Picassa on the cloud are functioning perfectly.
    I changed to this from a late model Dell Laptop that my Daughter had need of. So far, zero regrets.

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  2. Ben says:

    July 25th, 2011at 6:14 pm(#)

    @Geoff – Yes, no HDMI i nthe Samsung… deal breaker for sure.

    Curious… do they have an input for a hardline internet connection?

    How much work can you really do without the internet anyway? I have internet everywhere I go and if I don’t I assume I’m not getting anything done anyway.

    Prices will come down, bugs will be fixed, in a year these will be an obvious buy.

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  3. Geoff A says:

    July 9th, 2011at 7:06 pm(#)

    Acer has HDMI and Samsung does not?

    That’s a dealbreaker to me.

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  4. Shawn says:

    June 15th, 2011at 10:37 am(#)

    I tried the online search test using my gmail account and my desktop outlook. Both have the same email in them. The gmail search took around 2 seconds. The outlook search took 39 seconds. How is it that the online searching works much faster than the desktop. I have a new very expensive desktop computer. I assume that this Chromebook will get similar results in the gmail online search that my desktop got.

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  5. Ian says:

    May 24th, 2011at 3:26 pm(#)

    Depending on your Outlook setup, searches may be faster or slower than Gmail. With a large Exchange mailbox accessed through Outlook I had through a past company, search was useless as it wouldn’t return any decent results for several minutes! Same size mail box on Gmail, and a search completes within a few seconds.

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  6. Mia says:

    May 17th, 2011at 3:05 am(#)

    I think that we aren’t ready for chromebooks; we need our laptops to be able to work perfectly even without Internet access. So, for the time being I’ll personally won’t buy a chromebook.

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  7. Genghis says:

    May 13th, 2011at 7:44 pm(#)

    Just a minor thought, who owns the documents, etc. that you create on-line and can you be guaranteed exclusive and ongoing access to them?

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