Samsung Chromebook review: Google's new $249 computer

We test the new cloud-centric laptop to find out what it's actually like to use -- and whether it's worth the cost.

By , Computerworld |  Hardware, Google, Samsung Chromebook

But its limited resources put a firm ceiling on its usefulness. If you're a power user who keeps numerous tabs and windows open or multitasks heavily throughout the day, you'd be better off investing in the higher-end Samsung Chromebook 550, which is more suited to handle that level of usage.

With this new Samsung Chromebook, though, Google has finally achieved a compelling and complete lineup of Chrome OS choices. At a starting price point of $249, it's a fantastic value -- especially when you consider the included two years of expanded Google Drive storage, worth $120 by itself. I suspect this new addition will help Google amass a far larger base of Chrome OS users than it's ever seen before.

JR Raphael is a Computerworld contributing editor and the author of the Android Power blog. For more Google-related tips and insights, follow him on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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