Samsung Chromebook 3 Laptop: Pricing, Performance And Specifications

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If you’re like most people, then you probably use mobile devices, like your tablet or your phone, for a lot of your online browsing, shopping, messaging, and more.

However, a mobile device can’t “do it all” the way that a laptop can. And, for that reason, many people also have a laptop to use in addition to their mobile devices.

If you are in the market for a new laptop, then you probably already know that there are tons of different options on the market. In fact, there are so many that it can feel nearly impossible to even know where to start when it comes to selecting one.

One key thing, however, is to look at laptops made from reputable manufacturers, such as Samsung. In fact, right now, Samsung has a really popular laptop out: The Samsung Chromebook 3 .

Many people have greatly enjoyed this laptop, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right choice for you. With that said, though, we hope you’ll read through our Samsung Chromebook 3 review so that you can make that decision for yourself in the most informed way possible.

Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6", 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Chromebook (XE500C13)
  • 11.6 inch ( 1366 x 768), 16:9
  • Intel Celeron Processor N3060, 1.6 GHz to 2.48 GHz
  • 4 GB Memory. Spill Resistant : Yes

The Specifications You Need to Know

Before we dive headfirst into our review of the Samsung Chromebook 3 Laptop, you should know its general specifications. Knowing specifications can give you a good idea of the overall speed of a laptop, its general performance, and whether or not it is right for you.

With that said, here are the specifications to be aware of:

General

  • Operating System: Google Chrome
  • Features two USB ports
  • 11.6 display size
  • Comes complete with a 3.9 by 2.2 inch touchpad

Processor / Chipset

Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor

RAM

4GB ddr3

Storage

32GB eMMC hard drive

Display

  • Intel HD Graphics 400 graphics card
  • highest available resolution is 1366 by 768


Now that you know the specifications or the “specs” of this laptop, we’re ready to get into the details of how it performs and what we thought about it overall.

Very Affordable Pricing For Almost Any Budget

One of the first things that most people want to know about a laptop is how much it costs.

Obviously, the price is going to vary somewhat based on where you buy this laptop. However, on average, we found that it goes for a retail price of below two hundred dollars. That is a super affordable price for a laptop from a quality brand. So, if you are looking to save money, this would be an excellent choice.

To ensure you get the best possible price, whether it’s this price or even lower, make sure you do some comparison shopping. Instead of just purchasing your laptop from the first place you go to or find it, look into different options to find the best deal. Keep in mind too, that laptops do frequently go on sale, so, if you are patient and time things right, you could end up getting even more of a deal.

The Storage Space Is Somewhat Limited 

While the Samsung Chromebook 3 a great laptop in many aspects, it is not perfect. One of its downfalls is the fact that, as you can tell from the above specifications, it does not have a ton of storage space.

Thus, if you are the type of person who likes to download large music files, movie files, or general media files, it probably will not be the best fit for you.

Like with a tablet, you do have to be pretty consciously conscious of how much storage space you are using. It fills up fast. If you are not someone who tends to save a lot of larger files to your laptop, however, this should not be a major concern if it even bothers you at all.

You Will Enjoy Super Long Battery Life 

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If you are someone who is regularly “on the go,” then you probably know how important it is to have a laptop with a battery that can match your busy lifestyle.

There is nothing worse than needing to use your computer but having a dead battery. In that situation, you are forced to find somewhere to charge your computer, which is not always convenient.

Fortunately, this laptop is perfect for the person on the go. In fact, it boasts an almost ten hour battery life. Thus, if you charge your laptop overnight, you can use it easily throughout most of the day.

We also found that, unlike many other laptops, the battery life doesn’t quickly fade. You should be able to use those standard ten hours of battery life for quite a long time. So, if you want a laptop that is truly portable and that doesn’t have to constantly be plugged in, this one is a great option.

Typically, when you find a laptop at this price, it is not going to be the most well-made or long-lasting. Fortunately, however, that is not the case with this surprising offering from Samsung.

While we do not love that the outer casing is plastic, we have to say it is very strong, durable, heavy-duty plastic that is made to last. Plus, it looks pretty great too.

It features a metallic color scheme that makes it look more upscale than it is, so you can easily fool your friends into thinking that you have the sleekest new laptop on the market.

So, not only does this laptop look great, but it’s well-made, especially considering the low price.

Enjoy a Lightweight, Easily Portable Laptop

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The Samsung Chromebook 3 is definitely a “get up and go” type of computer. It is very small, compact, and lightweight, meaning that you can easily carry it anywhere. We also mentioned the long battery life, another feature that will really come in handy for the regular traveler.

Because everything about this laptop is a bit smaller than what you’ll find on most models, it can take some getting used to. The smaller keyboard, for example, can be a bit of a pain at first. However, these are the kinds of things most people get used to pretty quickly. And, once you do, you can simply sit back and enjoy the easy portability of this lightweight laptop.

Tilt the Screen to Your Liking 

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One complaint that many people have with laptops, especially small ones like these, is that they cannot tilt the screen or can’t tilt it to their liking.

However, that is not the case with this offering from Samsung. Despite the small size of this laptop, you can tilt the screen a full 180 degrees. We’d love it if the keyboard also had some flex, but, unfortunately, that’s not the case.

However, given the price and size of this laptop, the ability to tilt the screen is a nice little extra, one you won’t find with most other computers in the same price range.

Make Your Life Easier with a Keyboard Designed for Convenience 

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If you’re the type of person who likes to get things done as quickly and as easily as possible, you will really appreciate the convenience built right into this keyboard.

The Samsung Chromebook 3 has a keyboard that features a variety of keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts can be found right along the top of the keyboard and allow you to accomplish several different tasks with just the push of a button. You can also utilize different keyboard combinations to access hotkey menus for even more convenience.

Enjoy Plenty of Features on the Sides

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If you’ve ever used a laptop before, then you probably already know that many of the features and ports you need are located on the sides of the laptop. This laptop is no different, and it certainly makes great use of its sides.

You’ll enjoy a battery indicator on the left-hand side. This is also where you’ll find an AC jack, a USB port, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI port. On the right, there’s another USB port and an audio jack too.

This laptop might be small, but, as you can tell from these side features, it can do just about anything that a much larger computer can do.

Browse the Internet at Lightning Speed

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Perhaps one of the best things about this little laptop is how speedy it is, especially when it comes to browsing the internet.

Unlike most other laptops, it doesn’t come preloaded with a lot of other apps and features that you’ll never use. Instead, it really just has the basics. That fact means that this computer can browse the internet at lightning fast speeds.

So, if fast browsing is important to you, you should be more than satisfied with this offering from Samsung.

Enjoy the Dazzling Quality of the Display 

Chromebook Display

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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t expect much from your laptop display. After all, laptops are just kind of known for getting the job done but not really being very spectacular about it.

If you’re not expecting much, though, you will be very pleasantly surprised with the Samsung Chromebook. It has an incredibly bright, powerful display that delivers crystal clear picture quality. It also makes great use of color, and you can even clearly see the colors from all sides.

If you want a laptop screen that delivers non-laptop like quality, you will absolutely love this Samsung product.

Benefit From Fast Booting Every Time 

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Something else to appreciate about this computer is how quickly it boots up. Yes, that’s a small thing, but it’s something that you will really appreciate later down the road.

We’ve all been there- just needing to do something quick on our computers, only to have them take forever to turn on and be ready to go. That is never a concern with this Chromebook.

Instead, it will spring to life from the moment you press the power button. And, unlike so many other laptops, it doesn’t gradually get slower and slower at booting up either. Instead, you should enjoy fast booting each and every time you use this laptop.

You Can Buy It Used If You Prefer 

Many laptops get refurbished and then resold after being owned by one or more previous owners. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, with refurbished models, you get a computer that still has problems and that just doesn’t have a lot of life left in it.

However, that is not the case with the Samsung. This laptop is so well made and so powerful that it should last for many years, even through multiple owners and refurbishing.

So, while we think the new price is pretty cheap, if you’re looking to save even more money, you could easily buy this one used. More than likely, you would not end up running into problems if you do, which is not the case for many other laptops purchased used.

Enjoy Decent Sound Quality 

Finally, when it comes to sound, this Samsung laptop is okay. No, it’s not the greatest sound you’ll find anywhere, but it does the trick. Plus, when everything else is already so great, most people can deal with lesser sound quality than they might like.

The Samsung Chromebook 3 features bottom speakers. They are not sound-enhanced, but they do produce loud enough sound that you should be able to watch a movie without straining.

All in all, we think this laptop is a pretty good choice. No, it’s not perfect, but the price is, and there are plenty of things to love about this handy computer.

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