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Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only)

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Product Highlights
  • 2.0 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800
  • 4GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 16GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • Integrated ARM Graphics
  • 13.3" Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • microSD Card Reader
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-In Webcam, Mic, & Speakers
  • Chrome OS

The luminous titan XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer from Samsung is designed for a Web-optimized experience. With a simpler and more secure user interface than regular notebook computers, this Samsung Chromebook 2 features a fast and easy online experience.

The 13.3" widescreen display is backlit with LED lights for low power consumption and high energy efficiency. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution, which can play Full HD 1080p content without upscaling or letterboxing. The screen also has an anti-glare finish so it can be used in brightly-lit environments. The Chromebook 2 can also output video to an external display via the HDMI port.

Measuring just 0.65" thin and weighing in at 3.09 pounds, the compact design provides ultra portability without compromising functionality and optimal performance. It has a unique leather-like design for an added stylish finish. It can also boot up in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly so you can load your favorite websites and social networks quickly and smoothly.

The system is powered by a 2.0 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800 processor. It also has 4GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB of eMMC flash storage, a microSD card reader, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (ac will be supported via a later software update), Bluetooth 4.0, a TPM security module, a security lock slot, an integrated webcam, and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers.

Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. The Samsung Chromebook 2 combines the aspects of a pure cloud client with the hardware of a traditional portable computer, which puts it in its very own class of netbook and notebook computers.

Chrome OS
Using Linux as a base, Google designed Chrome OS to work exclusively with web applications. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, which greatly resembles the Google Chrome web browser. Chrome OS was built for people who spend a majority, if not all, of their time on the computer connected to the Internet. The only application that comes installed on Chrome OS is a special Google Chrome web browser with an integrated media player and file manager. All other applications are accessed by adding apps from the Google Chrome Web Store. Since Chrome OS relies entirely on Google's web apps and access to Google's services, it is highly recommended that you connect to the Internet to optimize your Chrome OS experience.
Eight-Core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Performance
Powered by an eight-core 2.0 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800 ARM-based processor, the Chromebook 2 allows for multitasking, while the integrated ARM graphics helps you get the most out of your favorite games and videos. You'll be able to keep pace with daily tasks such as email, Internet, homework, and managing household budgets. Run your favorite office and educational software and stay in touch with friends through social networks.
13.3" Antiglare LED-Backlit Display
The Chromebook 2 houses a 13.3" widescreen display, which is backlit with LED lights for low power consumption and high energy efficiency. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution. The resolution allows the Chromebook 2 to play back Full HD 1080p content without upscaling or letterboxing. The screen also has an antiglare finish and a 250-nit brightness, which allows you to use the Chromebook 2 in brightly-lit environments.
802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
The Chromebook 2 supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which provides a high-speed connection to your home or office wireless network. Building on the foundation of 802.11n Wi-Fi, the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard can provide higher data transfer speeds, greater coverage, and reduced latency than its predecessor. The Chromebook 2 is backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as well. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 technology for connecting to Bluetooth-compatible devices, such as a wireless mouse.

Please note that 802.11ac Wi-Fi will be supported in a future software update.
Automatic Updates
The Chromebook 2 is fast to use and doesn't slow down over time. It comes with built-in virus protection so you don't need to buy or install antivirus software. The Chromebook 2 also comes with apps for all your everyday needs and keeps your files safely backed up in the cloud. Please note that an Internet connection is required to get automatic updates.
USB 3.0
USB 3.0 can provide data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well so you can use your older USB-compatible devices.
Compact Design
Measuring 0.65" thin and weighing just 3.09 pounds, the Chromebook 2 features a unique leather-like finish and sports a luminous titan color in a compact and stylish design.
Fast Boot Up and Resume Times
The Chromebook 2 boots up quickly as well as resumes instantly from where you left off, thanks to its 16GB eMMC flash storage.
Performance
Processor 2.0GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800 Eight-Core
Cache L2: 2MB
Memory Type: DDR3L SDRAM
Installed: 4GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: ARM Graphics Shared
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 13.3"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Antiglare
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brightness 250cd/m2
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 16GB 
Type: eMMC
Optical Drive None
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1x USB 3.0 (A)
1x USB 2.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Dual Array Microphones
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Flash Media Slot 1x Micro SD
Communications
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam Yes
720p Video
General
Operating System Chrome OS 
Security Infineon TPM Software Professional Package, Kensington Lock Slot
Keyboard Keys: 74
Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery 2-Cell Providing up to 8.5 Hours per Charge (35Wh)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 12.7 x 0.6 x 8.8" / 32.3 x 1.5 x 22.4 cm
Weight 3.09 lb / 1.40 kg
Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SamsungXE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only)
     
    4.5

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    • Easy to use (4)
    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Fast (3)

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        4.0

        Good, but screen could be better

        By John Fogs

        from New York, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only):

        Light, good battery life, looks fine (the faux leather is a bit strange, but it looks fairly good), the quality seems good. The resolution is nice and the screen seems better than many other chromebooks, but it could be better. I'd prefer if they charged a little more for a better screen.

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        5.0

        My first Chromebook

        By Dan

        from Moncton, NB, Canada

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast

        Cons

        • Lacks Power

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          Comments about Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only):

          I currently own 2 Nexus phones, 2 Nexus tablets, a Google Chromecast, and have everything on Google Drive. Yes, it is safe to say that I am embracing the Google ecosystem, so purchasing a Chromebook should of been a easy choice for me but it was not. In fact, until I read the specs and reviews on the Samsung Chromebook 2 I have found most other Chromebooks lacking in build quality and/or screen size. For me personally a 11" screen is a little small and keyboard a little cramped. So when Samsung came out with a good build quality and decent screen of 13"s I became interested. I hear a lot of complaints about the screen viewing angles, and yes they are not the best, but it is not a problem for me, especially if improving this means paying more. The key board is solid and a joy. The track pad works great and adds to my productivity with the device. I also hear a lot of complaints about the processor not having as good Octane scores as last years Intel Haswell processors. This maybe true but Haswell requires a fan to operate, and having a fanless construction is important to me. Heat is an electronic component killer and not to mention a battery drainer. It should also be noted the new Intel Bay Trail processors coming out compare similarly with the Samsung Exynos, and I am not suffering any performance issues in real life.If you are not a heavy gamer or (really) require PhotoShop, then I a have no problem recommending the Samsung Chromebook 2 13".Kudos to B&H for shipping me this in only 3 days to Canada. Especially since it can not be purchase yet in Canada. Unless, of course you are willing to pay $ at@ca for this $ Chromebook.

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          5.0

          Samsung Chromebook 2

          By kmv

          from Colorado

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast

          Cons

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            • Enhance Experience
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            Comments about Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only):

            Very nice computer! Fast and easy setup!

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            4.0

            Recommended

            By Rob Phord

            from Toronto, ON, Canada

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                  Comments about Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only):

                  Recommended, with the following warnings:

                  -Display is not IPS therefore viewing angles are poor. This is especially evident when watching movies with a wide colour range. It is not a problem with productivity apps that usually have a white background.

                  -Video editing apps for ChromeOS still need a lot of work before they are viable. I do not recommend this machine for video editing. Photo editing is OK though.

                  -Haven't figured out how to open text files with unusual names like .htaccess
                  ChromeOS refuses to allow the file to be opened with any of the text editors that I tried to install from the Chrome store. If anyone has any suggestions please reply.

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                  5.0

                  The end of the laptop?

                  By nookane

                  from Somewhere in Maine

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Microsd Is Expensive
                  • Microsd More Expensive

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                    Comments about Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only):

                    I use my Chromebook for portability around the household and travel. It's not much heavier than my tablet and a whole lot more useful having a keyboard and long battery life. There is a little of a learning curve but, hey, you figured out it's predecessor OK, didn't you? It does have some limitations when not "net connected" but nothing insurmountable. I've used another Chromebook on an international flight it did what I needed. Now that Google has decided to allow "off-net" video playback you will be better able to take advantage of it"s large, bright screen. Speakers are loud and clear, especially when you consider they are hidden under the keyboard. Just a bonus...no Chromebook viruses!

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                    4.0

                    Best Chromebook

                    By Balls O'Steele

                    from Toronto, ON, Canada

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                    • Easy To Use

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                        Comments about Samsung XE503C32-K01US 13.3" Chromebook 2 Computer (Luminous Titan, Wi-Fi Only):

                        As of June 10, 2014, B&H was the only seller of the 13.3" Chromebook 2 that was willing to ship to Canada. Toda, B&H!

                        Arrived in 3 days via Purolator ground.

                        Excellent value for a 1080p screen.

                        Runs completely silently (no fan, no spinning hard drive). Does not heat up.

                        Chrome OS still needs refinement before it matches the power of Windows 8. File management can be awkward. Sufficient for most people, unless you do professional video editing.

                        Text appears very small on a 1080p screen. Solution is to increase the browser zoom level. Unfortunately this only increases the browser text, but not the tab text, system tray text, or login box text. Would like to be able to increase the size of this text as well.

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