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Chromebook Series 5 550 – will it be a success?

In tech world that is becoming more and more mobile with every passing day, you might argue that the traditional laptop is on the way out.

But with the likes of ultrabooks and notebooks, the laptop has managed to adapt to the ever-changing world of technology.

With the Chromebook, from tech giant Google, laptops are accelerating into the future. Of course, Google is all about the online. And it wants everyone else to be too.

The search engine powerhouse has unveiled its latest Chromebook incarnation – the Chromebook Series 5 550.

A very impressive follow-up to last year’s Chromebook Series 5, the 550 could finally be the device to turn us all over to the cloud. So what do you need to know about the latest Chromebook?

Chromebook Series 5 550 – the finished product?

Last year’s Series 5 was an incredibly exciting device, giving us a glimpse of what every computer might be like in the future. But it was just the beginning, and left many users feeling like they didn’t have the finished product.

The 550 improves on its predecessor in several departments, and Google will be hoping the changes will see users switch to the Chrome OS in the same way as the Chrome browser.

Chromebook Series 5 550 specs

Manufactured by Samsung, the 550 sports similar hardware to its predecessor. It comes with a 12.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display, as well as two USB ports.

There’s also the same incredibly low storage space, at 16GB. But the point of the Chromebook is to use the cloud, so it’s never going to come with lots of physical storage.

Improvements on last year’s device include a doubling of the memory, up to 4GB, and a processor upgrad to a dual-core chip running at 1.3GHz.

Chromebook Series 5 550 – verdict

The updated Chromebook is a step in the right direction for both Google and Samsung, but the central concept of a cloud-based computer may still be a little too ahead of its time.

The world of technology is certainly moving into the cloud. But until it becomes more widespread, the Chromebook will struggle to appeal.


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