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Samsung Google Chromebook Launches in the UK

Dubbed the ‘cloud computer’ because all of the programs and files are stored remotely in the cloud, the Samsung Google Chromebook OS Series 5 notebook is now available to buy.

When it was announced in May that it was going to launch, Samsung and Google quickly boasted that the new notebook would ‘revolutionise the PC experience’ for everyone. That day has now come as the Chromebook goes on sale in the UK.

The Samsung Series 5 comes with an Intel N570 1.66Ghz Dual Core processor and has 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage space. It has a battery life of up to 8.5 hours, which includes up to five hours of video play for all day use without the need to recharge. It boots up quickly, too and comes with a HD webcam, too. Read More: The Samsung Google Chromebook OS Series 5 Notebook.

The Chromebook Cloud

The Chromebook doesn’t have an operating system like Windows or Apple’s Mac OS X, instead everything is operated via the Google Chrome web browser. So as you would expect from a Google branded machine, there are plenty of Google plugs includes for their useful services such as Gmail, Search and Google Docs, to name but a few.

While the machine itself looks impressive and is bound to be up there as one of the best notebooks for the foreseeable future, what has excited – and possibly dismayed – many technology enthusiasts has been the fact that the Chrome OS operates entirely from the cloud. Read More: What is the Cloud?

No programs and files are directly stored on the notebook, which makes it very difficult for malicious spyware and viruses to take hold of your device.

But is there a larger security threat posed by the cloud? Just this week online document storage facility Dropbox, which has 25 million users worldwide, suffered a lapse in security which meant anyone could access another user’s Dropbox account simply by entering their email address. Read More: Dropbox Security Breach

The Samsung Google Chromebook OS Series 5 notebook is available now to buy from £349.