Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 preview

Pure essence. That's the Samsung Chromebook in a nutshell. Chromebooks are made for online use, but they're not netbooks. When they were first introduced a couple of years back, they featured a 12in display, an Intel Atom processor and 16GB of internal storage. It looks like a laptop, but the ChromeOS makes it into a different type of product. Today we're taking a closer look at the XE303C12-A01UK.

ChromeOS is an OS built around Google's Chrome browser. Unlike traditional operating systems, ChromeOS only has one single application: the browser. That doesn't mean you're limited to just browsing the Internet. You can use services like Google Docs which has a word processor, spreadsheets and presentations.

The philosophy is to work as much as possible from the cloud, which is the reason for the limited internal storage in both the original and the second-generation Chromebook. The cloud allows you to access your data from any location and any other computer, not just the Chromebooks. When you use Google's services, you just have to log into your Google account, after which you have access to Google Docs, Gmail and other services. It makes this an interesting product for business users, and especially those that already use Google Apps for Business.

You don't have to install a bunch of stuff before you're able to get started and, should your Chromebook get stolen, at least you don't have to worry about losing your data (except for what stored locally). You can just use another computer or Chromebook to continue where you left off - perhaps resetting your passwords would be a good idea though.

Chromebooks also have a standard guest account, so you don't need a Google account to use it. You can read the rest of Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 preview on Hardware.info.