Samsung XE303C12-A01 Chromebook, Exynos 5250, 11.6", Silver

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The Samsung Chromebook is a web-only device offering you near instant access to great online content at the press of a button. You’ll experience a faster, simpler and safer web experience than everyday laptops. It also features a huge battery life, cloud storage and a sleek, slender chassis.

Key benefits:

  • Your Chromebook will boot-up in seconds and resume instantly, with your favourite websites loading quickly and running smoothly. It even gives full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. In fact, Chromebooks get faster over time as updates are released.
  • As your Chromebook boots up, it’ll quickly connect to your chosen wireless network so that you're on the web right from the start.
  • 8 hours battery life will ensure you’ll spend less time tied to your power socket, and more time enjoying surfing the web in comfort.
  • Your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So even if you lose your computer, you can just log in to another Chromebook and get right back to work.
  • A 1.7GHz Exynos 5250 processor will ensure that you’ll be able to surf your websites without lag.
  • A bright 720p screen will highlight the finest of details when catching up with on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer or catching up with your friends photos on Facebook.
  • Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you're not connected.
  • You can easily share your Chromebook with family and friends too, individually being able to log in and experience all of their own Chrome settings, apps, and extensions, or use Guest Mode to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.
  • Your Chromebook gets better and better over time, unlike a traditional PC. When you turn it on, it updates itself automatically. This’ll mean all of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. No more annoying update prompts included!
  • Chromebooks run an operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. They employ the principle of ‘defence in depth’ to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot.
Battery life Information How long the battery lasts for (and if applicable) until it needs recharging
Up to 10 hours
Bluetooth Enabled Information Wireless way of transferring data between electronic devices over short distances
CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Information Whether this machine can play/burn Blu-ray discs, DVDs or CDs.
Computer Support Helpline Information We offer access to a 90 day helpline when you buy a new laptop or desktop computer from John Lewis. The service is available for a period of 90 days from the date you make your purchase.
Free 90 day computer support
H17.5 x W289.6 x D208.5mm
Ethernet Port Information Allows a connection to a router via a cable (available separately).
Graphics card Information Generate the images you see on your computer screen
Graphics card type Information A dedicated graphics card enables you to run advanced programmes such as games or design packages more smoothly. Computers without graphics cards run these programmes through their processors.
Hard drive Information Stores files and programmes. A portion of this will already be consumer by pre-installed data. A solid state drive has fewer moving parts so allows for a quicker start up as well as providing more security if your computer is dropped.
Headphone socket
Memory (RAM) Information Random Access Memory (RAM) allows your computer to multitask.
Memory Card Slot Information A memory card slot allows you to transfer photos and files directly from a memory card.
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Operating system Information Determines the interface you see on screen and the types of programmes you can run.
Google Chrome OS
Ports Information Ports used to connect other devices, for example USB to connect peripherals or HDMI to connect to a high definition display.
1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
Processor Information The processor (also called CPU) is the "brain" of your computer and enables programmes to run.
Samsung Dual-core Exynos 5250
Processor speed Information Determines how quickly programmes run. Processors with 'Turbo Boost' can enhance their performance to deal with more demanding tasks.
Screen finish Information A matte screen is easier to view in bright light. Gloss screens can provide more vivid colours.
Screen Resolution Information Picture quality defined by the number of individual dots (pixels) used to create an image. The higher the number of pixels, the higher the image quality.
1366 x 768 pixels
Screen size Information Measured diagonally.
Screen Type
LED-backlit display
Touch Screen
Voice Recognition
Webcam (front-facing) Information Used for making video calls
0.3 megapixel webcam
Webcam (rear-facing) Information A camera on the back of the device, typically used for taking photos and videos.
Wireless Display Information Wireless Display technology can be used to present your device's display on a compatible TV or display without using wires.
Wireless networking
Wi-Fi- 802.11b/g/n


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Samsung XE303C12-A01 Chromebook, Exynos 5250, 11.6", Silver 4.5 5 23 23
samsung chromebook Ihad a little notepad that gave up the ghost, and only then did i realise how much i relied on it so i bought this as a replacement. i use it for general surfing, and streaming, for which it is awesome. still getting used to the non microsoft operating system, the ssd make this machine very quick to boot up, and be ready to go. its a tidy little machine, looks good, i get about 6 hours from a charge, but i am a fidget when surfing and i suspect streaming takes up a bit of battery so lighter use/surfing would probably get more time from battery. all in all happy with this, and as usual john lewis service was second to none..... 03 June 2014
I love it! So easy to set up, does everything that I wanted and in super fast time, no additional extras required.. Brilliant! 27 November 2013
great but not perfect If you use Google products like gmail, drive etc then its great. There are many reviews about hard drive, working offline etc so you know what your getting. Think of it as a cheap ipad with a keyboard and full websites rather than apps (apps on chrome are just bookmarks really). However, the biggest issue are the websites themselves. Many desktop versions of websites are designed to be used on huge displays and so on an 12" Chromebook, Facebook is awful compared to say ipad app or full size laptop. Sure a macbook is quite a bit better, but is it £800 better if you spend 99% of your time on twitter? PS windows web apps much better than google equivalents at handling microsoft files. Its free and you get 7GB free storage. 14 November 2013
Brilliant I have an almost 2 year old HP Laptop which has slowed down so much that it often freezes. I bought the Chromebook because it it is so fast . The battery life is really good and I can carry the "book" around with me without fear of draining the battery. That brings me to the weight; it is so light that I can pick it up with one hand and I'm a 66 year old pensioner! I can't really think of anything detrimental to say about this item as it suits my needs perfectly. 23 October 2013
So far so good, Impressed Excellent compact laptop replacement. Extremely portable and more use than a tablet because it stands up on it's own and has a proper keyboard. This could be all you need, everything is stored in the cloud. Fast service from JL as usual. Everything as expected, Easy setup, works straight out the box, no degree in IT required! - tip for the next generation, include a touchscreen and it will be perfect. 19 October 2013
Unbeatable value, very useful but still developing Really appreciated the quick start-up and virus free operation. It's Mac-Air like for a fraction of the cost with good wide screen, light weight, good battery life and quick to recharge. I received 100Gb of Google Drive cloud storage but I'm not sure how long this offer is available for. It's certainly worth grabbing. It coped with the flash on my bank's online website and therefore allowed me to perform FX deals. However, you need to be sure of a good wifi connection when doing online transactions, otherwise you might be left hanging and unsure whether the transaction has succeeded. The Chrome OS has it's own range of apps and these are not as numerous as Android apps. I particularly make great use of the Logmein app which gives me good access to my work PC. You can create Word style and Excel documents but do not think you can send a Gdoc to someone with a Microsoft PC as these are difficult to open. I am getting used to using and storing my important documents on Google Drive and now see the benefits of having these documents available to me on my various mobiles and tablet computers. A great laptop for browsing the internet, collecting and sending emails but not quite yet the business tool. However, you cannot query the unbeatable value. It will continue to evolve and improve. 07 October 2013
Fantastic Just bought this for my 11 year old son. It's lightweight and looks sleek and modern. With the Chrome OS, it's just a perfect machine. Anyone who buys one thinking they are getting a Windows laptop need to do their homework and go and buy a laptop. 06 July 2013
why can I not access skype? Great JL write-ups persuaded me to invest in this model, and all went well initially - until I tried to access my Skype account - then zilch! Can anyone explain how, if at all, I can solve this? Otherwise it has to go back as the spec makes no mention of this limitation! 02 July 2013
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