In Pictures: Google Chromebook Buyer's Guide

Chromebooks are Web-centric alternatives to laptops that, while not for everyone, are coming into their own. To help you decide if one is right for you, CIO.com answers common Chromebooks questions and takes a look at the current lineup.

Samsung Chromebook Samsung's Chromebook Series 3 came out in late 2012. Two versions are available: a Wi-Fi-only model ($249) and one that adds 3G connectivity ($329). Samsung's Chromebook gets up to seven hours of battery life; has a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 display; weighs 2.42 pounds; and includes an HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. It's compatible with Bluetooth 3.0, not the newer, low-power 4.0.

PCWorld gave Samsung's Chromebook 3.5 stars (out of 5). Benchmarks compared it favorably to tablets such as the Google Nexus 10 (which, like Samsung's Chromebook, uses a dual-core ARM processor and lacks a graphics card). The Chromebook's silvery design "looks a lot like the 11-inch Apple MacBook Air," notes reviewer Sarah Jacobsson Purewal.

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