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just a heads up for those of you that are interested. finally found pricing on samsung's chromebook series 5. no word yet on availability. pricing is $429.99 for the wifi only model and $499.99 for the 3g version. as an extra bonus for 3g users verizon is offering 100mb of free access for the first two years. im assuming this is if you get it from verizon and its 100mb per month.
 

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the deal doesn't sound too bad at all and im liking the bonus with the 3g version of 100mb free access per month. any idea what the overcharge is if you go over the 100mb free per month?

100mb/month doesn't sound like too much, i wonder how easy it is to go over that.
 

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100 mb per month is nothing! But i guess you don't use much 3g, because Wifi will usually be the first choice (especially when downloading movies etc)
 

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100MB is nothing, you'll go over with that even with compressed Data encryption enabled. 100MB is easily overpasses esp with today's Flash Heavy Websites.

Also with loading you tube videos its become a huge stain and take a lot of bandwidth up!
 

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I guess the 100MB is designed for the "must do right now" business applications and the assumption is that for the rest the average user will use WiFi
 

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I am a volunteer teacher of computers and software for hundreds of seniors at large senior centers here in Colorado. When will the 4G come out and how much will that cost?
- Edie
 

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I think it is priced right.. I was saving to get a new net book but I decided to wait for the Chromebook... I here if you own one of these all of your wildest dreams will come true... :)
 

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I have a 15 year old desktop computer (Pentium 1, 133mhz, 512 RAM, tiny hard drive and it smokes and overheats and shuts down on its own whenever it wants). So I am ready for something new and it seems that the Samsung Chromebook will be just what I need. But is there any idea when the first price drops will start hitting after the June 15th release?
 

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I'm guessing the price drops will occur gradually as more brands release chromebooks in the months after launch. Suddenly there's a chromebook with XYZ that the launch ones didn't have, thus driving down the price of the original ones.

Give it a few months (unless they can't keep any in stock!).
 

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If it sales as well as I expect it to others will get into the market and competition will bring down the price. Look at how many companies are tripping over them selves to get a iPad out.
 

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Not really liking that price for whats basically a netbook, and if the specs i see are true, does it really need to have a SSD to be good? Granted its just 16gb SSD which can cost from 50 to +300 USD depending on the transfer rate. Also was that spec of the SSD mentioned ?
 

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I think the SSD drive is for a couple things: reduce fans and moving parts, keep it cooler, and therefore, more reliable.

... Kind of seems like they're going after Staples' "EASY" button.
 

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Agree with those who think the price is just a bit too high. I don't think it's a crazy price -- these things do pack nice atom processors, etc -- but it'll be a tough choice for a lot of people who will be more comfortable with a less expensive option with a full-fledged OS. I'm hoping to see the price come down by the fall. $350 would be perfect for a WiFi Samsung, in my opinion.
 

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Samsung seem to be on the high end of a price range for everything they make! I like the idea of being first in line to have a Chromebook, but agree with those who have said it's a bit steep. Maybe time to make friends with the kind of person who upgrades as soon as a newer version is released? :)
 

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Personally, I think this is a great deal. People need to realize what you're paying for: An official, optimized Chromebook virtually eliminates all computer headaches. I know that most people I know would love one and will be happy to pay the small price for:
A computer that gets faster with time, not slower.
No additional software to purchase!
Absolutely no anti-virus needed.
Getting directly on the internet.
Extremely secure experience (Verified Boot)
The setup takes minutes, not hours.

I think all of that makes it very worth it.
 

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Personally, I think this is a great deal. People need to realize what you're paying for: An official, optimized Chromebook virtually eliminates all computer headaches. I know that most people I know would love one and will be happy to pay the small price for:
A computer that gets faster with time, not slower.
No additional software to purchase!
Absolutely no anti-virus needed.
Getting directly on the internet.
Extremely secure experience (Verified Boot)
The setup takes minutes, not hours.

I think all of that makes it very worth it.
Devil's advocate:
I could get a System76 Starling Ubuntu netbook for $385 with same processor and memory (2 gig) but also a 250 gig hard drive (upgradeable to 500gig for an extra $20). I'm not going to have a security problem with Ubuntu and I can run Chrome as an app and get close to the same experience.

Personally, I like the Series 5's size, weight and startup time and would go with it first. (Also like the idea that if I ever left the Series 5 somewhere, it would be a heartbreaking loss, but not one that would result in all my stuff -- docs, pics, etc. -- too.) But the choice between the two is not a no brainer.
 
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