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05/12/2011 11:49 am ET | Updated Jul 12, 2011

Google Chromebook Review Roundup: Hands On With Samsung's Chrome OS-Powered Series S

Following Google's I/O event on Wednesday evening, Samsung showed off its new Series 5 Chromebooks, which pack 8.5 hours of battery life, a 12.1-inch display, a dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor and an HD webcam. It'll run you $499 for a 3G-connected version or $429 for the Wi-Fi only.

Chromebooks will be available from both Samsung and Acer (in Titan Silver or Arctic White) on June 15th from Amazon and Best Buy.

Most reviewers note Samsung Chromebook's trackpad is a big improvement over Google's Cr-48 pilot laptops from last year, and the device will boot up in a blazing eight seconds. While it's not as thin or light as the MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9, the 3.3 pound, .79-inch thick Series 5 is an affordable Web-powered laptop for under $500.

Google will be pushing its Chromebooks into the enterprise and education spaces, with competitive monthly subscription-based pricing at $28 and $20 per user, respectively. It's a new model for laptops that has more in common with subsidized cellphones and their data connections than traditional low-cost laptop sales.

Early reviewers from Engadget, Gizmodo, Wired, This Is My Next, Beta News, PC Mag, and PC World got a quick-hands on with the Series 5, so check out their first impressions below.

Read on to hear what critics have to say about Google's newly announced Music Beta service.

Google Chromebook Samsung Series 5 Reviews