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on October 01, 2013 10:50 AM

You’ve heard it, and you may even believe it — that you get what you pay for. While that may be true some of the time, it is definitely not something you should believe across the board. There are times that you really can get a lot more than you pay for.

I’m talking about Samsung’s laptop computer, Chromebook. The price on this baby has just dropped below $220. See? You think it’s a misprint, don’t you? It’s not. And yes, I said two hundred and twenty dollars, which includes shipping.

I’m not much of a techy, so let me describe this laptop to you the way I understand it. Think of an iPad with a built-in keyboard and touchpad. Weighing in at just 2.4 lbs., it is .07 inches thin, fast and absolutely does not heat up. With a full 11.6-inch screen, this computer and display are flat-out beautiful.

The Samsung Chromebook is a great option for students of all ages who need a laptop to take to class every day. It’s perfect for writing papers, taking notes, creating documents, browsing the Internet, listening to music, managing photos, reading email, and even streaming Netflix.

Though the Chromebook has a built-in word processor, for the person who is used to using Microsoft Office products, Microsoft has a service called Office365 ( that allows you to access Word and other services directly through your browser.

Samsung Chromebook starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs Google apps, which are available in the Chrome Web store. It comes loaded with leading Google products, such as Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box. Want to help someone with little computer knowledge to get online and computer literate? This would be a great laptop to start with because it is so simple to use.

With Samsung’s Chromebook, there’s no setup, and your files are automatically backed up in the cloud. With over 6.5 hours of battery life, this laptop can go anywhere with you. It comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage (for 2 years), a built-in webcam, and dual-band Wi-Fi to make it easy to connect to wireless networks.

I can’t say enough nice things about this laptop computer. Who would have ever thought that a laptop computer like this Chromebook could be this inexpensive? What next? A new laptop computer packed in every box of cereal? I can’t wait to see that! But in the meantime, a great laptop for $220 — that comes with 12 free Gogo in-air Internet passes (did I mention that?) — simply can’t be beat.

I know you want one, and I wouldn’t doubt at all that you or someone you love really does need a Samsung Chromebook. But please take the time to check the specs and learn all about it by reading reviews and descriptions before you proceed to checkout. You can do that at And should you decide to go forward, prepare to be amazed!

Mary Hunt is the founder of, a personal finance member website. You can email her at

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