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Samsung now lets you test Chromebook Series 5 for a week

Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Google, PC / Laptop

Samsung Chromebook Series 5

In addition to Samsung announcing a drop in the price of its Chromebook Series 5, the company's New York City Samsung Experience center in Columbus Circle is also loaning them out for a free, seven-day trial.

Samsung has redone the front of its store to feature something akin to Apple's Genius Bar—only with more color—where you can log on to a Chromebook, check email, and get a feel for the machine (provided you have a Gmail account). If you want to check one out, you'll need to provide a government issued ID and have a credit card on hand—the credit card provides security just in case you decide that you want to keep it, for which you'll be charged $449.

The unit Samsung is renting out come with Verizon 3G and Wi-Fi, and a handy laptop bag in which to tote the Chromebook around. After the Series 5 notebook has been registered to you, you'll receive an email asking to schedule a "Get to Know Your Chromebook" session, where a representative with take you through the ins and outs of the notebook. Or if you prefer not to talk to people, there's a handy support page that walks you through some of the things to know about Chromebook.

Upon returning the Chromebook, you'll be asked a few questions about your experience: What did you like? What didn't you like? Would you buy one or recommend it to a friend? And so on. You'll also receive an email confirming you have returned the Chromebook and will not be charged $449.

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is currently available for $349 for Wi-Fi and $449 for 3G+Wi-Fi.

This article, written by Natalie Shoemaker, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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