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Samsung, $ 345 har­veynor­man. com. au

BUY­ING a lap­top for Mother’s Day might sound ex­trav­a­gant, but it need not be ex­pen­sive.

Samsung’s Chrome­book, for ex­am­ple, will set you back just $ 345 as this light­weight lap­top is de­signed for web use, ba­sic word pro­cess­ing and tasks that don’t de­mand a lot of a com­put­ing grunt.

The 1.1kg de­vice has a sil­ver, plas­tic body that could be mis­taken for stain­less steel at a dis­tance, and its is­land- style key­board is easy to use.

Its 11.6- inch screen won’t win beauty con­tests – users must an­gle it cor­rectly for a good view – but its touch­pad is func­tional and its 1.7GHz dual- core pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM de­liv­ers Google apps such as Drive, Cal­en­dar and Gmail ably.

Its 16GB stor­age doesn’t leave much room for large fi les, but those are de­signed to be stored in the cloud any­way.

It’s a ca­pa­ble, light­weight, lighton- cash so­lu­tion for those who need a mo­bile com­puter.

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