Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Cracking Open: Completely disassembled
Like the CR-48, Google's original Chromebook, the Samsung Series 5 was easy to crack open and dissect. Samsung used standard Phillips screws both outside and inside the case. The wireless cards, SSD, and battery are all easily removed, but you must remove the computer's back cover to do so.
Unlike the CR-48, but like the Apple MacBook Air, the Series 5's RAM is soldered to the motherboard, making a RAM upgrade impossible.
The keyboard and touchpad are also permanently attached to the upper case. If either component fails, you'll need to replace the entire upper case unit.
Overall the Series 5 isn't a difficult machine to work on or repair, but I doubt many businesses will bother. With Google's Chromebook Business & Education subscription plan, Google provides replacement hardware.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.