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Samsung Introduced The ChromeBox and Chrome Book Series

Samsung and Google have introduced the new Chrome Book Series 5550 Intel Celeron 867 and the Samsung Series 3 Chromebox with Intel Celeron and B840 to Just choose a spot on video  published (below). On both devices, the new operating system was unveiled in April Chrome OS version is used.

A look back

Even the concept of the first books Chrome sounded promising: A netbook that was designed primarily for surfing the Internet and should be cheaper than traditional PCs lap.Unfortunately, this bill did not give up. Customers were not specifically developed with the Chrome OS warm – the sales figures fell short of expectations. What from the outside it looked like a full-fledged netbook was, in reality, none.

The largest drawback – apart from the small onboard memory – but many felt that an Internet connection is needed to make sense to work with the device. Also, price was more attractive to potential customers Netbooks: in terms of Internet and online, they are the equal of Chrome Book, but you lose on netbooks not having fun at work when you’re offline. 

In addition, the browser-based operating system Chrome OS felt for many users that were previously used desktop operating systems, strange to – including the author. 

And then of course there was the iPad. Price is moving in the same realms and not a few have preferred the light, thin and fast the Chrome Tablet Book.

The next generation

But what have the new equipment to offer? The new Chrome Book Series has a 12.1 inch 5550 display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Inside the device schufftet a dual-core processor (Celeron 867) with 1.3 GHz of Intel’s Sandy Bridge generation. In addition, the Chrome Book has four gigabytes of RAM and a 16GB SSD hard drive and two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in1 card reader and the image display interface port.

On the Internet you go with the Chrome Book via WLAN or Ethernet. An optional UMTS expansion module is available.

The specifications include:

  • 12.1 inch display (1280 x 800)
  • Weight: 1.48 kg
  • 6 hours of battery runtime
  • Intel ® Core ™ processor 867 with Celeron 1.3 GHz
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Gigabit Ethernet and an optional 3G modem
  • HD Camera
  • 2x USB 2.0 
  • 4-in-1 Memory Card Slot
  • DisplayPort + + output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)

The Chrome Box Series 3, however, a compact desktop computer in which a dual-core processor (Celeron B840) is fitted with 1.9 GHz. As the Chrome Book also offers the Chromebox four gigabytes of RAM, a 16GB SSD hard drive, WiFi b / g / n and Gigabit Ethernet.Also on board: Bluetooth 3.0, six USB 2.0 outputs and Hertzian two display ports that are compatible with HDMI, DVI and VGA.

  • Intel ® Core ™ processor at 1.9 GHz Celeron B840
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • WiFi 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n and  Gigabit Ethernet
  • 6x USB 2.0
  • 2x DisplayPort + + output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)
  • Single Link DVI-I output (compatible with VGA)
  • Bluetooth ™ 3.0 

With 3G will cost the Chrome Book about $ 550. Slightly cheaper is the Chromebox: It is available starting at $ 330. For now, both devices will be exclusively sold in the United States.When will they arrive in stores in this country is not yet known.

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A new aura

In fact, the new version of the Chrome operating system brings with it some changes, especially the new user interface and an updated window manager called aura. With both Google is moving a bit toward traditional desktop operating system.

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Aura has a taskbar called Shelf, which acts as a launcher. As from the Dock in Mac OS X can be installed from here the programs that start at the Chrome Book Browser apps. In addition, there is a window manager that the representation of m allowed ehreren windows on the screen – a welcome departure from the previous Chrome OS interface, which consisted of only one browser window, were displayed in the content in the form of tabs.

Other new features include support for external displays and the integration of the Google Cloud Service Drive. In addition, you can run many programs now available online.

Were revised, the media player and integrated photo-Beabreitung.

The previous books Chrome from last year will receive an update on the new OS version of Chrome. We can confirm: In our editorial we now have the Chrome Book 19.0.1084.52 version installed.

Here is a promotional clip for the new Chrome Book:

Praise and scolding

The question arises whether Samsung will be successful with its new Chrome Book? In the professional world, opinions vary widely amazing. Said Christina Warren, Mashable in the article “ Overpriced and Underpowered: Why Chrome Book, Chromebox Fail ”a real tribute to the new book written Chrome.

As the main argument of Warren that the Chrome bookmark with around 550 dollars (for the 3G model) is too expensive and therefore to better-equipped devices for the same price range can not prevail.

In addition, I recruited the iPad in the past, potential customers Chrome Book. Given the success of Apple’s new tablet will almost certainly remain the Chrome bookmark only this time a side note, and as Mashable thinks that the existence of a shop keeper deadlines:

The iPad’s rapid adoption in the workplace and in the education market has not only helped kill the netbook – it’s made a near-impossible Chrome OS sell.

Different it looks on the other hand Om Malik of GigaOm, who in his article “ Google launches Chrome Book, Chromebox’s get it right intones “a veritable paean to the latest collaboration between Google and Samsung. The euphoric descriptions of the speed and the new user interface, but rather to remind an advertorial. A reflective article reads differently:

It is screamingly fast. Both the browser launch and take advantage of browsing itself improved hardware, graphics and most importantly the underlying OS.The trackpad, Which used to have the responsiveness of a piece of wood, feels like a trackpad on any modern laptop.

In addition, Malik praised the benefits of Google Drive in the highest terms, and can even be carried away to the implausible statement, the new Chrome Book can be equated with conventional 12-inch laptops:

The Chrome Book from Samsung is like any other 12.1-inch budget laptop …


A thin body, a fast boot process and the user interface responsive to the revision are the advantages of the new Chrome Books. The disadvantages remain basically the same as its predecessor: the heavy reliance on an internet connection and the price goes down when compared to similar netbooks with more features or too high. To not always be dependent on WiFi networks, it is advisable from the outset for the 3G version of the Chrome Books to decide. This is relatively expensive at around $ 550.

Given the strong competition from the iPad and the many standing in the wings Android tablet with quad-core technology, there is a realistic danger that the book version of Chrome will be a flop. 

The approach is interesting and reminds Chromebox not only looks a bit like the Mac Mini.However, the unit as his brother because of Chrome Book of the operating system heavily dependent on an Internet connection.