Samsung updates Chromebox, new design with same internals
Samsung, the staunchest supporter of Google’s cloud-focused Chrome OS, has updated its Chromebox with a new design. The Chromebox was first released last year along with the Chromebook, and was the first official desktop computer based on Chrome OS. Chrome Story has uncovered the spec sheet for an updated version of the Chromebox, which isn’t much different than the previous one. Dubbed Series 3 Chromebook, it uses the same 1.9GHz Sandy Bridge-based Intel Celeron, integrated GPU, 802.11n wireless, 16GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. The only difference is that the new model comes in a spanking new all-white body that does away with the rectangular silver-and-black version, which used to resemble the Mac Mini. Perhaps Samsung wants to lay the accusations of copying design styles from Apple to rest.
Apart from the internal specs, the new Series 3 Chromebox flaunts the same array of ports as last year’s model. Four rear USB 2.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, a DVI port, two DisplayPorts, and a Kensington lock slot. Two additional USB 2.0 ports and a microphone jack are sported at the front, but have a flap covering them-which were left exposed in the previous model. With the new Chrome OS betas improving multi-monitor support, all of those display outputs included in the Chromebook would come in more handy. The price will remain the same as the previous model at US $329 and the US availability is still TBD.
Salman Ravoof is a freelance writer, a mechanical engineer and an avid science and technology enthusiast. He likes creativity and is a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi genre. When not busy, he revels in experimenting and spends most of his time pondering about the existence of reality.
3 January, 2013