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First Look: Samsung Chromebox desktop: Low-risk entry point to Google's Chrome OS

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First Look: Samsung Chromebox desktop: Low-risk entry point to Google's Chrome OS

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Google's Web-based operating system still isn't for everyone, but if you're curious, the Samsung Chromebox offers an affordable, attractive entry point with some useful features.

I am rich brown senior editor for CNET and -- gonna take a look at the Samsung Chrome box. This is a 329 dollar desktop from Samsung features Google's Chrome operating system. The first desktop of the Chrome OS and -- found it's actually not so bad in here although I probably wouldn't recommend it's most consumers. So Chrome -- is still actually kind of experimental it's not -- -- fully featured there's some quirks too it doesn't necessarily work with all the hardware you want to. It's still pretty usable though it just takes some getting -- of the fact that most of the activity on the system happen online. Speaking just for the -- and this is actually pretty nice system got a nice design it so it looks like the Mac mini so points against Samsung for a copying there. But you can see in the front though as -- -- USB ports as well as a microphone and an act has four more USB -- and -- -- SP two. You'll see a couple display port outputs as well as dvi output and he can see ethernet Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also built. So comes with a one point nine gigahertz Intel Celeron CPU that is a dual core chip actually. You four gigs of ram and better graphics chip as well as the sixteen gigabytes solid state hard. And -- it was mostly for local media -- pictures movies audio documents. You can play all those on the system offline works reasonably well. And because at the solace -- -- system boots fast analysts files quickly assessments. Now one of the potential challenges with the systems because the desktop that -- -- to bring your own hardware to it then inject that monitor mass and keyboard -- and you're the peripheral might wanna use. I would from a monitor performance is actually pretty outstanding. With them to display ports -- -- system up to 230 inch LCDs in our lab. Both of which running at 25 by sixteen for the resolution. And when you have two monitors connected it will all work and your -- we can run one -- time and what you -- but it doesn't do a -- big spanning desktop like you get a smaller systems. Other devices a little more -- though. -- mostly has excessive mouse and keyboards -- connect wireless Logitech mouse network rate. We try to couple wired devices from Logitech Microsoft and -- all those -- but the one Logitech wired mouse that for some reason -- wouldn't register at -- -- was blown X. -- -- webcams are also kind of difficult as right now Google does not support web -- bass microphone CF at a separate Michael Henson threw to and the like -- in the front. -- that's kind of a hassle and yet he's -- -- hardware. Enter the speaking assistant is probably best for large light duty commercial institutional elements -- school library and maybe some kind of business. I can also see me and -- in a kid's room but I would expect decade to develop against the limits of this hardware as well -- have -- difficult to -- peripherals -- -- for. So overall system is definitely interest might be good in certain environments but for the most part it's still pretty much -- expect. Summer -- -- Samsung from.

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