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Chrome OS on the cheap: Samsung Chromebook (pictures)

Here's a look at the third round of Chrome OS products. This ARM-based system is smaller, lighter, and cheaper than earlier Chromebooks.

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Chromebook 11.6-inch screen

The Samsung Chromebook features an 11.6-inch matte screen.
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Samsung Chromebook search key

Chromebooks come with a Search key rather than a Caps Lock key. Clicking it lets people launch apps from a grid that pops up or initiate a regular Web search.
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Chromebook vs. MacBook Air

An 11-inch MacBook Air is wider than the Samsung Chromebook, but it's not as deep or as thick.
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Samsung Chromebook: Ports on the back

The back of the Samsung Chromebook is where the ports are located: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and HDMI 1.4. There's also a SIM card slot and power plug.
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Cloud computing options

Chrome OS gives you tips on how to swap out iTunes, Skype, and Microsoft Office with Web-based alternatives -- from Google, of course.
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Samsung Chromebook hinge bulge

When the Samsung Chromebook is closed, its hinge bulges up out of the top.
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B is for beetle

What computer is totally free of bugs? At least this beetle knew which key to land on.
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Samsung Chromebook underside

The bottom of the Samsung Chromebook has four rubber feet and two speaker grilles. The sound can be muted by whatever clothing is on a person's lap.
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Google Drive sync

Google has now integrated Chrome OS and Google Drive, so logging on to a Chromebook grants mostly seamless access to online files. The first synchronization can take a long time.
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Samsung Chromebook vs. Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

The Samsung Chromebook, left, is smaller, thinner, lighter, and cheaper than the earlier Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook.
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Samsung Chromebook touch pad

A wide touch pad accommodates multitouch gestures. You can tap lightly or push down more firmly to click buttons.
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Samsung Chromebook top

The Samsung Chromebook has clean, uncluttered lines, except for a protruding hinge on the top.
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Samsung Chromebook left edge

On the left edge of the Samsung Chromebook is an SD Card slot and a headphone-microphone jack.
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The keyboard

The Samsung Chromebook has a non-backlit chiclet keyboard with controls for screen brightness, volume, window switching, and browser navigation along the top. A wide touch pad supports multitouch gestures.
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Samsung Chromebook

A welcome screen gives tips on Chromebook usage such as the touch pad and Google Drive.
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Samsung Chromebook

The Samsung Chromebook uses a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor, a dual-core system-on-a-chip based on the ARM Cortex A15 design.
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Samsung Chromebook welcome help

The Samsung Chromebook offers tips on using its touch pad when it's first run.
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Samsung Chromebook Webcam

Atop the Chromebook is a Webcam for Google+ hangouts or other video tasks.
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Chrome Web Store

Want to install a Web app? Google's Chrome Web Store has them for sale. Many are little more than pointers to a Web page, but some such as games can be quite sophisticated.
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Samsung Chromebook

When the Chromebook is first started up, it asks for language and network settings.
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Google branding

Samsung builds the new Chromebook, but Google makes the operating system and gets equal billing on the top cover.
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Chromebook vs. MacBook Air thickness

The MacBook Air is significantly thinner -- and more expensive -- than the Samsung Chromebook.
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Chromebook vs. MacBook Air thickness

The MacBook Air tapers to become very thin at the front edge. Not so the Samsung Chromebook.

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