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There's no denying that the Samsung Chromebox XE300M22 faces an uphill struggle. We're increasingly accessing the internet through our mobile devices, from laptops to tablets and smartphones. Sitting down behind a desk and in front of a monitor and keyboard to check our emails, read the news and message people on Facebook is becoming increasingly rare. Google knows this, having an immensely popular mobile operating system, Android. It also has a far less popular PC operating system - Chrome OS, which is found on the laptop-like Chromebooks such as the Acer AC700 and the Samsung Series 5.Priced at 279 in the UK and $329 in the US , the Samsung Chromebox is designed for the lower end of the market – think nettop – and its tiny size and simple interface could just make it a viable computer for people who value simplicity and surfing over file management and power.Chrome OS is also the operating system for the Samsung Chromebox Series 3 XE300M22, a desktop-based PC that sits unobtrusively next to a monitor or TV to enable you to surf the web and perform some light tasks such as quick photo editing and word processing.
While some American schools have metal detectors on the entrance to stop wayward kids smuggling in a chrome, Samsung is looking to get in the back door by targeting its affordable Chromebox Series 3 desktop PC at schools. Not only is it aimed at kids, it's also suited to anyone looking for a low-cost PC. The US has got the jump on us Brits with the Chromebox already locked and loaded Stateside. Our CNET.com cousins have grasped the cold metal, cocked their trigger finger and pointed their review in our faces. So we're not about to disagree with the following review, which is based on the insights they've gleaned during their tests. We're waiting on news of when Samsung's latest desktop PC, which is built around Google's Chrome operating system, will hit the UK, but it costs a very reasonable $329 in the US. Google Chrome sets itself apart by being an almost entirely web-dependent operating system, with the added benefits of prompt start-up, thousands of available apps, built-in virus protection and secure cloud storage. So all your films, music and files are stored online. Chromebook laptops launched a year ago with the underwhelming Samsung Series 5 Chromebook.
I can think of a few customers who might consider the attractive, Google Chrome OS-powered Samsung Chromebox desktop. Schools, libraries, Internet cafes, even a parent shopping for a child's first computer might reasonably look into this $329 PC and its locked-down, almost entirely Web-dependent operating system. I would not recommend the Chromebox for general-purpose budget computing due to occasional issues with general hardware and software compatibility. Its minuscule local storage also prevents the Chromebox from working well as a small home theater PC. If you follow either Google or operating system news, you will know that this PC represents Google's first attempt at expanding its Chrome operating system to the desktop. Given that the Chromebox's laptop counterpart, the Chromebook, is such a difficult proposition, I was surprised by how much I actually liked this computer. Google's Chrome operating system is the search giant's grand system software experiment, played out in public since last year's launch of the Samsung Chromebook.
Some may have suggested that the desktop is a dying breed – a relic of a bygone computing era – but Google is looking to buck that trend by putting its Chrome OS on a tiny computer called the Samsung Chromebox. The small form-factor PC sports the latest version of Chrome OS and arrives alongside the new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, to offer up a meaningful competitor to Apple's Mac OS and Windows PCs. Priced at $329 (279), the Samsung Chromebox is designed for the lower end of the market – think net-top – and its tiny size and simple interface could just make it a viable computer for people who value simplicity and surfing over file management and power. The Chromebox ships without a monitor, keyboard and mouse but obviously needs all three – something worth considering if you do not already have the necessary accessories. Port wise the box sports six USB, a single Ethernet, two display port outputs and a DVI single link output. The first thing you may notice is that there is no HDMI port, something of a surprise considering the growing market for media PCs that plug easily into the television and, perhaps more critically, there is no VGA port – which may mean many of its target audience will need to shell out for adapters to get it to work.
|Samsung Chromebox XE300M22-B01US||$289.99||See it|
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|Samsung Series 3 Chromebox Xe300m22 - Dts C B840 / 1.9 Ghz - Ram Xe300m22-b01us||$307.99||See it|
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