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Google Announces New Chromebook and Chromebox

Google and Samsung have announced a new generation of Chrome OS devices, and this time the desktop is the target as well as the laptop market.

The original Chromebook has been out for around a year now, but hasn’t exactly been making huge waves in the laptop market.  Many reviews cited issues with speed and usability, but it still showed a lot of promise and Google isn’t giving up.

Launching today, Samsung and Google have announced the Chromebook Series 5 550 and the Chromebox for your desktop.  The laptop checks in with a lousy name, but a fairly decent price at $449.  What really has us intrigued is the Chromebox which will only set you back $329 and has a very generous helping of ports.  We can easily see the Chromebox ending up at the center of a lot of home entertainment systems.

We’re still not sure about the idea of a laptop that always has to be connected to the Internet to do most of its duties, but a home version has some very definite promise.

Chromebook Series 5 550

  • 12.1″ (1280×800) display
  • 3.3 lbs / 1.48 kg
  • 6 hours of continuous usage
  • Intel Core™ processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit ethernet, and 3G modem (optional)
  • HD Camera
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)

Chromebox Tech Specs

  • Chromebox Tech Specs
  • Intel Core™ processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Built-in dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2x DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)
  • DVI single link output
  • Bluetooth 3.0 compatible
  • Kensington key lock compatible

[via Google]


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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