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Google Launches its Redesigned Chromebook

Source: Chromebook Series 5 550

Google rolled out its new Chromebook laptop Tuesday, the Samsung Series 5 550. The notebook gets a revamp with faster processor and increase in memory capacity. This means that the browser-centric device looks like more of finished product this time, compare to its predecessor.

Meet the Chromebook Series 5 550

Just like the previous model, the new notebook has a 12.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution and two USB 2.0 ports. It also features 4 GB of RAM and dual core Intel Atom chip that runs on 1.3 GHz. However, it storage capacity remains at 16 GB. Although it is small, it would also make perfect sense for Chromebook users who are most probably storing majority of their files in the cloud.

As for its keyboard, Samsung only made few changes by giving it a recessed design and squared-off edges on some of the keys. Meanwhile, the trackpad gets more responsive while having a metallic palm rest around it.

Introducing: Samsung Chromebox Series S

Aside from the Chromebook, Google and Samsung also introduced the first Chromebox, a Chrome OS-based desktop that is roughly the size and shape of Apple Mac Mini. Although it has the same performance as the notebook, the Samsung Chromebox Series 3 requires a user to bring his keboard, mouse and monitor on the table.

It has the internal hardware as the Chromebook, although its processor’s speed jumps from 1.3 to 1.9 GHz. It also offers six USB ports, DVI port and two DisplayPort++ connectors that are compatible with HDMI, DVI and VGA. The Chromebox is equipped with SD card slot and offers Bluetooth for wireless keyboard and mouse.

Chrome OS Update

The revamped Chromebook and the introduction of Chromebox make Google and Samsung a more tempting. However, this would also mean that users will have to utilize the Chrome OS. Good thing, the browser-based operating system recently had its own dose of update.

It now has a new user interface that offers desktop and multiple app windows. Remote access was also introduced last year, and it is expected that offline editing and storage will be unveiled next during Google’s I/O Developer Conference.

 

The Chromebook Series S 550 costs $450 for the Wi-Fi-only model and an addition of $100 for those who want their notebook to have 3G capabilities. The 3G model also offers Chromebook owners of 100 MB 3G service from Verizon each month for two years after purchase. On the other hand, the Chromebox is tagged at $330. All devices can be purchased online at the Google Chrome page.

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