Samsung Chromebox with Intel Core i5 now available for $400 and up
The Samsung Chromebox line of mini-desktop computers feature Intel processors, small but speedy solid state disks, and Google’s Chrome operating system. Last year Samsung started selling a model with an Intel Celeron B840 processor, but now there’s a new kid on the block, and it features a faster Core i5 chip.
The new Samsung Chromebook XE300M22-A01US isn’t exactly a speed demon. It has a Core i5-2450M processor, which is a second-generation Intel Core CPU with HD Graphics 3000. In other word’s, it’s at least a generation behind Intel’s latest chips.
But it also happens to be the same chip used in the demo Chromebox units Google gave to developers at last year’s Google I/O conference.
The processor should be zippy enough to handle most basic computing tasks, including HD video playback. And that’s all you really need on a computer that’s designed to run web apps in a web browser rather than local, resource-intensive apps such as Office, Photoshop, or iTunes.
Like earlier Chromebox models, the new version features 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 6 USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet. There’s no VGA port, but there are DisplayPort and DVI jacks.
Samsung also recently started showing off a new Chromebox case design, while the Samsung Chromebox with a Celeron processor and a more business-like black and gray case seems to be out of stock at most stores.
That suggests the company could position the model with the shiny white case as an entry-level system with a Celeron processor while selling the more business-like black and gray model with a faster Core i5 chip for a higher price.
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