|Processor||1.9 GHz Celeron B840|
|RAM||4 GB SDRAM DDR3|
|Hard Drive||16 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
Samsung Series 3 Chromebox
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My mother only uses the PC for email, Facebook, and her games like Farmville (Ah!) so I thought this would be a great fit for her needs. Shortly after unpacking the Chrome Box, plugging in her old USB mouse, keyboard then old monitor it was up and running (after an initial update that took about ten minutes).
I had her create a Gmail account and she was quickly on her way. This really does boot up between 5 and 7 seconds ... amazing! She was able to play all of her games on Facebook, Farmville and Bejeweled (Ah! Again), and all her other sites. After seeing some of the reviews I was concerned about some sites not working. Went to CNN and had her click on several videos and repeated this on the Yahoo news site, video ran better then on my expensive machines.
My mom now lives happily inside the Chrome browser and I have a lot more free time! no more phone calls, snicker snicker:)
This is kind of a side note of elation. With our accounting, CRM, and ERP software all provided as a service in a browser, Google Drive allowed me to shut down our last server (except for SIP-VOIP and Scanner/Document). We are server-less (except the afforementioned). Now all I have to maintain is a DHCP server. I hate to sound giddy, but, really I am. This is the future.
In considering whether to get a Chromebox, I read a lot of commentary about them, most of it negative. The main argument against them makes a lot of sense: why would you buy a computer that only runs the Chrome browser and nothing else, when for more or less the same price you could buy a PC that will also run the Chrome browser, but in addition has the potential to do a million and one other things as well? If you really like Chrome so much, just buy a cheap PC and download the Chrome browser.
I think it's a good argument, but it was ultimately unpersuasive to me.
Let me start by describing what me and my wife actually use our home computer for. When I started to think about the idea of a web-only computer, I realized that we are actually Google's target customers: we spend nearly all of our computer time in the cloud. Surfing the net is of course the main activity, but after that it's pretty much email, Facebook, Youtube, uploading and sharing photos, and Pandora, in more or less that order. The only major sort of higher-level activity that I (aspired to) do is access my corporate server through a remote desktop application.Read more ›
Overall it's a nice web browser. It boots fast, was easy to start using, and is great for doing anything on the web. The interface is pretty much like windows 7, but a little simpler.
I was having a grand old time playing with it, but a number of issues came up of basic things that just didn't work.
The main issue so far is that it doesn't support USB audio. I have three USB audio devices that didn't work. (integrated microphone/webcam in monitor, wired and wireless visa USB dongle headsets) What this means, in layman's terms, is that you would not be able to video chat without buying new equipment - you'd need to buy a headset with a single speaker/mic jack, like the old cell phone head sets used to have. Then you'd have to unplug your speakers and plug in your headset each time you wanted to chat.
When the Chromebox is powered off, but plugged in, it sends a huge buzz through the speaker cable that is unliveable. This doesn't happen when the computer is asleep; just powered off
After that, there's just a long list of little things... things like forward/back buttons on the mouse not working.
Overall, this is a nice little thing to play with, if you like new electronic toys. But, I wouldn't buy it for Mom just yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great for my uses. I use this as a media box hooked up to my TV and it works great. Read more
I purchased this for my elderly father back in September of 2014. I chose this because my Dad is prone to open every attachment from every scammer out there. Read morePublished 19 months ago by OldTimeRocker
Not happy with the OS or how it connects to the TV and wireless keyboards and mice. I would not recommend.Published 21 months ago by J. Stuart
After a big hassle with having to manually update this box, everything worked fine. It was too old to update from Google and had to jump through hoops to get it working. Read morePublished on August 16, 2014 by Dragonrdrz
Complete piece of crap! Got a model that was manufactured in 2012 and would not update to the latest OS update. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by nyaroh
When I first got my hands on this, I wasn't 100% sure what to do with it. I ended up rooting it and installing Ubunutu (Very easy to do). Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by Mooga
Very fast, easy to use computer. Basically turns your TV into a smartphone. I don't know why Samsung didn't promote these better and keep making them.Published on April 27, 2014 by noltervetter
Fast login. Fast browsing. I was already using the Chrome operating system. On the downside: Google not very good at responding to real or perceived problems. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Marcus Pete Hoover Jr