Chromebook's Google-Only Experience Leaves User Feeling Disconnected

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2012-06-28
 
 
 

The Latest Chromebook

The new Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook is basically a netbook that is linked to a Google account.

The Latest Chromebook

Limited Offline Mode

Here you see that I'm able to access a Google Docs document while disconnected from the network. However, I can only view the document.

Limited Offline Mode

Top View

The Samsung Series 5 550 looks like a run-of-the-mill laptop and is unremarkable in design, style or dimensions.

Top View

Front Edge

There are no ports on the front of the Chromebook. There are no latches anywhere. The open/close action is smooth.

Front Edge

Right-Side View

The right side of the device (from left to right) includes a Secure Digital (SD) card slot, USB 2.0 port and a Kensington lock port for physical security.

Right-Side View

Rear View

The Universal SIM card slot is shown in the rear view.

Rear View

Left-Side View

The left side of the Chromebook (from left to right) includes the power jack, RJ-45 network port (closed), DisplayPort ++ (compatible with High Definition Multimedia Interface [HDMI], Digital Video Interface [DVI] and VGA), USB 2.0 and headphone jack.

Left-Side View

RJ-45 Port Open

To make a wire-line connection, just open the RJ-45 port.

RJ-45 Port Open

Underside View

On the lower edge, you can see the two speaker ports. There is no user-serviceable battery access.

Underside View

The All-New Chromebox

The Samsung Series 3 Chromebox is the first desktop device to run the Chrome operating system.

The All-New Chromebox

Front View

The front of the device (from left to right) includes the on-off switch, headphone jack and two USB 2.0 ports

Front View

Rear View

The rear of the devices (from left to right) includes a Kensington lock, power jack, DVI port, network connection, four USB 2.0 ports and two DisplayPort++ ports.

Rear View

Underside View

There are no user-serviceable parts in the Chromebox.

Underside View

Connecting to Google

Both the Chromebox and the Chromebook are tethered to a user's Google account.

Connecting to Google

Welcome to Chrome

The user is greeted with an introduction to Chrome when first signing on to either the Chromebox or the Chromebook.

Welcome to Chrome

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