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Samsung Chromebox Accidentally Goes on Sale, Gets Unboxed

The first ChromeOS PC – the Samsung Chromebox – has inadvertently gone on sale.

Plucky perusers of electronics retailer TigerDirect were able to order the $329 device ahead of its official release.

Better yet, one buyer who had his ordered fulfilled has posted up a 9 minute ‘unboxing’ video of the dual-core 1.9Ghz Intel Celeron-powered PC.

Two distinct versions of the Chromebox will be available, including one that ships with a wireless keyboard, mouse and beefed up Intel i5 processor (see video callout below) but, so far at least, only the peripheral-less Intel Celeron version has ‘leaked’ into the wild.


Peripherals and processor models aside the insides of the Chromebox are largely the same for both of the rumoured models: –

  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 6 USB Ports
  • Headphone/Mic Jack
  • DVI/Display Ports
  • Ethernet/Bluetooth/WiFi/Optional 3G

Size wise the little box measures 1.3″ tall, and 7.6″ on each of its four sides.

‘Tough Sell’

Given Google, Samsung and Acer have had a tough time trying to shift both the concept of ChromeOS and portable devices running it, the success of ChromeOS on a traditional PC looks far from certain.

And if the steep pricing by TigerDirect holds true then Samsung may find themselves with an uphill struggle on their hands in gaining the device traction with consumers.

Are you tempted?

  • Steve Williams

    Wouldn’t touch it, even though I happily use Google online services.

    Why? Easy! It restricts me in what I might want to do with my computer!

    ChromeOS might be for those that want an easy-to-use OS with limited functions and “just works”, but that isn’t for me, and I doubt it applies to many of the people in the know about these products as well.

    • I wouldn’t mind using one for everyday browsing and streaming netflix…you know if someone gave me one. But for money, I have to actually invest in a multi-tasking machine that can handle email to video editing.

  • h4lly

    Not only I would not buy it, I wouldn’t even take it for free… :)

    Why bother when you can just use real computer.

    • It is a real computer, you need review your definition of what is a computer

      • h4lly

        To quote Wikipedia: “A computer is a general purpose device which can be programmed to carry out a finite set of arithmetic or logical operations.”

        Which ChromeOS cannot. It’s just an web browser ui, and is therefore useless and does not meet requirements of what computer should be.

        • Samuel

          Technically, the computer can, because Chrome OS is a finite set of arithmetic or logical operations… It just doesn’t give you the option of entering your own.

          • h4lly

            “A computer is a general purpose device which can be programmed”

          • So.. you think chrome webstore is filled with non-programmed apps?

          • h4lly

            these “apps” (websites) work with any browser/chrome installation…

          • h4lly

            these “apps” (websites) work with any browser/chrome installation…

          • I agree that Chrome OS isnt really meant for desktop environment but it still is a real computer. Which just.. dont have much functionality besides web browsing…

          • h4lly

            “A computer is a general purpose device which can be programmed”. ChromeOS cannot. It’s useless.

            Again, why bother? You can get real computer with real open Linux and do whatever you please. Including running Chrome…

          • h4lly

            “A computer is a general purpose device which can be programmed”. ChromeOS cannot. It’s useless.

            Again, why bother? You can get real computer with real open Linux and do whatever you please. Including running Chrome…

          • normcf

            Actually, it does have a good JavaScript engine built in, and you can open a web page (even if it is file:prog.html), so you could write a program in html/javascript and execute it within the browser sandbox. I’m not trying to argue that this is a general purpose computer, but only that it falls within the definition of a computer.

        • normcf

          Consider the local library, or the waiting room at the auto repair shop, or the network access room at a hotel. All of these places want to minimize maintenance and hassle. They don’t usually let people run their own apps anyway. They already have keyboards, mice and monitors, so this device allows them so give a service to their customers without having to worry much about rebooting, re imaging, or malware. So, maybe not for you, but certainly not useless.

      • Samuel

        I’m sure we know what he meant – a computer which doesn’t require cloud storage and internet access for almost all its features. Ie, something actually spending money on.

  • Their problem is fundamentally that the insight about users and their browsers is correct, but they don’t act on that fully. Who wants to buy a full-priced computer that’s simply your normal OS + chrome – everything else? If they want to monitize on this insight, they’ll have to come up with a way to make the price of the hardware come down. If it’s cheaper computer for fewer features, that’s a tradeoff that makes sense, and if they can figure out which features are unnecessary (namely, everything bu the browser), they’ll have an insightful, market-advantage product.

    • Steve Williams

      When you consider that the market is about to be flooded with these small ARM powered devices, like the Cotton Candy stick (and another from VIA and a second Chinese company that I cannot remember) that come with Android (which has either the same or better features than ChromeOS) at a price point of about $50 – 200, then why would anybody be crazy enough to go with one of these?

      • oldman

        What are the everything else when you combined chrome OS and Google Drive. Nowadays, I can do my production works using Chrome OS and Google Drive. Moreover with Google + , and particularly the Hangout, I can even better collaborate with other people. Thanks to HTML 5, you will find more applications available on the cloud that exist today on your desktop and (may be Android). Chrome OS will be my preferred laptop and desktop OS, many thanks to Linux and Google. I can tell you that Chrome OS ( with 4 GB) will be a magnitude faster than Android. I respectably disagree that Android has better features than Chrome OS, they are different. I also have an ASUS prime and believe me, I prefer by far my Chrome OS when come to production works

    • marcoX

      agree, or start developing full-linux chrome…

      • gigarath5

        That would completely defeat the purpose of Chrome OS.

  • Lewis Goddard

    They made Chromebooks more powerful! Yay! Wait.. they took away the screen?!

  • OviTeodor

    the cool thing about chrmebook/box is that u can flash with a new bios and then u can install a normal os like linux/osx/windows and the hardware is verry cheap :D

  • Facebook User

    I love the idea behind this device, and I’d be happy to own one. I just can’t bring myself to pay over $300 for it.

  • Faizalla

    With the recent Linux kernel upgrade
    They can also use AMD fusion processors
    It’s also cheaper and you’ll get superior graphics for it.

  • AngusPearson

    I hate how Google are trying to make ChromeOS look like something new and revolutionary, instead of another Linux distro, with a slightly different UI, which is what it actually is. It seems to have 0 hackability.

  • muleyyy

    yeah, why celeron??? should be running an ARM chip like the cotton candy

  • Cool

  • No HDMI or RGB?? well fuck, can’t even use it…

    • Andrew

      You can convert the DVI to HDMI

  • So it’s a Raspberry Pi with a case?

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  • I think that the Chromebooks were interesting because, for me, I only use the internet on my school laptop. But I don’t see a need for this, personally.
    I hope there is a continued push of Chrome OS from Google I/O, as I see a future in it if it get’s Macbook Air-quality hardware with just ChromeOS.

  • sairanjank

    This looks like a Mac Mini. Wish some other companies make Ubuntu powered devices like this.

  • Mashew Cashew

    Supposedly, those ‘vents’ on the back are integrated speakers…

    Sounds pretty cool (hopefully)

  • I’m not surprised that it is going on sale. There is not that much demand for it, since it is just a piece of locked down hardware that runs a modified version of Linux. If it was open hardware, then it would be worth alot more.

    I do love the case. Only If I can install Ubuntu onto it.

  • Kyle Amadio

    The two ports at the bottom right are DisplayPorts – there are plenty of adaptors for these. My Dell E6510 has one and I have a Displayport to HDMI convertor

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Wireless keyboard in the video? Just because it isnt plugged in doesnt make it woreless, check the cable from the mouse and also, at 31 secs in to the video you can clearly see the cable from the keyboard
    Sherlock Holmes

  • It looks very nice!