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Samsung has launched two new computers running Google's Chrome OS. The Series 5 550 Chrome OS notebook, referred to as a "Chromebook," is a 12.1-inch laptop. The Samsung Chromebox 3 is a small desktop PC that can connect to a separate keyboard, mouse and monitor, much like Apple's Mac mini. Both devices are powered by an Intel Core processor and include 4 GB of RAM. They come equipped with USB ports, built-in dual band WiFi and gigabit Ethernet. Both support accelerated graphics and are said to run faster than previous versions.
For me the whole Chromebook thing is a fiasco because its really marginal hardware running a Browser based OS. I really have to wonder why they charge so much for the hardware? I can buy a Notebook with a core i3 albeit a first generation and a big drive with Windows 7 for about what a 12" Chromebook costs. Something is wrong with Google's and Samsung's margins if they have to price like that. I have no problem with the concept of a Chrome OS. It does not interest me, but I can imagine some who like Google and its Cloud products could use Chrome OS and be happy. You could also buy a more powerful Notebook or desktop for less and simply use Google's Chrome browser and do basically the same thing and have a more flexible PC. Capable of using more peripherals and have a full OS like Windows or OS X. So I am just not sure why you would buy a Chromebook?