Samsung’s latest Chrome OS powered Chromebook was announced today along with a Chromebox. Using Intel Sandy Bridge processors, they boast speeds three times faster than the first generation Chromebooks.
The new OS features a new launcher more similar to Windows or Mac OS X which allows for easier launching of your most used programs. Better integration with Google Drive allows fast access to shared documents and files, and integrated compatibility with Microsoft Office documents makes it easy to transition from your desktop to your Chrome OS based computer.
Perhaps the best feature is Chrome Remote Desktop Beta which allows you to remotely login to your desktop or laptop and use it as if you were there. Remote Desktop Beta is available on regular Chrome browsers in the app store.
Featured on the new Samsung Chrome OS products, the Chromebook Series 5 550 and the Chromebox Series 3, are Intel Sandy Bridge processors. These feature an integrated video processor that can handle HD video decoding onboard. Unfortunately, they don’t feature Intel Core processors but rather 1.3 and 1.9 Ghz Celeron components, respectively.
If you’ve got wifi everywhere, the Chromebook makes a lot of sense. When you’re off the internet however, there’s a lot to be desired. On the other hand, the Chromebox could be a great dumb-terminal for guests or you to use remotely. Since it could be wired, you will never have to deal with being offline.