We'd reported on January 2 that the Series 3 Chromebox had received a design update, with Samsung rolling out a sleeker, rounded-edge model bearing the same specs as its predecessor. Now Samsung has pushed out another Chromebox model, this one running an Intel Core i5 processor in a more sophisticated-looking design. The device is available now for about $400.
The new Chromebook, model number XE300M22-A01US, runs a Core i5-2450M processor, as well as Intel's HD Graphics 3000, a combination that provides decent hardware for accomplishing whatever tasks you can put the Chromebox through, such as high definition video streaming. Because of the Chromebook's functionality, it is doubtful the average user will put the device through more than the processor and graphics can handle.
Aside from the new processor, the XE300M22-A01US's other specs include 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. There are six USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet port, but like the redesigned model that surface at the beginning of the year, VGA is missing. Connectivity is the expected Bluetooth and wifi. For displays, there's DVI and DisplayPort.
The model weighs between 4 and 5 pounds, depending on whose specs you're listening to, and measures 7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3-inches, making it a tad larger than the XE300M22-B01US model. It is Green Compliant with WEEE compliance, and aside from the faster CPU, offers the same assort of specs as the previous model.