Samsung’s Chromebox Gets A Brand New Look, But Its Insides Are All Too Familiar


When Samsung sat down to design its original Series 3 Chromebox, a desktop powered by Google’s Chrome OS, the Korean company clearly took a lot of inspiration from Apple (and not for the first time). The device looked very similar to the Mac mini, Apple’s entry-level desktop, only with lick of black paint here and there. But that’s no longer the case.

Samsung has overhauled the Chromebox with a brand new look, and I have to say, I think it’s pretty nice. Just don’t look forward to any improvements on the inside.

The new Chromebox sports an entirely white body that’s much more rounded around the top edge, but mostly the same size as its predecessor. It looks minimalistic and futuristic. Its power button is touch-sensitive, and its front-facing ports are now neatly hidden away behind a little door.

But is it worth the upgrade if you already have a Series 3 Chrombox?

No. Although the body’s been redesigned, the machine’s internals remain exactly the same as those in its predecessor. It offers the same 1.9GHz Celeron B940 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It even has all the same ports. So essentially, Samsung’s taken the same machine and put it in a different shell.

This does represent a significant change for Samsung, however. If the company’s gone out of its way to give the machine a new look, and only a new look, it shows it’s now trying to follow its own design path. It’s no longer just looking at what Apple’s making and then building a replica.

It’s about time.