Feeds
45%
Samsung Chromebox Series 3 XE300M22 Chrome OS cloud computer

Review: Samsung Chromebox

Terminal decisions

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Do you copy?

Dragging screen grabs out of the Downloads folder and into USB drive, reported that it was ‘pasting’ these files. However, much to my surprise, it completely cleared out the Downloads folder, effectively moving all of its selected contents. Mmm, not the sort of behaviour one expects from a drag and drop to an external device...

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 XE300M22 Chrome OS cloud computer

QuickTime .mov files from cameras play, but with an unsubtle ident for company

Back on Chromebook Central, there are moans that there’s no DVD support, something I’d presumed might function more out of good manners than anything else. The truth is, you can’t play a studio DVD movie release – it doesn’t even show up as a disc. However, you can plumb in a DVD burnt for data storage and grab files from it. It’ll even play any of your own movie files from the disc. And while not officially supported, QuickTime .mov files played too, though with the Wondershare watermark emblazoned on the screen. I tried a .mov upload to Picasa but that failed, however images sent direct from the DVD worked fine.

Now, Cloud Print. I can see the office networked printer from where I’m sitting, but the Chromebox can’t see it at all. It needs me to run the Chrome browser on my Mac, log in to Google and then locate the printers on the network that I can then make available for sharing to the Chromebox. The alternative is a Cloud Print ready printer – they are out there, but not here. Another option is to have a USB printer connected directly to a Mac or PC and share it that way. Alun ‘Android’ Taylor tells me this works fine for him.

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 XE300M22 Chrome OS cloud computer

A sign of progress: 20 minutes later and still nothing had changed and nothing did change – delete job

It’s tempting to detail every bend in the road in my Cloud Print experience, but it’s not going to be thrilling reading. In short, it printed twice and not the single page I’d configured in the settings but the whole screed.

Following an afternoon of log-in screens popping up, PDF creation and printers going offline from the Cloud Print listing, I realised there was probably going to be no end to this due to one single word: beta. Cloud Print is a beta product and it doesn’t seem there yet – at least, not for networked printers.

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 XE300M22 Chrome OS cloud computer

So much for gaming – perhaps you're better off playing this on a tablet

I tried a bit of gaming and Cut the Rope reported it was a slow PC – and this is one of Chrome store’s featured apps. Go to the Picasa site and it tells you the computer is incompatible. You need to get to it from the Picasa web albums log-in page instead, which wasn’t entirely obvious either. The function keys aren’t reliable – screen dimming never worked – it either does nothing or kills the brightness completely, so you have to use the display controls to brighten it again.

XE300M22Samsung Chromebox Series 3 Chrome OS cloud computer

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Next page: Sorry situation

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.