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Cracking Open the Samsung Chromebox Series 3

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 teardown

On the outside, Samsung's Series 3 Chromebox looks like a Mac Mini. But, this Chrome OS machine is anything but your standard desktop. In this Cracking Open gallery, I walk you through disassembling the Chromebox Series 3 and show you how it's different from a the Mac Mini or any other standard desktop computer.

For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, Teardown reveals Chromebox Series 3 isn't your average desktop.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

10 comments
dimonic
dimonic

I don't mind that you allow advertisements to pay for the site, but I really object to a delayed "pop-in" of a banner add that forces everything on the page to jump down by a chunk just as soon as I start reading, then (sometimes) jump up again a moment later. Please set your HTML to inform the rendering agent as to the sizes of all pics, frames etc. on initial load so that it doesn't need to jump about as it renders the page. This is especially painful reading on mobile devices, but still painful on desktop.

jorgepape
jorgepape

Do you really want to remove any connectors by pulling on the wires as shown in the picture? I will never do it that way; a sure way to pull the wires off the connector.

shaun.clarke
shaun.clarke

I think you mislabeled images 42, 43, 44. I believe that is the DisplayPort Sub-Board, not the USB I/O board.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Does anyone other than a few techies want a Chromebook?

rhon
rhon

Samsung is still unable to come up with own designs. It is by the way a box not a book.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Indeed, that PCB does contain the machine's two DisplayPort connectors.

peterbenoit
peterbenoit

It's a Chromebox, and why don't you do a quick google search and let us know?

Mr@Spock
Mr@Spock

It's a rectangle with rounded corners! By the way, I now own the patent on all orb shaped devices designed to roll, or bounce in any direction. I demand you desist operating any such devices until you send me 5 dollars. - this includes your dog!

ilovesards
ilovesards

better hurry, take the wife too...hahahaha