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