Connecting Chromebook To HDTV
I've been researching the idea of using the Chromebook, primarily as a STB (set-top-box), to replace my current GoogleTV, Logitech Review STB for internet access.
What's wrong with the Revue: it not on the latest GoogleTV Chrome browser or flash update and, with Logitech pulling support from the Revue in a few months, it seems that the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update won't happen (maybe, but doubtful).
Also, most of the best Google Play Store apps are not compatible to install on the Revue.
I have no real need to use a computer device for off line purposes, but do want to maximize an internet ease of use and UI aspects as much as possible. The internet/cloud based Chromebook looks to be a perfect solution.
Has anyone had experience with connecting the Acer or Samsung Chromebook to HDTV?
I'd like to use the Chromebook as a STB, hard wired by HDMI to the HDTV, and an ethernet cable to a Comcast "phone modem." Also, a separate, wireless keyboard would be needed.
Apparently, the Samsung 5 550 has a "display port," but it's a mini VGA, not HDMI (I didn't think it possible that a new device would be designed without an HDMI-out port these days). I'm told that this VGA port does carry audio, and there is an adapter available for "VGA to HDMI" for the Samsung "display port," but I don't like the idea.
Further, the specs on the Samsung does mention ethernet, but I'm not clear on this point; whether it has an ethernet outlet and can be hard wired to a modem.
The Acer Chromebook, on the other hand, does come with an HDMI-out port and Bluetooth support, but zero mention of an ethernet outlet. I'd be confident that there would be no audio/video problems with the HDMI port available, and the Bluetooth would be helpful with a the keyboard requirement, but with no ethernet connection, would it have to be on wifi: which maybe okay, provided that everything else about the Acer Chromebook was positive; speed, streaming capability, etc., etc.
Obviously, with the Chromebook, in addition to an upgrade-ready STB device, I'd also be buying a portable laptop. Given all the above, I'd really like this to be doable, and was wondering if anyone had some insight/advice.
Last edited by Travel; 09-13-2012 at 03:09 PM.