I did read that you will be able to use printers that are on your network, but I am not sure about other peripherals. I don't believe you can hook them up via usb, because of the inability to install drivers and such.
for now I think they are limited to external storage, but I believe Google will eventually resolve that issue. If I'm correct Chromium OS has a linux back-end, most linux distros like Ubuntu have great driver support.
I should hope you can use a printer! I am a little concerned about not having enough USB ports. I mean, if I am carrying the laptop everywhere I go, I may want to connect to some other things, but I guess that's the whole point of it keeping to the basics....
If nobody has figured it out yet, the easiest way to print from a Chrome OS system would be to use Google Cloud Print. You need a Windows or OS X machine to set it up, but once finished you'll have access to any printer on your network via Chromebook.
Printers will likely work , but other USB devices maybe a problem. If its anything like linux few of the generic MP3 players may connect . Also newer HTC smart phones with their window mobile OS with no external memory slots could be annoying , as it needs Zune if u want to connect to it.
I obtained an early Samsung Chromebook from Gilt and am a little disappointed there is no information about using a local wireless network printer. I see the cloud print option, but I would rather just keep the network traffic local to my LAN (and not have to buy something new). Is there a way to just configure my local TCP/IP printer (like we can in Linux)?
Not that I know of... We have an older HP wireless printer and a single Windows notebook. I setup Google Cloud print and we can easily print from either of our two Chromebooks as the Windows computer is turned on. If you don't like that I have a feeling you'll be sneaker-netting your documents to another computer. There are wireless printers that are Google Cloud printer ready out of the box and that seems like the route to go when you do a printer replacement. As far as I know there is no way to install local printer or scanner to a Chromebook - storage seems like the only easy device to attach. ChromeOS follows the old KISS approach and I like it that way...
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