Monday, December 10, 2012
Video Cable for 550 Chromebook - Finally
Posted by Harold L. Shaw
For now it just mirrors my Chromebook's screen, but I have heard rumors that the ability to extend the screen is in the pipeline.
Personally, I really like an extended screen setup, especially when I am writing a blog post or when I am trying to follow multiple social media accounts.
Over the course of the past couple of weeks I have attempted to get the correct video adapter for my Chromebook to my VGA monitor and even though I asked on the Google Chromebook Group, Twitter and Google+, I didn't receive any response to my queries. So I had to use the shotgun method and hope that one of the cable worked that I ordered.
I even complained about it in my What I Don't Like About My Chromebook post with no responses.
So where did I find this elusive adapter - Amazon.com
BestDealUSA Displayport DP Male To VGA Female Adapter Cable Converter it was $8.22 plus shipping.
This has been one of those exercises in frustration, it shouldn't be that difficult to find the correct adapter/dongle/cable for a laptop that you purchase. Even going to the Samsung website, where the Chromebook Ninja sent me, (because they told me the wrong information as well), didn't give me the correct one.
Now that this small issue is solved I am much happier and will be ready for when the Chromebook can do extended displays. This is a small thing, but peripherals and cables should be readily identified on the manufacturer's website.
It is little things like this that diminish the user's experience when using a new device and could possibly cause the new Chromebook owner to question, why they should bother getting one. Even with a few of "little" quirks that I have run into since I have bought my 550, it has quickly become my primary computer and I don't even have any desire to go back and use my Mac or a PC.
I guess I enjoy the challenge of learning how how to master use a Chromebook computer.
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