Update brings docked mode support to Chrome OS

Laptops offer mobility, but there is nothing like a full desktop set-up when using your computer at home or at an office. For those who seek the best of both worlds, the best option would be to get a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Hooking all of these to a laptop can turn it into a desktop computer of sorts, but Chrome OS lacked this functionality until the latest Chrome OS Dev update.


Chrome OS Dev users can now hook their Chromebooks to a monitor and close the lid. Docked mode will stop the chromebook from being suspended when the lid is closed. The laptop’s computer would act as your CPU, turning off the screen and giving you a full desktop experience.

This is the way I currently work with my Mac when I am at home. I have to say I love the larger screen, and I can just unplug everything and take off when I need to work on-the-go. You can even take a wireless keyboard and HDMI chord to your travels and use your hotel TV as a computer. How would you use docked mode? Do you ever find the need for it?

[Source: Chromium Via: Fran├žois Beaufort]

  • Jitesh Ganage

    How about using an android phone in docked mode to view chrome os on big screen. Oh never gonna need to buy a desktop again. May be you could have miracast + Wireless Charging dock with bluetooth support for keyboard and trackpad.

  • mcastleton928

    This is pretty cool. I just discovered this function on my Samsung Chromebook Laptop. I have it hooked up to my HDTV via VGA and an HDMI adapter. It now works like a charm. I have to use VGA because my HDTV does not give me the option to turn off overscan, so HDMI doesn’t really work. However, it works great now that I have an HDMI-to-VGA adapter, which allows me to use it via VGA, which doesn’t use overscan. Also, the adapter I purchased allows for the sound to be split off from the HDMI output via audio out, which allows it to be plugged into my TV’s Audio In connector. I also have a wireless keyboard/mouse combination hooked up to it, so, essentially, my laptop has become my home computer. This is a pretty cool function that I did not know existed.