Chromebox: the mini desktop for companies in the cloud

The Chromebox is a new miniature desktop from Samsung and Google. It runs Google’s Chrome OS (version 19) and is aimed at businesses operating in the cloud.

Chromebox

If your business is primarily based online – you use Gmail, Google Docs, etc. – this may just be the desktop solution for you. The desktop is powerful enough for standard workplace needs like email and document editing, and the multiple-tab browsing issues that affected the earlier Chromebooks have been worked out. The price is quite decent too, at $329 a unit plus a $150 support fee.

Its most comparable competitor is the Mac mini, which is more of a traditional computer (the Chromebox has rather limited local storage) and is a good bit more expensive. Unlike the mini, it has a DVI port in back, and two USB ports in the front, which add to the usability. The full list of features appears below:

  • Intel® Celeron® Processor
  • 16 GB SSD drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Built-in dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2x DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)
  • DVI single link output
  • Bluetooth 3.0™ Compatible
  • Kensington™ key lock compatible

The Chromebox is definitely worth a look. Looking ahead, this may be the precursor to a new trend in ultra-low-cost, portable, cloud-oriented desktops.

by Sharon Campbell

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