Chromebox

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Chromebox
Samsung Chromebox.JPG
A connected Samsung Chromebox
ManufacturerSamsung; Asus; Hewlett-Packard
IntroducedMay 29, 2012
Cost$179-$999
ProcessorIntel Celeron, Core i5, Core i7
Memory2GB-4GB
PortsUSB 2.0/3.0, DisplayPort++
 
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Chromebox
Samsung Chromebox.JPG
A connected Samsung Chromebox
ManufacturerSamsung; Asus; Hewlett-Packard
IntroducedMay 29, 2012
Cost$179-$999
ProcessorIntel Celeron, Core i5, Core i7
Memory2GB-4GB
PortsUSB 2.0/3.0, DisplayPort++

A Chromebox is a personal computer running Google's Chrome OS operating system. The device is the desktop equivalent of the Chromebook laptop.

Functionality[edit]

Chromeboxes, like other Chrome OS devices, primarily support a single application, a browser, thereby relying heavily on an Internet connection for software functionality and data storage. That connection, via a local area network, can be wireless or through an Ethernet port.

The machines are classed as small form-factor PCs and typically feature a power switch and a set of connections to support a keyboard, pointing device and one or more monitors. Solid state drives are used for storage, and only wireless printers are supported. The first Chromebox, released by Samsung on May 29, 2012, ran a dual-core Intel Celeron Processor 867 at 1.3 GHz, and featured six USB 2.0 ports and two DisplayPort++ slots compatible with HDMI, DVI, and VGA.[1]

In February 2014, Google bundled an Asus Chromebox with a business video conferencing package that also included a 1080p high definition camera module, external microphone/speaker and a remote control. The package retailed for $999 plus a $250 annual management fee, waived the first year—a cost thousands of dollars less than other unified videoconferencing systems, including those from Cisco and Polycom. The Chromebox system employed a Google Hangouts-like interface for up to 15 participants, a dedicated URL for sharing screens, and management accounts for scheduling meetings.[2][3][4]

In March 2014, Asus entered the Chromebox market at the low end with a compact, 1.32 pound model retailing at $179, featuring a Celeron CPU and two USB 3.0 ports.[1][5][6] Yahoo Tech columnist David Pogue called the Asus device among the smallest, "least-expensive desktop computers ever sold", likening it to a Smart car. "You won’t be hauling lumber from Home Depot in it, but it’s a terrific deal—and most days, it’ll get you where you want to go."[7] In May, Asus released a faster model with an Intel Core i3 processor.[8]

Hewlett-Packard intends to enter the market in the spring of 2014 with a 5-inch square Chromebox in black, white or teal, powered by an Intel Core i7 processor.[9]

Models[edit]

AvailableBrandModelProcessorRAMStorageSize
2012-05SamsungSeries 3 XE300M22-A01USCeleron B8404 GB16 GB SSD1.3″×7.6″×7.6″
2013-01[10]Series 3 XE300M22-A02USIntel Core i5-2450M
2013-03Series 3 XE300M22-B01USCeleron B8404 GB16 GB SSD1.57"×8.10"×8.10"
2013-02GoogleChromebox for MeetingsIntel Core i7
2014-3[1]AsusChromebox-400MU1.4 GHz Celeron 2955U2GB16GB M2 SSD4.88 × 4.88 × 1.65 in (124 × 124 × 42 mm)
2014-5Chromebox-M075UIntel Core i3-4010U2GB/4GB

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cunningham, Andrew (March 26, 2014). "Review: Asus crafts a tiny $179 Chromebox out of cheap, low-power parts". Ars Technica. 
  2. ^ Hachman, Mark (February 6, 2014). "Google's next hardware push: Chromebox videoconferencing for businesses". PCWorld. 
  3. ^ "For Meetings: Chromebox, plus everyting you need for video meetings". Google. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Liedtke, Michael (February 6, 2014). "Google debuts videoconferencing tool, battling Cisco and Polycom". San Jose Mercury News. 
  5. ^ "Chromebox". Chromebox specifications. Asus. 
  6. ^ Domingo, Joel Santo. "Asus Chromebox M004U". PCMag.com. Ziff Davis. 
  7. ^ Pogue, David (March 14, 2014). "Asus Chromebox: A Tiny, Cheap, Very Useful Computer". Yahoo Tech. Yahoo. 
  8. ^ Linder, Brad (May 5, 2014). "Asus Chromebox with Core i3 Haswell now available". 
  9. ^ Andronico, Michael (February 6, 2014). "HP Chromebox Turns Any Screen into a Chrome PC". Tom's Guide. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Linder, Brad (January 14, 2013). "Samsung Chromebox with Intel Core i5 now available for $400 and up 01/14/2013". Liliputing.