Last year when Chromebook (with Chrome OS) was launched it got mixed reviews – While many discounted it, there are some who felt it was the future of computing – Always online, on-cloud computing.
Google today announced next step in the Google Chrome OS journey – They have upgraded Chromebook with new hardware, a major software update and many more robust apps. More significantly, they have announced Chromebox. It could be termed as the desktop version of Chromebook.
Unlike traditional Desktop PC’s, Chromebox is ultra portable – The Chromebox is small enough to put on a desk, in a bookshelf or next to the couch. It has built-in Wi-Fi, which means you can place it in the furthest corners of your home or office without worrying about extra cables.
Weighing just about 1 kg, the Chromebox is not only portable, but offers blazingly fast speeds. Powered by Dual Core processor, It boots up in about 7 seconds. Unlike Chromebook, it carries a Solid State Drive of 16 GB providing much faster access to data.
Chromebox Key Specifications
- 1.9 GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor (2 MB cache)
- 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD)
- 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; maximum)
- Intel HD Graphics
- Built-in 2-watt mono speaker
- Dimensions and Weight: 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.28 inches (WxDxH); 2.64 pounds
Wireless & Networking
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
- Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Connectivity & Expansion
- 6 standard USB 2.0 ports (4 rear, 2 front)
- 2 Display Port video outputs
- DVI video output
- Microphone and headphone combo jack
Chromebox supports up to two 30’’ monitors and is HD compatible. It also comes with Optional pack of custom Chrome keyboard and mouse.
Chromebook has also been upgraded to match Chromebox specifications and features.
Chromebook / Chromebox Video
The new Chromebox is currently only available in US and UK and is priced at USD 329.99. It will be released in other countries in coming weeks. No word on whether it will be launched in India or not.
What do you think? Will these always-on-cloud devices be popular with consumers?