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Acer introduces Chromebox CXI PC family starting at $179.99

August 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sean Portnoy / ZDNet

Summary: The company is the latest to attempt to bring Google's Chrome OS to the desktop.

While Chromebooks have enjoyed substantial success in the mobile market, even spawning Windows competitors, companies have had less luck with Chromeboxes, which bring Google's Chrome OS to the desktop. Like their laptop counterparts, Chromeboxes don't offer much in the way of specs, but don't really require them and, as a result, can be sold for dirt cheap. But whether users don't see the same need for Chrome's simplicity in a traditional PC form factor, or it's the latest sign of desktops' fading popularity, Chromeboxes have been few and far between.

Samsung was out in front of the pack, but more recently, Asus and HP have tried their hands at Chromeboxes (not to mention LG's Chromebase all-in-one Chrome PC). Now one of the leading Chromebook makers, Acer, is trying its hand at a desktop Chrome computer. The company has just launched its Chromebox CXI family composed of a pair of configurations.

Unlike some of the existing Chromeboxes that resemble Apple's Mac Mini, the Chromebox CXI is more vertically oriented, while still remaining compact enough (6.5x5.1x1.3 inches) to be mounted to the back of a monitor if desired. Both CXI models make use of Intel's Celeron 2957U processor and come with a 16GB solid-state drive (with an SD card slot allowing an additional 32GB of removable capacity), but differ when it comes to memory: The CXI-2GK includes 2GB of RAM, while the CXI-4GKM doubles that amount.

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