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Dell Chromebox for Meetings

January 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Joel Santo Domingo / PC Magazine

The Dell Chromebox for Meetings ($999 as tested) is a turnkey videoconferencing system that works with Google's Apps for Business. It's meant to replace the proprietary video conferencing system in your meeting room that you've been wrestling with for the past decade. It works well as a conferencing system for SMBs up to enterprise level, but you'll still need your desktops or laptops handy if you want to do more than simply talk to each other.


Design and Features
The Chromebox for Meetings $999.00 at Dell measures a compact 1.75 by 5 by 5 inches (HWD), and is made of matte-black polycarbonate. It's almost identical in size and appearance to the Asus Chromebox M004U $159.00 at Amazon and the standard Dell Chromebox, though the Asus desktop has its power switch on the side instead of on the top like the Dell systems. The Asus and Dell Chromeboxes sit on a desk horizontally, while other mini PCs like the Acer Chromebox CXI-4GKM $222.99 at Amazon sit vertically.

The Chromebox for Meetings comes with a VESA mounting bracket, so you can mount it behind a large-screen display or HDTV. The system has a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the front, with an SD card and Kensington lock port on the left side. On the back, you'll find a DisplayPort, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a headset jack, and two more USB 3.0 ports. Wireless connections include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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