Acer is one of Google’s most reliable partners in distributing Chrome OS. Recently, the Taiwanese producer launched another Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook C720. Basically, this is an improved version of the initial launch. The Intel i3 processor brings real power to the rather basic computing machine.
On Thursday, Acer announced its first desktop Chromebook. The Acer Chromebox CXI will be available only in the U.S. and Canada, as no news about a future worldwide release has been released.
“The Acer Chromebox CXI is an excellent fit for schools or businesses where conserving costs and space are high priorities,” said Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group. “Due to the ease of management, the Chromebox can significantly reduce technical support and consequently lower the total cost of ownership,” he said.
Acer Chromebox CXI offers fast performance for a low price
The company claims that the Acer Chromebox CXI can boot in just 8 seconds. Moreover, it can return from sleeping mode instantly. The ultrabook like performance is achieved primarily due to the 16 GB SSD.
The spec list continues with the Intel Celeron 2957 Haswell. Clients have two RAM options, either 2 or 4 GB capacity. The device comes in a very compact form with dimensions of just 6.51 x 5.12 x 1.3-inches. Even so, the Chromebox CXI is equipped with 4 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet slot. The computer can be linked to a display through to options, the Display Port and HDMI.
Fortunately, the PC comes with enough wireless communication capacity. Both WI-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are present on the Acer Chromebox CXI. A feature that separates Acer’s product from the other Chrom-based systems is the presence of a security chip, the TPM 1.2. Each Acer Chromebox CXI comes with its own dedicated keyboard and mouse.
Some environments have multiple users accessing their desktops and Chrome offers a solution aimed at tackling privacy issues. The ‘Powerwash’ option allows users to clear all local data fast and easy.
So how much does this package cost? In the U.S. the Acer Chromebox CXI will be sold for $180 for the 2 GB of RAM version. For the 4 GB of RAM version customers will pay an extra $40, reaching a final $240 price.As the company declares, the Acer Chromebox CXI targets budget-conscious consumers, as well as educational institutions and small businesses.