Acer Announces Compact Chromebox CXI Series Starting at $180

Paul Lilly

Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS

Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America . Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.

Housed in a compact 0.6 liter (6.41 x 5.12 x 1.3 inches) chassis that stands upright and is VESA mountable, the Chromebox CXI makes the most out of its space by offering fast boot up times in around 8 seconds and near-instant resume from sleep mode.

Acer plans to launch two Chromebox CXI models, the first of which is the CXI-2GKM with an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (supports up to 8GB), 16GB solid state drive, SD card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GbE LAN, four USB 3.0 ports (including one with power off charging for smartphones and tablets), DisplayPort and HDMI output, and of course Google's Chrome OS.

The second model is the CXI-4GKM. It boasts the same specs, save for the RAM, which gets doubled to 4GB.

Both the CXI-2GKM and CXI-4GKM will be available next month for $180 and $220, respectively.

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