Google, Asus Unveil $1,000 Chromebox for Videoconferencing

Paul Lilly

Video meetings made easy

Asus and Google are quickly becoming BFFs. As you already know, Asus is the one that builds Google's 7-inch Nexus tablet, and earlier this week, Asus announced plans to release a Chromebox starting at $179 in March. Google has now taken the higher end version -- the one with a Core i7 processor -- and is targeting businesses with a Chromebox bundle that's supposed to make videoconferencing easy.

It's called Chromebox for meetings and it includes an Asus Chromebox, Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) camera with Carl Zeiss lens, microphone/speaker combo, and a RF remote control with a full QWERTY keypad on the back. The package starts at $1,000 and includes the first year's $250 management and support fee.

Google says you can set up your entire room in just minutes and easily manage all meeting rooms from a web-based management console, provided you have a display in your room. To join a meeting, you just click the remote and you're in -- there are no complex dial-in codes, passcodes, or leader PINs to fuss with.

Up to 15 people can participate in the video meeting from other conference rooms, their laptops, tablets, or smartphones, Google says. If a customer doesn't use Chromebox, they can still connect via Gmail or by using traditional video conferencing systems using a new tool from Vidyo. A customer can also opt to join via phone with a conference call number from UberConference.

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