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Are mainstream users ready to live primarily in the cloud? With all the Chrome OS devices coming out (along with the ones that are already available), this year will be a good litmus test for the platform. Joining the ranks of those offering a desktop solution is HP, the world's second largest PC maker, which plans to launch a Chromebox in the spring. HP's Chromebox will initially debut in the U.S., though the OEM is mum on the price.
For now, HP just wants to let the world know it's willing to look beyond Windows, if that's indeed what customers want. The HP Chromebox will come in a variety of color options -- Smoke, Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White, and Twinkle Black -- so that it can blend in with your surroundings. Alternately, you can hide the HP Chromebox out of sight by attaching it to the back of a monitor using standard VESA mounts.
A full spec sheet isn't available, though HP says its Chromebox will sport a Haswell processor inside, noting that "there's also a version of our Chromebox that is Chromebox for meetings with a 4th gen Intel Core i7 processor." We're guessing that means the standard version will rock a Celeron processor.
It will also have HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, Bluetooth, and four USB 3.0 ports. If you'd like to be notified when it becomes available, you can submit your info to HP.