HP Readies a Chromebox for a Spring Release

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Paper Jam

I might be the only one, but I think a Chromebox makes more sense than a Chromebook. At least you would not have the temptation to take it somewhere without internet and expect it to still work.

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Eoraptor

At this point Chromium and Android are really starting to overlap... What does the Big G intend to do about that I wonder? I mean, I know they're both based loosely around linux; but neither is really close enough to be fused easily with the other.

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RandomInt

"Alternately, you can hide the HP Chromebox out of sight by attaching it to the back of a monitor using standard VESA mounts."

What's the point of buying a Twinkle Black Chromebox if you can't show it off?

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Baer

Why would you show off a Chromebook? Hmmmm, I guess there were those that showed off their Yugo's however

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LatiosXT

That is the point of a tiny computer.

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AFDozerman

It's funny, I still haven't seen a single Chromebook(box) in the wild. Has anyone else?

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Baer

Yes, I had one student bring one in to a computer help lab wondering why it would not do some things. They had no idea that it was not just a normal but low priced notebook.

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vrmlbasic

I have not.

If I found one on a college campus as a "to use" computer, I'd be pissed as it is nigh useless. A CS major trying to code on a Chromebook, especially a locked-down campus chromebook, would be brutal.

Shoot, given the proliferation of MATLAB in every level of undergrad mathemetics even those lib art majors could be shafted by the chromebook. There is literally no reason to get a chromebook instead of a cheap Windows laptop.

I find it fascinating that Chromebook runs flash but Android, unless you unofficially install it on your pre-KitKat install, does not.

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jason2393

I've seen plenty of Chromebooks (great for taking notes and updating Facebook during college classes), but I've never seen a Chromebox. I'm not so sure about how useful those are...

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LatiosXT

I could see this useful in school computer labs that aren't needed for a specific purpose (i.e., those in the library or a student activities center, not the engineering or science lab), since most of the time they're used is to go on the internet and check things out.

I believe Chrome OS has a few apps for document editing and the like if they really need to do that, but it's rare these days college students don't have their own computer of sorts for that work.

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vrmlbasic

The problem with that is the engineering and science students might need to use the computers in the "general purpose" labs to do their assignments and if those general purpose computers are chromebooks than they'll be SOL.

Licensing issues aside (might have to use software that the student can't be expected to have) when a student pays the heinously high cost of tuition today he shouldn't have to provide his own laptop to get his work done b/c the campus decided to stock up on utterly-useless Chromebooks.

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LatiosXT

Honestly, you shouldn't be doing most of your work anyway on a school computer. It's not guaranteed you'll have access to one. And regarding licenses, many engineering and computing tools that classes require you to have either already exist in sufficient quantities in the lab or are readily available for free or at a really good student discount. I never had to pay a single licensing fee for any of the engineering tools I used for school, and the ones I couldn't get were already in the labs with ready availability.

But yeah, you shouldn't be living off a thumb drive and school computers.

And ChromeOS has plenty of offline office apps, which is about the only required thing a general student access computer should have, aside from an internet browser. Aside from that, students can't really screw up ChromeOS because it's so limiting.

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vrmlbasic

It is wholly unreasonably to countenance a university buying computers that are so useless-as a Chromebook is-that they cannot perform the functions necessary for the work assigned in the university's classes. Again, why not just buy Windows laptops that can do so much more, including everything that a Chromebook can do? The cost difference is not that favorable for the Chromebook and a Windows computer wouldn't force a student to both have and use a Google account.

The argument that students should bring their own laptops isn't a justification for the chromebook but rather an argument against the universities providing any computers for student use. :(

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AFDozerman

College makes sense, I guess.

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PCLinuxguy

Schools and Libraries seem like a good place for these kinds of machines.

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vrmlbasic

K-12 shouldn't have a chromebook as that would be teaching kids to use a system that does not exist in the real world. We already have a "tech literacy" problem, no need to compound it by having students even less skilled in Windows, OS X and "real" Linux than they already are.

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Baer

For K-12 I do think a Chromebook or box would be a better choice than an iPad.

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ohsnaps1104

The high school I went to the students are now issued a Macbook, with the Prey software installed on it. All homework is now done through Moodle. From what I've heard they have to put a deposit on the Laptop, pay for any damages caused to the device, and then at the end of the year they have the option to purchase it at 1300.

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AFDozerman

Really? That just pisses me off.