There are plenty of mini PC options in the Windows space, but does anyone remember that Chromeboxes exist? For those who care, Acer is expanding its Chromebox CXI line with a couple of new models that have been upgraded with Intel's 4th Generation Core i3 4030U dual-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz (3MB cache, Hyper Threading support, 15W TDP), a speedy replacement for the Celeron chips that power the existing models.
The netbook revolution was, at the time of it inception, an all-Linux affair, with there being plenty of talk of Linux finally emerging as a serious alternative to Windows in the eyes of mainstream PC users. However, all such talk quickly disappeared when the first Windows-running devices invaded the segment and made it their own in no time at all. Tablets may have derailed the netbook bandwagon, but Linux has managed to claw its way back into contention in the laptop segment with Google Chromebooks. Now, if the search engine giant has its way, its Linux-based cloud OS could end up replicating that same success in the desktop category as well.
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.
Previously, Chrome OS devices were guaranteed four years’ worth of software support
Google has updated its Chrome OS End of Life (EOL) policy, extending the minimum EOL term to five years. Many Chrome OS device owners have already received an email apprising them of the change from the search engine giant.
The Chrome OS-powered mini desktop PC Asus announced last month is now up for preorder from online retailers in the States. The $179 Asus Chromebox-M004U, which is the Taiwan-based company’s first stab at a Chrome OS-based desktop, is one of three SKUs announced by the company.
Google's army of Chrome OS devices continues to grow
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.
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.
Asus has revealed that it is releasing its own Chromebox. With a starting retail price of $179 the small, compact device, measuring 4.88x4.88x1.65-inches, will give users access to Google’s web services and web store.
Unfazed by the general public’s poor response to first-generation Chrome OS hardware, Google and Samsung have introduced a couple of new devices featuring the cloud-based OS. The Series 5 550 is an update to last year’s Series 5 chromebook, whereas the Series 3 Chromebox is the first of its kind.
Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS was seen as a threat to Windows by some (highly excitable) people when the search giant first talked about it in 2009. This was especially thought to be a possibility where the limited computing needs of the less tech savvy were concerned. That threat, however, never materialized. But Google isn’t ready to give up yet. It’s now trying to convince PC vendors to begin selling desktops with the cloud-based OS.