updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
Small Chromebox CXI runs Chrome OS, mountable behind monitor
Acer has revealed a new Chromebox, just over a week after the computer manufacturer unveiled a new Chromebook. The Chromebox CXI is a compact Chrome OS-based desktop computer small enough to be hidden behind a monitor on VESA mounts, with the device having a footprint of 6.5 inches by 5.1 inches, and a thickness of 1.3 inches.
Using a Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor clocked at 1.4GHz, it ships with 16GB of SSD storage with SD card expansion, and a choice of 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Acer has also built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, HDMI and DisplayPort video out, a combination audio jack, and four USB 3.0 ports, two of which remain powered when the Chromebox is switched off, allowing it to be used to charge connected mobile devices.
Acer is aiming toward the education and enterprise markets with the Chromebook CXI, highlighting its eight-second boot time and software functions making it suitable for large numbers of users. A Powerwash setting lets IT teams remove all data stored from the device, returning it to factory settings, while the web-based Google Management Console will help deploy apps to multiple Chrome OS devices remotely, with apps being automatically updated every six weeks.
The Chromebox CXI will go on sale next month, with the 2GB model priced at $180 and $199 CAD in the United States and Canada respectively, while the 4GB version will sell for $220 or $239 CAD.