Users who are looking to bring Google's browser-centric Chrome OS to the living room will soon have an attractive and powerful choice in the HP Chromebox. Scheduled to launch sometime in June, HP has peeled back the curtain to reveal a few more details on its tiny desktop unit.
Starting around $200, the diminutive desktop box weighs 1.39 pounds and measures 5 x 4.9 x 1.5-inches, putting it in same size class as the ASUS Chromebox and the Gigabyte BRIX. If you're looking for a splash of color, HP will be offering the Chromebox in Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black.
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The Chromebox will be offered in two varieties when it launches. The first iteration will feature an 1.4-GHz Intel Celeron 2955U CPU while the other will pack a much more powerful 2.1-GHz Intel Core i7-4600 CPU. Depending on the model, the Chromebox will have either 2GB of RAM or 8GB.
Chrome enthusiasts can expect both configurations to pack a 16GB SSD, Gigabit Ethernet, a SDXC card reader, HDMI and a DisplayPort. In terms of networks, the Chromebox will feature a 802.11 b/g/n/ 2x2 Wi-Si setup with Bluetooth 4.0 capability. The box is also outfitted with 4 USB 3.0 ports which should accommodate just about every peripheral you could think of.
We look forward to bringing your our full review of the HP Chromebox.