HP Chromebox Turns Any Screen into a Chrome PC

Want to put Google's Chrome OS in your pocket? HP's upcoming Chromebox makes it possible, packing Chrome PC functionality within an extra-portable device that will release this spring.

The HP Chromebox is a compact 5-inch-wide brick designed to work with most monitors. While the price is yet undisclosed, the Chromebox sports both a DisplayPort and HDMI port for dual monitors. It can be wall-mounted with a built-in VESA mount. The stylish, matte-finished PC will ship in black, white and teal.

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Details are currently scarce on the mini-PC's specs, but we do know the Chromebox will ship with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor.

HP isn't the only manufacturer with a Chromebox in its pocket. Shipping in March, the ASUS Chromebox will be available with either a Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel Core i3-4010U, or Intel Core i7-4600U processor. The device will have 16GB of internal storage, with the option of 2GB or 4GB of RAM.

The ASUS Chromebox starts at $179. We hope to see HP's Chromebox launch within a similar price range.

Google's Chrome OS is designed for the always-online user, packing minimal onboard storage and a host of common Google apps including Google Drive and Gmail. The Chrome OS-based Chromebooks are popular for ease of use and affordability, and the coming wave of Chromeboxes will make the operating system more travel-ready than ever.

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Mike Andronico is Senior Writer at CNNUnderscored. He was formerly Managing Editor at Tom's Guide, where he wrote extensively on gaming, as well as running the show on the news front. When not at work, you can usually catch him playing Street Fighter, devouring Twitch streams and trying to convince people that Hawkeye is the best Avenger.