HP Chromebox coming in June

HP’s first desktop designed to run Google Chrome OS should hit the streets in June. Google and Intel made the announcement during a Chrome event today, providing an update on the HP Chromebox which was first unveiled in February.

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The HP Chromebox has HDMI and DisplayPort, supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and features 4 USB 3.0 ports. It has an Intel Haswell processor.

Intel says HP Chromebox devices will be available to consumers, but they’re also expected to be used as video conferencing and digital signage devices, among other things.

HP isn’t the first company to offer a Chrome desktop. The company joins Samsung, LG, and Asus in offering Chromebox or Chromebase systems.

  • mthiker52

    well, besides the different color options, this chomebox has same specs that the ASUS chromebox has available now on Amazon for $179. In fact ASUS has just offered the more robust I3 chromebox also, but at a higher price of about $400. So, HP is late to the chromebox game, and if they screw up and price their units higher than ASUS, well…..good luck. FYI, I have been waiting for the HP chromebox units before I pull the trigger on a chromebox, and if they are same $$ as ASUS I may buy one, in turquoise! haha…

  • phissith

    Tempting but why get this if you can get a Window 8 tablet for about the same price and connect that to a monitor?? I don’t get it. With full Windows 8 like Dell Venue 8 or other similar priced. This way if you need itune, or run adobe etc. you got it all!

    • Mike

      You can get a Windows 8 tablet for $180 ? That’s what my ASUS Chromebox cost.

    • Xoan Xose

      Yep, like so many, you certainly don’t get it. Maybe you can show me a Windows tablet at that price with three or four USB 3.0 full size ports, 2 full digital outputs, full SD card slot, large hard drive [if you want to upgrade, you can on this thing] not to mention the tablet is not as neat to use as desktop, don’t get me started with dpi issues. Also, not everyone wants to run Windows all the time, I know I don’t. And all this from someone who has a Windows 10 tablet (HP Omni, which I love) but will be buying an Asus Chromebox when (if ever) it’s available in the UK. And you get 200gb free storage for two years (if I’m not mistaken) on Google Drive. 4k support, I could go on…

      • Rex Xu

        I agree with you completely, the main thing about the Chromebox is the price point. It is a tradeoff that alot of software is only being developed for Windows and that Chrome OS lacks native appications, but with a $300 difference (compared to a barebones BRIX system, not including cost of OS, hard drive, etc.) it is really worth it. Yet this wouldn’t be able to completely replace my main running machine as it lacks capabilities such as any type of media production / editing (other than a handfull of online applications that quite frankly don’t work well at all). Still, I can see this used as on a day to day basis, but would prefer a smaller size…

    • mthiker52

      hmmmm, guess the main reason is to not do windows anymore. I have a W7 HP notebook and since I got a chromebook, the W7 notebook has been shutdown and in a drawer for last year. Guess I will have to sell it on craigslist soon before it becomes worthless! Of course, I am not working for the man anymore and hopefully will never have to use MS Office programs the rest of my life! yah baby!

      • phissith

        I still think Bay Trail chip is fast enough for most and Window 8 boot very fast! I guess my point is I could buy Dell Venue 8 when is it on sale, the price point is similar. But the pluses for me is that fact that for similar price I get a tablet with touch screen and portability versus just a non-window base OS in a laptop form. And you are right, I don’t hate windows…not yet! Us for storage or USB well there are always external USB and SDcards, that will kill the portability but hey its this versus carry a laptop….so its really up to preference but I still think in Tablet Window 8 form I get the best bang for my bucks and have all my bases covered.

    • Captain Megaton

      For the sake of argument, lets peg a Dell 8″ Win8 tablet and mid-range hp Chromebox at $299, both connected to a monitor. Which is the better choice?

      Dell: full windows compatibility, but very low performance.

      hp: clean, fast, maintenance free Chrome OS experience.

      I think it simply comes down to how much you need Windows vs. how much you hate Windows.

  • Mike

    Intel apparently is providing the Chromebox reference design to everyone for free. I bought the $180 ASUS Chromebox a few months ago when it first came out & it’s awesome. Now I’m using it for all of my internet browsing & email — I got burned on that last Java exploit & I’m sick & tired of constantly fighting the virus / malware war. It’s pretty zippy with its 22nm Haswell-based dual core Celeron & averages <10W.

  • Doug

    >>phissith What’s to get? The object of Chrome anything is to get rid of microsoft. My Asus i3 came two hours ago and I’m hooked. It’s so quiet sitting there on the desk, all 25 square inches of it. As soon as I powered up the latest version of Chrome downloaded and away I went. For me, the future is non-windows.

  • EM4AN

    Chromeboxes make sense for certain business use cases (call centers, for example). As the devices improve, more and more businesses will find groups of employees or even entire departments that can enjoy the benefits that Chromeboxes offer, such as ease of use, quick start-up, etc.

    Not all businesses can give up on Windows applications, however. While Google does have alternatives to Microsoft Office, many companies have legacy Windows-based applications that are not easily converted to cloud or web-based. However, there are solutions, based on HTML5 technology, that allow browser-based access to such applications. For example, Ericom’s AccessNow HTML5 RDP solution enables Chromebox users to securely connect to Terminal Server or VDI virtual destops (or almost any RDP host) and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

    AccessNow does not require any installation on the Chromebox, so it’s easy to deploy and manage.

    For an online demo open your Chrome browser and visit:
    http://www.ericom.com/demo_AccessNow.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom.