Acer is launching its first desktop computer powered by Google’s Chrome OS. The Acer Chromebox CXI Series will be available in the US and Canada starting in late September, and Acer is targeting education and business customers, but the computers will be available for anyone interested in a cheap, small Chrome OS computer.
An Acer Chromebox CXI with 2GB of RAM will sell for $180 (or $199 in Canada), while a 4GB model will sell for $220 in the US and $239 in Canada.
Both models feature an Intel Celeron 2957U Haswell processor, 16GB of solid state storage, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and n SD card reader. The systems have HDMI and DisplayPort output and come with a mouse and keyboard optimized for Chrome OS.
The Acer Chromebox also features a TPM 1.2 chip for data encryption and other security features.
Rivals HP and Asus also offer Chromeboxes, but those models feature Celeron 2955U Haswell chips and at least the entry-level models lack TPM chips.