Acer is expanding its line of Chromebox desktop computers with Google’s Chrome operating system. A few months ago the company started offering models with Intel Celeron processors for $180 and up. Now Acer is launching models with Intel Core i3 Haswell chips for $350 and up.
The new Acer Chromebox CXI-i34KGM features an Intel Core i3-4030U dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage and sells for $350.
There’s also an Acer Chromebox XXI-i38KGM model with 8GB of RAM and a $400 price tag.
Both models feature 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports (including two that can charge a phone or tablet even when the Chromebox is turned off), a microSD card slot, and HDMI output with support for 4K displays.
Like most Chromeboxes, the the Acer CXI is a compact PC with a case that measures just 6.8″ x 5.5″ x 2.3″.
Acer isn’t the only company to offer a Chrome OS desktop with a Core i3 Haswell processor. Dell and Asus also have models with similar chips. But Acer is one of the first companies I’m aware of to offer a model with 8GB of RAM.