The HP Chromebox is a tiny desktop computer designed to run Google’s Chrome operating system. But big things come in small packages, and HP plans to offer at least two versions of the device: one with an Intel Celeron 2955U processor and a more powerful system with an Intel Core i7-4600U chip.

HP hasn’t said much about its upcoming Chromebox line since revealing the product earlier this year. But new details have popped up on the company’s Canadian and Latin American websites in advance of the HP Chromebox’s launch in June.

HP Chromebox

Here’s what to expect from the HP Chromebox:

  • Celeron or Core i7 Haswell CPU
  • 16GB of solid state storage
  • 2GB to 8GB of RAM, depending on the model
  • SDXC card reader
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11b/g/n 2×2 WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1 HDMI port, 1 DIsplayPort
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • mic/headset jack

The Core i7 model has two SODIMM slots, while there’s only one memory slot in the Celeron model.

The desktop measures about 5″ x 4.9″ x 1.5″ which puts it into the same class of computers as the Asus Chromebox, Intel NUC, and Gigabyte BRIX line of systems. All of these are full-fledged desktop computers that are small enough to easily hold in one hand… although you’ll need a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to really use this 1.39 pounds system.

If retail listings dug up by the folks at Mobile Geeks are anything to go by, it looks like the Celeron model will retail for around $200 while the Core i7 version (which is likely a “Chromebox for Meetings” system aimed at enterprise users) will sell for around $600 and up.

HP Spec Sheet

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12 replies on “Say hello to the HP Chromebox”

  1. everybody’s forgetting to mention that the Asus intel base model chromebox has two memory slots while the hp has only one….so the asus is fully upgradable to 16 GB..RAM…don’t get me wrong I love HP products but I think the Asus chromebox is a better buy..ram memory and harddrive are fully upgradeable…

  2. Nice form factor and features

    Would make a nice HTPC with the i7….if only it had a more media friendly OS like Linux/Android or even Windows

  3. Even if you are using a dot matrix okidata printer, you can still print to it via printer share no different than sharing that printer with any other computer not physically connected to the printer. Most printers made in the last 4 years are capable if cloud printing, particularly HP they call it eprint. Its just simplifying the setup by making the printer not need drivers to print. Any person you share that printer with once configured with your gmail account will be able to print from anything and anywhere. I have yet to connect a cable to my printer. Anything I need done I just email it to the printer email address.

  4. Question:
    So when do you think that everyone is going to discover that you can’t use any of the printers you own, or which are commonly available, WITH A CHROME COMPUTER?

    When the press starts making a POINT of exposing this ridiculous flaw in the Chromebook/Chromebox.

    Are you people being “paid off” to try and keep this a secret?

    1. Having just encountered this, yeah it sucks, but I can see why it’s been done and that it’s a good thing overall. Connecting a printer to a computer is a traditionally painful experience, nothing ever just plugs in and works out of the box and you still need to buy specific printers to get Mac OS support let alone linux drivers (Mum’s PC runs ubuntu and I never managed to get scanning working, the drivers that worked for generic printing were the third ones we tried, etc).

      So, since connecting printers to computers is proving so tricky, why not just connect printers to the internet? They can already connect to wifi networks and do relatively heavy processing on images found on SD cards, so why not point them at a web page that feeds them whatever needs printing? No direct connection to a computer, no compatibility issues, if the website/service changes just change the address your printer goes to. It’s kind of an extension of the business principle where print servers feed printers.

    2. They probably don’t make a lot of it since it is utterly incorrect. There are numerous Google Cloud Print enabled printers readily avialable. Pretty much any major print manufacturer makes them.
      You can also enable just about any printer through a Mac or Windows machine using the Chrome browser. You can also purchase stand alone print servers which will enable older printers if you don’t have a Mac or Windows machine for the task.
      Finally there is the fact that printing itself is largely falling by the wayside. While it continues to be helpful on occaision most people I know do not print much at all any more, myself included. Instead I print-to-file and save that for reference. It’s a lot better solution usually then printing on paper to put somewhere and forget about. ChromeOS handles printing to a file readily and easily.

    3. $35 raspberry pi + your printer = printing from ChromeOS and practically any computer without the hassle of installing drivers and crap. Google it, don’t be a broken record cry baby. Don’t be an idiot.

      1. Why are cry babies coming here to complain? If you’re the kind of person who thinks you need a $1000 machine to browse the Internet, do some photo uploading, light photo editing, check fb, watch hulu/Netflix, and occasionally compose simple documents, then obviously a chromebook isn’t for you.. So again why are you here? ALSO, Captain Irrelevant (good point btw), these cry babies should be reminded that most printers over $59 and manufactured in the last year have Google Cloud Print built in… C’mon the 60 plus dollars you’re saving by not buying anything other than an underpowered celeron Windows 8 laptop you can easily afford a 60 dollar printer that has at least 2 or 3 cloud services built in!

  5. So which Chinese manufacturer really makes this so we can spare ourselves the re-branding tax?
    IMO you would have to reduce the price based on this particular rebranding.

  6. At first glance, I don’t see any differentiation to the recent ASUS Chromebox (?). Still nice to see another similar device though — just wish it was $100 to $150 🙂

    1. Seems to have the same exact specs as the $179 ASUS Chromebox but $20 more.

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