Acer announces Chromebox-powered budget PC running Chrome OS

Acer announces affordable Chrome-powered Chromebox CXI line of PCs designed for a niche market of users.

Published Thu, Aug 21 2014 12:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Acer today announced its Chromebox CXI line of PCs for low-budget consumers, designed for education, small to medium businesses and budget-conscious users.

Acer announces Chromebox-powered budget PC running Chrome OS | TweakTown.com

The system is powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core 1.4GHz CPU, 16GB solid state drive, 2GB or 4GB RAM, and should boot in just 8 seconds. Chromebox CXI also includes 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0, one HDMI port, combination audio jack for microphones and headsets.

"The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities," said Simon Hwang, Acer President of Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, in a press statement. "Due to the ease of management, the Chromebox can significantly reduce technical support and consequently lower the total cost of ownership."

The unit will be available late next month in the United States with a $179 MSRP (2GB memory) and $219.99 (4GB memory).

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