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Review: Acer Chromebox CXI

Review: Acer Chromebox CXI

Introduction and design

Update: Acer has rolled out a two new models of the Chromebox CXI featuring a 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor that’s sure to add even more performance.

Chrome OS has revolutionized the way we look at “inexpensive” and “capable” in the computing world. After producing some truly long lasting laptops, including the Acer Chromebook 13, the Taiwanese electronics maker has turned its attention to desktops with the Chromebox CXI.

No bigger than most wireless routers, the Chromebox CXI brings Google’s cloud-based OS to desktops. Of course, small family computers aren’t a novel concept. Mini-ITX systems equipped with only a bare minimum of components have long existed. Similarly Intel has also introduced its own line of compact computers with the NUC and then there’s also the all-in-one LG Chromebase.

Starting at $179 (£178, about AU$230), the Acer Chromebox CXI is a wonderfully affordable way of turning any monitor or HDTV into a capable computer.

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