Product Overview – Dell Chomebox
The Chromebox, which is manufactured by multiple companies, including Chrome OS creater Google. The idea is pretty straight-forward – create the smallest, cheapest, easy to manage desktop possible – and that is what we have here with the Dell Chromebox. The little desktop comes with a has a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the front, with a SD card and Kensington lock port on the left side. On the back, you'll find a DisplayPort, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a headset jack, and two more USB 3.0 ports. Wireless connections include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Inside is a fourth-generation Intel Core i3-4030U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, which delivers decent performance – you can run multiple streams of HD video with no hiccups. This version comes at $329, which isn't exactly cheap compared to other versions, but the Dell Chromebox is made with businesses in mind.
The Dell Chromebox for Meetings package.
For $999, Dell offers a beefed up version the Chromebox, called Chromebox for Meetings, with i7 Processor and 4GB of RAM. The "Meetings" aspect comes from the included 1080p Logitech camera, an omni-directional microphone, and a RF-based remote control with full a QWERTY keyboard. This still doesn't include a mouse, full keyboard, or monitor, so keep that in mind when looking at the $999 pricetag. Storage for both options is rather weak – 16GB of SSD – but the Chromebox uses Chrome OS, which is designed to online 24/7, so it seems that Dell expects you to have cloud storage already set up.
Chrome OS is as conviniently simple as it is limited.
The system runs on Chrome OS, which is basically if Google took over Windows. It depends on being connected to the internet 24/7, and uses all of Google's free services as the cornerstone of the OS. It's quite useful for doing all of the basic things – surfing the web, playing videos, email, basic documents – but if you're hoping to run Photoshop, don't hold your breath. Chrome OS is extremely limited, sacricing flexibility for accesability – and on the brightside, it loads quickly and updates itself, so its grandmother friendly.
Overall, the Dell Chromebox is a good desktop alrernative to any Chromebook, offering a more potent version of its cheaper Chromebox counterparts.
(IT Consulting Experts of Denver)