Chromebox, filling a niche the Chromebook can’t
In an earlier article I wrote about how it was tricky for the Chromebook to compete against tablets, when tablets are more of everything the Chromebook is trying to be, portable, long battery life and trouble free. Its main area it lacked was power and the app ecosystem. Whilst Chrome has an app store, they are essentially either modified websites, or just shortcuts to regular websites that can be accessed from a number of platforms and browsers. Chromebooks seemed to miss a USP, that other devices wished they had. However the Chromebox seems to have a few things going for it that makes it ideal.
If you already have your tablet, and you’re not looking for portability, but you are looking for a desktop replacement, where you can browse the web, write documents or even watch a netflix show or two on your much more accommodating 22 inch display, then the Chromebox has you sorted. It has a bit more kick to it than the Chromebooks and a plethora of ports on the back, so you can link your display, printer, mouse, keyboard and whatever else you want to the back. It’s not just the ideal PC to have in classroom or dorm rooms, its also ideal for those who like the simplicity of Chrome OS, but would like it on a bigger display with their preferred keyboard and mouse.
It’s much like the Mac Mini for the Chrome world, but at a fraction of the price. Samsung are the manufacturers of the current model, but Asus are in the process of releasing the successor, for the start of 2014. Chrome OS has huge potential, and is already starting to make big waves in the industry, but right now the more I think about it, the more I think the Chromebox is where it will be the most successful. So if you’re in the market for a desktop replacement, and you don’t need too much processing power for any specific specialist software, but just a computer that’s tailor made for the web and emails, then check out the Chromebox and ask us any questions you may have below.