The next generation of desktop computer is here, and it comes in the form of the minute but powerful HP chromebox with accompanying mouse and keyboard. There is no simpler or more inexpensive option currently on the market for the casual internet user, and users with their own TV or other ancillary screens will rejoice at the ease with which they can purchase the Chromebox and immediately begin surfing the web and browsing through their favorite apps. Whether you are an educator, a businessman looking for an effective video calling machine, a TV junkie preparing his or her home entertainment system, or a parent seeking a cheap computing system for a child not yet ready for a laptop, the HP Chromebox Desktop Bundle is for you!
The heart of this bundle is, of course, the Chromebox itself. This incredibly small machine (4.88 x 4.96 x 1.54 inches) is nonetheless a true powerhouse, boasting an Intel Haswell Celeron1.4 Ghz processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of overall storage. The Chromebox is essentially a different version and form of the popular HP Chromebook laptop, and provides the exact same level of performance. This means that although users may expect the Chromebox to perform at a higher level more befitting of a traditional desktop unit, the machine is somewhat limited by its lack of RAM and general failures to accomplish advanced multi-tasking and multi-window operations. However, the overall performance is a winner if you keep these potential shortcomings in mind and concentrate on one task or entertainment function at a time.
The Chromebox truly excels in the connections department, with four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and display ports, an analog audio outlet, an SDcard slot, an ethernet cord slot, and a security lock slot. The connectivity advantages don’t stop there — the Chromebox features a 802.11b/g/n Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 to allow for easy connectivity to local networks and peripherals. This is the true power of HP’s lightweight machine; the ability to connect to many different devices that perform many different functions and allow users to experience a range of computing possibilities.
The HP Chromebox will only run you $159, and the additional peripheries included in the bundle (a keyboard and mouse package) will only increase that asking price by $20. At face value, this is an excellent deal, particularly with regard to the keyboard: the included keyboard has a Chrome OS layout, for users who are particularly fond of the search key and OS-specific functions that work well alongside the Chrome operating system. The keyboard and mouse are both ergonomically designed and extremely compact, and travel well whether you are going across the country or downstairs. Both objects are plastic, but boast a rather heavy constitution that makes it easy to forget their inexpensive nature. The folks over at Android Central have a more comprehensive review of the system that focuses on its multivariable functionality and applicability to several different lifestyles.
Check out this product if you’re in the market for a serious computing system with a downright silly price tag — for this price, users cannot expect the moon and sun, but will receive more than they expect!