HP Launches New Google Chromebox

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Bizwaremagic.com features Hewlett-Packard's new Google Chromebox - is this compact efficient device truly the next-generation desktop computer?

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HP Google Chromebox

HP Google Chromebox is small, inexpensive and energy efficient but is it the desktop computer of the future?

Recently, HP or Hewlett-Packard introduced their version of the Google Chromebox and touted it as the "next-generation" desktop. This efficient (Energy Star) revolutionary device is featured on the Bizwaremagic.com site, which has been running an online Laptop Buyer's Guide for over ten years. The site regularly compiles information on new computer gadgets for its visitors and subscribers.

The HP Chromebox CB1-016 is extremely compact, roughly 5 inches square by 1.5 inches high and weighing just 1.4 pounds, it will easily fit in the palm of your hand. The Chromebox is powered by a 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor with Intel HD graphics and has 2GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory. Storage is limited at 16GB, but if one uses Google Drive then there is an extra 100GB of online storage. This is also an SSD (Solid State Drive) so boot-up times will be faster. The Chromebox is listed on the HP site at around $159 and $179 if you want the keyboard and mouse.

Of course, the Chromebox's operating system is the Google Chrome OS, which is a part of Google's Chromium OS project which dates back to 2009. Chromium OS was designed as open source to allow developers to modify their own versions. In recent years, we have seen the advent of numerous Google Chromebooks, and now we have the introduction of the Chromebox; Asus and Samsung also have their versions of the Chromebox. Buyers must remember Chrome OS is supported by Google and will automatically update to the most recent version.

The HP Chromebox will transform any monitor or TV (via HDMI or DisplayPort) so that one can safely access the web and all one's Google Chrome apps with ease. There are also up to four USB 3.0 ports; dual Internet connection options include Ethernet cable or WLAN Wi-Fi.2, SD media card reader, Bluetooth and the Combo Mic/Headphone Jack with the Audio Realtek ALC283.

This computer gadget is an efficient and affordable way to access the web and stream content via one's TV or monitor. Access one's Chrome apps and data in mere seconds since the Chromebox is run via Google's online operating system where applications and user data can reside in the cloud. Herein lies the difference between traditional desktop computers and Chromebox devices - local vs remote storage/operations/applications of one's computing chores.

Whether the HP Google Chromebox, or other Chromebox devices for that matter, can find a large market share and transform the conventional desktop computer remains to be seen. However, with this new Chromebox, Hewlett-Packard is offering every computer user an efficient way to access the web and their Chrome apps in one small affordable device.

To discover more about the HP Google Chromebox click this link: http://www.bizwaremagic.com/hp_google_chromebox.htm. All products/companies mentioned above are registered trademarks of their respective owners and companies.

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