Seems manufacturers are really beginning to give the Chrome OS thing a shot. Look no further than the latest Chromebox announced by HP. Coming in a variety of colors — Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black (yes, Twinkle) — the HP Chromebox is meant to be as inviting as it is easy to use.
The HP Chromebox comes with an Intel Haswell processor, 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out/DisplayPort, as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. HP’s Chromebox is so small, they even recommended mounting the tiny box behind a monitor, so that it’s tucked away neatly out of view. For those that are looking for something with a little more oomph, HP also announced a version for meetings featuring a 4th generation Intel Core i7 although price this or the other model weren’t provided. HP’s Chromebox is scheduled for a Spring 2014 release.
“Chromebox for meetings” is Google’s shot at video conferencing for businesses, offering a Chromebox inside of a bundle consisting of webcam, microphone/speaker, and remote. Right now only the ASUS Chromebox is available in that bundle, but it’s clear HP (and soon Dell) will offer their own as well. Total price? $1,000 which gets you the bundle and 1 year of management and support (a $250 value).