Following an announcement back in February, HP's Chromebox desktop is now available for order from its online store for just $179. Falling in line with the same price and specs as its cousin the ASUS Chromebox, the HP Chromebox offers an Intel Celeron (2955U 1.4 GHz) processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Wifi 802.11n, 10/100 ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and a solid assortment of ports including HDMI and USB 3.0.

The HP Chromebook is being targeted at enterprise buyers, offering customization through its site with rack mounts and other accessories that may suit you in a business. If you need more power out of the little box, HP is also offering a model with the same specs but 4GB of RAM for $199, or a completely overhauled model with an Intel Haswell (4600U) Core i7 processor and 4GB or 8GB of RAM starting at $629.

HP Chromebox

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HP's $179 Chromebox is now shipping, pricier models also available


HP is determined to release a constant stream of uninspired, late to the game, generic devices.

It's like Samsung, if Samsung released every device 2 years later than scheduled.

That might be the best looking desktop you can buy right now. That's absolutely great looking. And I thought the Intel NUC was classy.

I been waiting for these to go on sale to compliment my hp 14. They are much better looking than the Asus.

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What are these good for--anything more than surfing the web and light computing?

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That's pretty much all they're good for, but that's all a lot of people need.

Libraries, Computer labs, Kiosks, machines for Parents/Grandparents that basically only use their computer to surf the web and read email... there are lots of use-cases. And as more and more services move to web interfaces instead of client installs (office and adobe are two notable examples.), those use-cases are growing.

Office and Adobe don't need client installs any more?


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Bingo unless you already have a chromecast I like it because I can travel with it

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I got the Asus for my wife and she has been very happy with it. Only complaint is inability to hook up a regular printer

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Yeah, need a cloud printer or a regular printer hooked up to computer that's on 24/7 (Google cloud print)

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

Like a regular printer, only it prints out cumulus clouds.

Jk it's a network printer.

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Bought the ASUS version with the i3 and 4 GB RAM. Attached it to the back of my monitor, so looks weren't that important to me. I'm using it as a primary home computer. It can handle most everything I need it to (web, email, office productivity, pictures). When needed, I use Chrome Remote Desktop to remote into a Windows machine. I can even VPN into my office from there (Chrome doesnt have the right protocol). It works flawlessly. The Chromebox is much more powerful and less laggy than the Samsung Chromebook I also have. There's a lot of hate for these machines but it does everything I need it to, so no complaints from me.

I have the ASUS Chromebox also, and I love it. It came in handy when I needed to upgrade my regular desktop's motherboard. I use it when I don't feel like waiting all day for my desktop to boot up. It works like a charm. I switch the HDMI cable, and my keyboard/mouse adapter when I want to use my regular desktop PC.

You need a new machine.. My Lenovo S11 boots up from off in 15 seconds. Nearly as fast as my Samsung Chromebook

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

1. A freaking Intel Celeron? REALLY???
2. $179? about no.
3. HP - I still remember how you killed WebOS and lied to everyone. So...NO.

A celeron is absolutely more than enough for basic computing tasks today. Try a blind test running a browser with a celeron and an i7 with the same SSD and RAM and you won't be able to tell the difference. This isn't 10 years ago.

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Exactly what I'm saying heck I bet a Pentium II could run this OS fine lol

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Asus's website says their i3 is capable of 4k playback which is good in the long run i guess. But what would be HP's reason to go for an i7?

I don't know really I think maybe that's future proofing for new features in chrome OS

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It's truly a shame the fate that came to WebOS because of HP.. The was the OS of the future.

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

Chromebox for $179 or Chromebook for $199!? For another $20 you get a screen, keyboard, battery, TouchPad. I'd rather spend the extra $20 and get an all in one solution! The specs are the same.

Except if you don't want/need it attached to a screen. Different strokes for different folks.

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This is exactly the first thing I thought but then I figured out that I could just put the Chromebox in a mount behind my TV and leave it there for the rest of its life.

This could actually make a decent set top box. Load up a Plex client, use the new Play Movies & TV app, Play Music, some local storage. Plus you get a full web experience and a browser with flash for all of that content still kicking around.

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