What you need to know
- HP launched another batch of Enterprise devices this morning, including the next generation of the HP Chromebox.
- The HP Chromebox G3 comes in both a regular consumer and Exterprise version, starting at $254 and $384 respectively.
- It features two HDMI ports, one USB-C port, four USB-A ports, up to 16GB of memory and up to 128GB internal storage.
Chromebooks might get all the love and attention because they're portable and inexpensive and have fun features like touchscreens and 36-degree hinges, but did you know that Chrome OS also comes in a desktop form factor? Yeah, Chromeboxes have been around for years, but there haven't seen much attention since 2018, which is when ASUS and HP came out with the last generation of their respective Chromeboxes. Well, the drought has ended and new Chromebooks are back on the menu again, boys!
The HP Chromebox G3 and HP Chromebox Enterprise G3 is a nice iterative update on the last model, adding another HDMI port for dual-screen setups — and there's also a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port on the back if you want to extend to a third screen. It's still in a compact form factor with ample USB ports and the option to futureproof your Chromebox with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM. SSD storage is another upgrade that I am happy to see here, with capacities up to 128GB available for those of us who tend to download a lot of apps and a lot of media for offline viewing.
|Category||HP Chromebox G3 / Chromebox Enterprise G3|
|Processor||10th Gen Intel Core i7-10610U|
10th Gen Intel Core i5-10310U
10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U
Intel Celeron 5205U
Intel Pentium 6405U
|Graphics||Integrated Intel UHD Graphics|
|Memory||Up to 16GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 128GB SSD|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5|
|Ports||3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1|
USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
1 USB-A 2.0
2x HDMI 2.0, up to 4K@60fps
AC Adapter plug
|Audio||Audio combo jack|
|Dimensions||5.87 x 5.87 x 1.57 inches (149.3 x 149.3 x 40 mm)|
|Weight||1.31 lbs (598g)|
|Auto Expiration Date||June 2028|
I'm very, very excited to see a new Chromebox out in 2020 — while millions are realizing their current computer is too old and too slow to keep up with work and video conferencing at the same time — especially when Chromebooks of all shapes and sizes are in such short supply. If you already have a few monitors in the house — and a good keyboard and mouse — then the HP Chromebox might be just the ticket to adding an extra computer back into your home to replace that aging desktop that finally died when you tried to take a 7-hour Zoom call on it.
The HP Chromebox G3 and HP Chromebox Enterprise G3 are slated to go on sale in October starting at $254 and $384 respectively.
Need a Chromebox right now?
ASUS Chromebox 3
Bring your own peripherals.
If you're just intending to hook a Chromebook up to a bigger screen, better keyboard and an ergonomic mouse, you might as well save some money and go with ASUS's compact little Chromebox.
Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.
An adventurous - and not a little bit cheeky - manufacturer should market a (slightly cheaper) device like this as a "Cloudbox gaming console that can also be used as a light productivity desktop." Offer it with a generic dualshock or XBox One compatible controller and 1 year of Stadia Pro/xCloud/Nvidia GeForce Now (the buyer would pick) as well as having Steam Link preloaded. It would probably be best to wait until the Tiger Lake CPUs come out though.
Get the best of Android Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Android Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.