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I guess I just don't really get the whole "Chromebox" thing. First of all, what is it? A really small version of a desktop tower? Secondly, why would you buy one, besides to save space on your desk? What's the benefit of a Chromebox? :confused:
 

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I think the benefit is more for corporate use. Organisations that would otherwise consider thin clients and use web apps for most of their corporate systems would find them more cost effective than thin clients, as there would be no need for terminal servers.
 

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It's a desktop version of Chrome OS and it is for people who prefer to have bigger monitor than the Chromebooks.
Looks to me like a great replacement for my PC tower which gets really noisy as the ageing fan inside is working real hard to cool the system off.
 

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it to be a cheap simple solution instead of having a windows tower desktop where as you would still need to buy many things, where as a chromebox its like a mac mini simple and easy to use light and somewhat portable!
 

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Bigger monitor size is the key. I'm thinking of getting two ChromeBooks (one for me, one for the wife), plus a ChromeBox for more "serious", sit-down work in our office room, especially family finances (credit union website, Mint, Google Docs, etc.), and the big monitor would help her to be able to better do photo editing and other art-related stuff than possible on a netbook screen.
 

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Do you think that the Chromebox is a more serious device than Chromebooks? Do you think it will have more capabilities and power than the Chromebooks?
Typically, desktops have more capabilities and power per price dollar than notebooks. With other specs constant, notebook users pay a premium for portability, integrated monitor, keyboard, and mouse substitute, and battery.

So I do expect the ChromeBox to have more RAM, a faster chip, or whatnot.
 

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I guess I just don't really get the whole "Chromebox" thing. First of all, what is it? A really small version of a desktop tower? Secondly, why would you buy one, besides to save space on your desk? What's the benefit of a Chromebox? :confused:
For me space is a really important issue. I hate having a desk taken up by a huge box, so a smaller Chromebox would be great. I also hope it would minimize the wire clutter issue my desktop has.
 

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The nice thing about Chromeboxes is that most of them have a VESA mount, so you can mount it directly to your monitor. Out of the way and easy wire management.

The specs aren't really any better than your average Chromebook. In fact, benchmarks have shown a few Chromebooks are still faster.

But as someone else said, the big thing is the space savings. Sure, you could attach a monitor and keyboard/mouse to your Chromebook, but you'd still have it sitting there on your desk taking up space. God knows I don't have that much free space on my desk as it is.
 

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One other tidbit about Chromboxes: there's a business videoconferencing variant that Dell and ASUS have come out with called Chromebox for Meetings.

They bundle a Logitech HD cam, a Jabra speaker\microphone and a wireless remote\keyboard for $999. It's designed to be easier for smaller businesses to use than something by Cisco or Polycom.

HP also has a Chromebox for Meetings version (Core i7), but they don't have it bundled with anything at the moment.
 

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Just ordered the ASUS Chromebox from Amazon. I will give it a try for the primary home computer (Old one is noisy and not really used for much.) If it isn't enough for main desktop use, it will become the entertainment machine (on the big TV) and pack it for trips, smaller than a laptop, use it in the hotel room.
It should be good enough for 99% of our stuff at home. (Facebook, flash games, light office tasks, etc) Anything more, we have a couple of laptops for.
 
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