What is a Chromebox? It’s very small, affordable and stylish desktop computer running on Google Chrome OS. Their performance is adequate for simple everyday tasks at home, not so much for heavier stuff like gaming. Recently, a lot of these Chrome-powered desktops have emerged and found their way to the websites of tech vendors. One of them is Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM to which we are taking a closer look below.
A very brief brief to Chromebox was already given above. They can nicely decorate a modern home but at the same time compromise on performance. Indeed, this Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM features an Intel Celeron 2957U (2 cores, 1.4GHz clock speed) processor. If you’re a techie, might be you already know what Celeron means. It translates to a cheap, low-end CPU usually installed on budget notebooks to keep the price at bay. For tasks one might do with Chromebox, such as browsing the web and watching videos, it’s just fine. With games, though, it would more or less choke.
Only 2GB RAM is installed to Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM. It’s hardly even an average amount with almost every budget desktop having 4GB or more these days. However, for a lightweight Cromebox it might barely be justified. At any rate, if you like to browse Internet with many tabs open, it would be good idea to have more memory to prevent the system from slowing down.
Unsurprisingly, the storage of Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM consists of a solid-state drive. Those things, shortened SSDs, operate very fast and have limited storage. This one has 16GB space which is nothing to celebrate, however for a Chrome OS it’s understandable. You couldn’t install software on Chrome anyway, pretty much everything comes from the cloud (and you get 100GB free cloud storage from Google Drive). Anyways, the speed of such SSD is a lot faster than that of a regular hard drive. As an example, your Chromebox will boot up in a matter of seconds.
There’s not too much joy in the graphics of Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM. Its graphics chip is called Intel HD (Haswell) which would be poor choice for a gamer. However, since we’re talking about budget Chrome-based notebook, nobody would realistically even think about gaming hardcore on it.
Connectivity-wise, Chromeboxes (and Chromebooks) usually get good grades. This Acer is not an exception. It has 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Display Port outputs for high definition monitor and both Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless for Internet. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported by default.
Media card reader is installed next to the Power button, allowing you to transfer data from digital cameras and such to the Chromebox.
Other things to keep in mind
Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM doesn’t feature DVD drive. Nor any kind of optical drive. The Chrome OS has limitations on what it can do with optical media, and thus Acer decided not to include a DVD drive.
The Acer weighs just 1.2 pounds. Yep, it’s less than a lightweight laptop (although laptops have displays calculated to the weight, this Acer obviously doesn’t). The box is anyways small at 6.5 x 5.1 x 1.3 (L x W x H) dimensions. It’s basically a desktop with laptop portability, taking it away with you is effortless, although wherever you take that Acer you must also have some sort of monitor to actually use it!
The Chromebox is shipped with USB keyboard and mouse.
It’s self-evident, but lets say it one more time: The operating system of Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM is Google Chrome. Not Windows. It’s bit different, essentially a Chrome browser acting as the whole operating system, which may sound strange in the beginning. But for stuff a student or home user might do, like web browsing, office applications (yes, there are versions for Chrome), watching YouTube and playing browser games, this tiny desktop is suitable. Getting it for less than 200 bucks won’t definitely break your bank, and in case you’re computer use doesn’t include heavy gaming, going for such a Chromebox is noteworthy option for a regular Windows desktop!