The New HP Chromebox is now shipping in the USA and that means there will be a lot more of Google’s Operating System in the wild. Since making their announcement in February, HP has been gearing up for the launch of this product. Classified as an ultra small form factor, the base model HP Chromebox sports an Intel® Celeron® 2955U Processor clocking in at 1.4 Ghz, support for dual displays, 2 GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD for storage.
How HP will succeed in selling the Chromebox is simple: The Chromebox should be positioned as a replacement for older PC’s and as a gift for new PC users such as kids getting ready for school next year. Because installation is so easy, the Chromebox is great for replacing older or ailing PC’s. Simply plug it in and you’re up and running in minutes. At only $179 the Chromebook will prove to be a more price conscious option than replacing the older system with a Windows or Apple computer.
The Chrome OS brings a whole new way of computing to users because the OS is highly driven by the online counterparts of the system. One misconception is that the system can only be used while online. Because Google has worked extremely hard to enable offline mode in most of their programs, almost every part of the system can be used offline. Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can be created offline then updated online later. Email can be read and created offline. Even calendar entries can be added offline. All changes will be synced when the system goes back online. The Chrome OS also allows the Chromebox to be used by multiple users (anyone with a Google Account) and then sign out to ensure account security. Almost anything can be done on a Chromebox from word processing, to image editing.