A Look at the Acer Chromebox Lineup

edited April 22 in PC Tech

Today we’re talking Chrome. Not the chrome on your car, but the Chromebox lineup of desktop computers from Acer. These compact, convenient PCs run Google’s cloud-connected ChromeOS operating system, offering a desktop that’s ready and optimized for web browsing, as well as everyday tasks such as word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets. 

Ready to go, right out of the box, the mini-PCs in Acer’s Chromebox lineup offer a range of premium features to meet the diverse needs of business, educational and casual users. Read on to discover more about the Acer Chromebox lineup, and find a mini-PC that will streamline your workflow, while optimizing your space.

What is a Chromebox?

You may have heard of Google’s very own operating system, ChromeOS. If not, fear not, as we’ll briefly introduce it now. While a lot of computer and tech jargon and advertising focuses on power and speed, ChromeOS is more of a lightweight OS, that’s primarily intended to be used with web applications and cloud computing (software, processing power and storage accessed over the internet, not stored on the PC.) 

Using the Google Chrome web browser as its main interface, ChromeOS is designed to provide users with a streamlined, efficient, user-friendly, and (relatively) simple computing experience. Think productivity tools, web browsing, and accessing Gmail and Google Workspace, enhanced by quick boot-up times, and integrated security features. Conveniently, Android apps can also be installed on ChromeOS.

Does this simplified, versatile operating system sound appealing? Before we introduce the Chromebox lineup, let’s clear up the difference between a Chromebox and a Chromebook. While both the box and the book run the web-apps-based ChromeOS, one is a desktop and one is a laptop. There is a clue in the names: the Chromebox is a small form-factor desktop PC that requires a power source, as well as a monitor, keyboard and mouse in order to function. A Chromebook, on the other hand, is a portable laptop or tablet, generally affordably priced and ready to use straight out of the box.

On top of all the above functions, your Chromebox can also double as a gaming device. Cloud game with ease with Xbox Cloud gaming via Game Pass Ultimate, or other cloud gaming services like Nvidia Geforce Now. All you need to ensure is that you have sufficient internet speed, subscription, and controller (optional) to use Chromebox as a cloud gaming device.

Acer’s Chromebox lineup

There are currently 5 different ranges of Acer Chromebox available, with a selection of variants offering diverse specifications.

1. Acer Chromebox CXI5  

Featuring premium Google features, the CXI5 has up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, delivering up to 20% performance improvement compared to previous generations. Cruise effortlessly into rapid data transfer speeds (up to 40 Gbps) with this Chromebox, featuring four USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and two full-function USB 4 Gen 3 Type-C ports as standard. Dual HDMI 2.1 and full function USB Type-C ports conveniently display your content on up to four external displays, with extra HDMI or DP port configurations available. ChromeOS lets you customize this Chromebox for business, education, kiosk, or digital signage applications.

2. Acer Chromebox Enterprise CXI5 

The Enterprise variant of the CXI5 shares many of the features of the CXI5 above, including Wi-Fi 6E and up to an RJ45 2.5G Gigabit Ethernet (2.5GbE) port2, providing you with a quick and stable network connection to stay fully connected! Both of the CXI5 variants are compact and stylish, enabling a wide array of placement possibilities. What’s more, with a VESA mount kit, you can fit the Chromebox anywhere you please. The Chrome Enterprise upgrade provides integrated malware protection, further simplifying the way you run your business. Deploy, update and manage all of your devices, at any scale with Chrome Enterprise, in order to simplify operations, cut costs and lower required IT resources.

3. Acer Chromebox CXI4 

A solid, dependable choice to tackle everyday computing tasks, Chromebox CXI4 comes with an up to to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, and the choice between 8 and 16 GB RAM, as well as SSD and flash memory options. A featherweight 3.4 pounds and 8.4 x 7.8 x 4.2 inches in size, the Chromebox CXI4 is a compact, adaptable PC. Featuring integrated malware protection, devices in the CXI4 range can be customized and applied to a range of scenarios from education, to digital signage and kiosks. The CXI4 is a desktop equivalent to the Chromebook, ideal for users looking for an easy-to-use computing experience.

4. Acer Chromebox CXI3 

Primarily designed for small and medium business use, the CXI3 is equally at home in the office, or in a digital signage situation. This mini PC, weighing in at only 1.5 pounds, can conveniently fit into any business environment, and can easily control devices and apps across the whole fleet of Chrome devices. With reliability testing and Chromebox security as standard, your data, and your customers’ data will be as safe as it can be. The CXI3 can instantly be displayed across two monitors, expanding your viewing area and optimizing productivity. Enhanced security, fast operation, and versatile connectivity are all stand out features of this business-ready Chromebox.  

5. Acer Chromebox Enterprise CXI4

This tiny form factor PC comes ready to use with the extensive ChromeOS business capabilities unlocked. Deploy, orchestrate and power your cloud workforce remotely and securely with up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors. Connect with full function USB Type-C port and dual HDMI 2.0 ports, for instant display on up to three external outputs. Data transfer has never been easier, with up to five USB 3.2 Type-A ports, as well as USB 3.2 Gen 2, offering max transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. Equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 and advanced Intel Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), fast, smooth, and seamless connectivity comes as standard. 

The takeaway: why should you buy a Chromebox? 

Chromebox PCs offer affordable, practical, and versatile computing solutions. Simplicity is a defining feature of Chromeboxes, so if you want a desktop computer to get the job done efficiently, with no bells or whistles, a Chromebox may be just what you require. This is certainly true for digital signage, where Chromeboxes are widely seen as the most efficient solution, as they’re easy to set up, and can be remotely managed and updated. 

Price-wise, you’ll find it hard to beat a Chromebox for affordability. An entry level, premium CXI5-C432 Chromebox from Acer will only set you back a little more than $300, complete with 4 GB, DDR4 SDRAM and 32 GB Flash Memory. Because of their cloud-based nature, Chromeboxes aren’t blighted by many of the issues that regular PC users may fret about. Automatic updates and lower risk of viruses (thanks to sandboxing -each app inhabits its own secure environment), as well as minimal maintenance are all features of Chromebox PCs that make them an attractive choice. Also, don’t forget that Chromeboxes can be used as cloud gaming devices.  

Chromebox PCs are adaptive and efficient, helping users to complete everyday computing tasks with minimal fuss. From business to education, and even home entertainment, Chromeboxes tap into the wide range of web based tools offered by Google, providing a scalable, customizable, and cost effective computing solution. Whatever your business, or pleasure, check out Acer’s premium range of Chromeboxes today.

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Edmund is an English copywriter based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He is a widely published writer and translator with two decades of experience in the field of bridging linguistic and cultural gaps between Chinese and English.


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