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Acer announces $179 Chromebox appendage, launching late Sep in U.S. and Canada

Acer Chromebox CXI VESA Mount

Some of us are old enough to remember when desktop computers were large towers that you stored under your desk; these days, you can hide the desktop PC behind your monitor.

Acer has today announced a new Chromebox based on its C7 series Chromebook, the Chromebox CXI. The compact format makes it suitable for mounting on a monitor stand … 

The CXI series is ideal for education, small to medium businesses and budget-conscious users who don’t require a mobile platform and who are either invested in or want to leverage the affordability and security of the Google Chrome ecosystem.

A ‘Powerwash’ option makes the machine ideal for use in environments like schools where there are multiple users for each machine, allowing all local data to be quickly cleared after use, leaving a clean machine for the next person.

The CXI offers dual-display support via HDMI and DisplayPort and four USB ports (two of which will continue to power external devices even in standby mode). The $179 model comes with 2GB RAM, with a 4GB version available for $220.

Acer also launched a new 13-inch Chromebook earlier this month, taking on Samsung’s Chromebook 2 with better battery-life, faster graphics and a lower price.

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