You will be forgiven if you forgot Chromeboxes, desktop PCs with Google Chrome operating system. While there was a barrage of mini-PCs released a few years ago, they have mostly been ignored in favor of their incredibly successful Chromebook brothers.
Acer hopes to give a new life to the category of products with updated versions of its CX The Chromebox lineup, which was launched in 2014. Online detectives discovered that the new CXI3 series appears to be prepared in some online retail sites , with four basic configurations that include seventh or eighth generation Intel Core processors.
Not surprisingly, the cheaper version uses an original Kaby Lake processor in the form of a dual-core Celeron 3865U. The CXI3-4GKM, priced at around $ 300, also comes with 4 gigs of RAM and 32GB of solid state storage. The following step-up configuration also comes with a seventh-generation Core chip, in this case the Core i3-7130U dual. The CXI3-I38GKM also doubles RAM and integrated storage for a price of around $ 470.
Configurations with cool Kaby Lake CPUs include the CXI3-I58GKM, which has a Core i5-8250U, 8GB of memory and 64GB SSD for about $ 50 more than the Core i3 version, and the CXI3-I716GKM, which runs on a Core i7-8550U and includes 16GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for approximately $ 750. If a Core i7 high level is excessive for a system running Chrome OS, which is proud to be a resource a -intensive, it is open to debate, but that has not stopped Acer from giving it that option.
The nondescript black chassis of the CXI3 houses the usual array of ports, including HDMI, Ethernet, two USB 2.0, three USB 3.1 type A, USB 3.1 type C and a microSD card reader. Also included is built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as a support to keep the system vertical and a VESA mounting kit to place it behind a monitor.[Via Liliputing]