New Dell desktop leads the attack of the Chromeboxes

Get ready for the next generation of Chrome desktops

Chrome machines are just small, easy-to-carry laptops, right? Wrong. The new Dell Chromebox may lead the way for an onslaught of inexpensive, desktop machines. Here's why.

The Dell Chromebox desktop will be quite affordable -- the price is expected to start at $179. and go up from there, depending on the model. You'll get a choice of an Intel Celeron 2957U or Core i3 processor, and 2GB or 4GB of RAM. As is usual with Chrome devices, the hard disk won't be a big one, a 16 GB SSD, because it will come with 100 GB of Google Drive storage.

It will also come with a full compleement of ports, including HDMI, USB, and will be able to output 4K Ultra HD resolution and display to dual monitors. The $179 price is without monitor, mouse or keyboard

The Dell Chromebox isn't a ground-breaking machine, and is similar to Chrome desktops from ASUS, Acer, and HP. So why might it lead an attack of the Chromeboxes on Windows machines? Because Chrome desktops have been around for a while, and if they weren't selling, Dell wouldn't develop or release one. Expect this to be the first in what may be a deluge of low-cost Chromeboxes in time for the holiday season.

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