The device features a 16GB SSD and promises to boot up in just eight seconds

Acer launches new budget Chromebox desktop

Acer has launched its new Chromebox, a compact desktop that houses Google’s Chrome operating system.

The Chromebox CXI has been developed for budget-conscious customers, with prices starting at $179.99 (just over £100).

It’s powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, with the support of up to 4GB of DDR3 1600 Mhz memory and Intel HD graphics.

It also features a 16GB SSD (solid state drive) and promises to boot up in just eight seconds. Users can also connect to the internet wirelessly via 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, plus four USB 3.0 ports are also included.

Simon Hwang, president of Acer stationary computing and display business group, said: “Due to the ease of management, the Chromebox can significantly reduce technical support and consequently lower the total cost of ownership."

The Chromebox will be available in the US next month at $179.99 for 2GB of memory and $219.99 (£132) for 4GB of memory. It also includes a keyboard, mouse and mounting kit bundle.

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