The HP Chromebox G2 mini desktop announced in January is now available to purchase. HP added the device to its online store today, where it promptly sold out in certain configurations. The device, like most Chromebox models, resembles a set-top box, but packs Google’s Chrome OS as an alternative to Chromebook laptops.
The HP Chromebox G2 is targeted specifically at educational markets, though it can be used to cover a variety of needs. HP bills its new model as “easy-to-manage” and capable of meeting a variety of needs otherwise satisfied by traditional PC devices. This includes simple tasks like managing book rentals for a library or administering online tests to students.
The device has modest hardware, including a 7th-generation or 8th-generation Intel processor, depending on which configuration the user chooses. The device also features up to 16GB of memory / 64GB of internal storage and USB-C while offering support for 4K displays. The new store product pages reveal more details than the initial CES 2018 announcement.
We see the HP Chromebox G2 features a 3-in-1 SD card reader, a combination audio jack, one HDMI connector, Ethernet, one USB-C port, and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. That’s enough to cover most users’ basic needs, such as connecting an external drive, connecting a physical keyboard, using a wired Internet connection, and similar things.
HP is offering the Chromebox G2 is four different variations, two of which are already listed as out of stock. The entry-level model only features 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but comes with a budget price of $199 USD. The top-tier variant, meanwhile, sports a 16GB/64GB configuration with a $789 USD price.
SOURCE: About Chromebooks