Building on the success of its award-winning, best-selling Acer C7 Series Chromebooks, Acer has announced its new Chromebook CXI line for North American customers.
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.”
The CXI boots up in about eight seconds and resumes “nearly instantly” from sleep mode thanks to the 16GB solid state drive (SSD). Housed in a compact (6.51 x 5.12 x 1.3 inches) chassis that stands upright and is VESA mountable, the Acer Chromebox CXI “maximizes space,” a key consideration for libraries, cube and classroom environments as well as small and medium businesses for task-based user terminals.”
Simon Hwang, Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group president:
“The Acer Chromebox CXI is an excellent fit for schools and an other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities. Due to the ease of management, the Chromebox can significantly reduce technical support and consequently lower the total cost of ownership.”
“Speedy Performance, Ample Connectivity”
The new Chromebox CXI is powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor based on the Haswell micro-architecture. Customers can “power through web pages and documents, and enjoy fluid HD video and applications with the support of up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.
Plus, the Acer Chromebox CXI provides wireless connectivity via 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. Four USB 3.0 ports include two with power-off charging for smartphones and tablets. Users can also access other media and files through the SD card reader that supports up to a 32GB SD card. The Chromebox CXI pushes video and contetn to external displays and HDTVs while HDMI and DisplayPort. In addition, a combo audio jack is provided for connecting a microphone and headset, while an Ethernet port enables a wired network connection. The systems come bundled with a VESA mount kit and a Google-approved USB keyboard and mouse. They’re all powered by a 65W AC adapter.
Powerwash (Easy Factory Reset)
Powerwash enables IT to quickly and easily clear all local user data stored in the Chromebox CXI by resetting it to its original factory state. Using this feature, all data stored on the Chromebox such as downloaded files, photos, owner permissions and saved networks, will be deleted from all accounts. After clearing this data, the IT professional is guided through the initial setup again. Resetting the device doesn’t affect the accounts themselves, or any data synced to said accounts.
Always Up to Date, Easy to Use
IT professionals will find that it’s “simple to control a fleet of Chromeboxes via the web-based Google Management Console,” which makes it possible to deploy an app from one to thousands of Chrome-based devices with a single click of a button. The OS and all downloaded applications are automatically updated roughly every six weeks, “saving IT staffs time and assuring users the freshest software and security features.”
The Chromebox CXI comes with several pre-installed web apps from Google and over 30,000 additional apps, themes and extensions via the Chrome Web Store. Since all applications run within the browser, there is “little to no” computer management required.
After a user signs into Chrome with a Google acount, they’re immediately “immersed in the Google ecosystem” and signed into Google services. Their bookmarks, history and settings are synced across all of their devices and computers running Chrome. Once logged in, they can surf the Web with the Chrome browser, read and send emails from Gmail, search the web with Google Search, create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more from Google Drive, as well as watch videos from YouTube.
“Layers” of Tight Security
Multiple layers of security features including data encryption and verified boot defend the Acer Chromebox CXI against online threats, malware and viruses. Every time Chrome OS boots, it checks the integrity and validity of system files. If it detects any anomaly or unauthorized change, the system restores from a prior backup. User and system files are stored on separate partitions that “keep data secure and make restoration from a backup simple.” An individual user’s data is encrypted automatically and protected by the Chromebox’s TPM 1.2 chip, which generates and stores secure cryptographic keys, enabling IT professionals to read data to read data from a stolen Chromebox.
Via individual accounts, the Acer Chromebox CXI keeps data safe when the device is used by multiple users. Storage on Google Drive safeguards files, documents and photos in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version is always available. IT staff will “also appreciate” that the Acer CXI has a Kensington lock to secure them to a desk or mobile cart.
The Acer Chromebox CXI is Citrix-certified to deliver virtualized remote desktops and applications through a single platform and can “effectively be a thin client.”
Pricing, Availability and Warranty
Two Acer Chromebox models are available now from “leading retailers and resellers in the United States and Canada”– the CXI-2GKM with 2GB of RAM for $179.99 in the United States and the CXI-4GKM with 4GB of RAM for $219.99 in the US.
The Acer Chromebook CXI line is backed by “professional, high-quality technical support” and a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service.