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What is the difference between a Chromebook and Chromebox?

Date: 31 May 2014    Group: Computers & Smart Devices    Category: Laptops & Tablets   

Recently, I heard that Google has launched a Google Chromebook which offers almost all the features of a laptop.
They have also launched a device called Chromebox and I want to know the exact difference between them and their specifications.

Follow this thread to know the exact difference between a Chromebook and a Chromebox. Also get to know more details about them and their specifications and features.

Author: Ravi Kandala    09 Jun 2014      Member Level: Gold     Points : 8  (Rs 8)    Voting Score: 0

Both Chromebook and Chromebox are devices that run Chrome OS and are cheap when compared to laptops and desktops. Chromebook is a laptop alternative and Chromebox is a desktop replacement. Let us know in detail about these two devices.

First Chromebooks were introduced by Samsung and Acer in 2011 and later every company started producing these ultraportable and simple to use devices. They are designed in a way such that they can be used only when connected to the internet. However, there are some apps that run offline like Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Drive etc.

Chrome OS is based on Linux kernel and apps for it are made in HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. Chromebooks are available in a price range of Rs.20,000 to Rs.35,000 and these are mainly focused at school students.

Chrome box is a desktop replacement which looks similar to a set top box and even it rely on internet connection to offer complete functionality. These Chromeboxes are costlier than Chromebooks and only four brands (Samsung, Google, HP, Asus) are offering them at present.

You'll need a separate monitor for Chromebox and you can use your own peripherals like keyboard, mouse, speakers etc in addition. Google's Chromebox is a mini PC that come bundled with a webcam, remote control, speakers and microphone and Samsung offers wireless devices for Chromeboxes.

These two devices Chromebook and Chromebox are just replacements and have compromised functions. They are available for a cheaper price and can give you complete functionality only when connected to internet. Hope you got an idea on them.

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