HP Announces Monster Kaby Lake Chromebox!

At long last, the wait is over. We have kept our eyes on the horizon impatiently anticipating the release of a next-generation Chromebox from anyone. Honest, we expected Acer to be the first out of the gate but out of nowhere, HP has unleashed a beast of a Chromebox.

Ahead of CES, the announcement comes alongside two new Chromebooks but we’ll talk about those a bit later. The new HP Chromebox G2 is why we’re here and it’s plenty to be excited about all on its own.

Without further ado, here’s a rundown of the new Chromebox from HP that offers not only a 7th generation Kaby Lake chipset but also the 8th generation Kaby Lake refresh that boasts a significant boost in performance over the original processor.

HP Chromebox G2

  • Chrome OS
  • Intel® Celeron® 3865U/Intel® Core™ i5-7300U/ntel® Core™ i7-8650U (8th gen)
  • Up to 16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2 memory slots)
  • 32 GB up to 64 GB M.2 SSD
  • Integrated: Intel® HD Graphics 610; Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (available on Core i models)
  • MicroSD slot
  • 1 HDMI; 1 power connector; 1 RJ-45
  • 3 USB 3.0; 1 USB Type-C; 2 USB 2.0
  • 65W/90W external power adapter
  • mini form-factor
  • 5.87 x 5.87 x 1.57 in/14.93 x 14.93 x 4 cm
  • 1.48 lb/0.67 kg (weight of lightest configuration)
  • 1 year limited parts and labor warranty

Like its predecessor, the Chromebox G2 is unassuming and that’s exactly what you’d expect from a desktop Chrome device. With the latest chipsets from Intel under the hood and a variety of configurations, the new HP certainly sets the bar high for manufacturers that follow suit.

I received word from HP that there won’t be an official showing of the new Chromeboxed at CES but we’ll be poking around to see if they brought some along.

The HP Chromebox G2 is slated for release in April but no price has been announced. Check back for more on this and all the latest news from CES and the world of Chrome.

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Source: HP

Gabriel Brangers

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  • Great news @gabriel_brangers:disqus, thanks. If you get a chance please ask HP whether they're targeting also the consumer market with this device, and what European countries the plan to distribute it to.

  • Provision for one display only? That is a shame with all those CPU and Graphic power available. Even my aging Acer CX12 can happily run 2 displays at 1080p30 simultaneously.

  • Will look closely at this as I would like to replace my wife's iMac running Chromium so it is more up to date with releases like my other ChromeOS devices.

    Unless someone has a significant need for Windows or Apple OS, in my opinion they are crazy to keep using them. I have one Windows machine that I need to maintain for a sewing application my wife uses, and it has been a horror trying to apply the latest updates.

    When I googled to see why it is taking so long, I see many posts about the length of time it takes, and MS support is saying it could take 4 - 7 hours or even 24 hours and to just let it run. I am sooooo glad I don't have to do this with the other four devices in our home, all ChromeOS !!! J

  • Computer-wise, I'm a pretty simple person. Though this is exactly what I've been looking for. I've been trying to figure out a way to dump Windows, not that I don't really like it, but this stuff is just simply way faster. I'd like to see how the absolute highest end model of this would cost. I don't upgrade my desktop PCS that often, so I always "buy the good one" .

      • It's unfortunate. I won't be buying any Intel chips until their hardware is fixed unless it is at a steep discount for use not connected to the Internet. Even then I'd probably just choose ARM. Hopefully AMD makes more inroads and we will see ChromeOS on AMD.

        • I'm sorry to say that but you are outdated on the news. The bug affects almost any CPU, including AMD and ARM too. ???? =(

          • I specifically mentioned variant 3 of the bug named 'Meltdown'. This one is the easiest to trigger and the fix is the most costly to fix with software with a 5-30% performance penalty. Only Intel chips are affected. The Linux kernel only applies the fix to Intel CPU's -- not AMD.

            AMD, ARM, and Intel are all affected by variants 1 and 2 of the bug named 'Spectre'. The fix Android used was to drop permissions the to the high resolution timers of the CPU's required to perform the attack. This causes no performance penalty. I am only concerned about the performance penalty associated with the Meltdown version of the bug that only Intel chips will incur.

  • Hopefully there'll be a nice Chrome OS keyboard to accompany this. Only the Dell one appears to be currently available and it's not that great.

    • Don't know about the Dell, but I have the Acer CXI2 kb (which I rather like) and based on images alone, they look exactly the same. Amazon had a bunch of the Dell kb last week from "Red Planet" something or other company, which I only mention because they're new and only cost (then) about $15 (much less than "retail").

    • Yes, I tried the Dell and it is absolute garbage. I ended up with the ASUS wireless combo (ASUS Chrome Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (90MS0000-P00010) and have been using it with my ASUS chromebox for about a year and it works really well. Unfortunately, I don't think that is available anymore, though I've seen a used unit on eBay from time to time. J

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