Google’s Chrome OS continues to assault business PCs with a new all-in-one Chrome OS computer designed for video conferences. Acer and Google recently announced the Acer Chromebase for meetings based on the Chromebox for meetings platform.
Acer’s new all-in-one is meant for video conferencing in “small meeting areas with up to two people,” according to Google. Obviously, this is not a solution for the boardroom, where high-quality cameras and 40-inch plus screens are preferred. Nevertheless, for small teams spread across various locations it could be a solid solution.
The new Acer Chromebase appears to be based on the Chromebase 24 the company introduced in January but has yet to ship. The new video conferencing model features a 23.88-inch 1080p touch display, four integrated microphones, two stereo speakers, and an adjustable HD camera.
Beyond the key components for video conferencing, the device has about what you’d expect from a Chrome OS device, including 4GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, and a 1.7GHz, dual-core Intel Celeron 3215U processor.
The story behind the story: Chromebooks are still not the first choice for consumers when shopping for a laptop. For businesses, schools, and other organizations, however, Chrome OS-based devices are making inroads. Market research firm IDC said in January that it expects the market for Chromebooks and Chrome OS devices to grow at a time when the overall PC market is slumping. The fact that Acer wanted to roll out a Chromebase device purpose-built for video conferences with small groups suggests that demand for Chrome OS is, at the very least, encouraging for PC makers.
Acer’s Chromebase for meetings is available now for $800 via Promevo, a Google Apps and Chromebook reseller. That initial cost includes Google’s $250 annual charge for Chromebox for meetings management and support.
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