CNET First Look
The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox puts Chrome OS on your deskFor basic online tasks, a Chromebox desktop is a low-cost solution.
Google's Chrome OS is for more than just Chromebooks. I'm Dan Ackerman and this is the Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox. Now, Chromebox is what you'd call a computer that runs Google's Chrome OS, but is built into a desktop chassis, rather than a laptop shape and that's what Chromebooks are. Why would you want to have Chrome OS in a desktop? Well, that's a good question. It's uses are actually fairly limited because with Chrome OS you basically get a fancy version of Google's Chrome browser. A couple of very minor file and storage options, and that's really about it. It's meant to be an online only device. So you're basically surfing the internet all day, every day. Now if you're at work and that's what Lenova's ThinkCentre's line is for, they're basically work computers. You need to access your company email, but it's a web-based email, well that'll work or use cloud-based office things, like Like Microsoft's office online or Google Docs. That will work also. If you need to do very specific things like photo and video editing and using Photoshop, well, that's going to present a problem because you can't download and install apps on a Chrome OS system. You can, however, use Cloud based alternatives, like Pixlr and [UNKNOWN] photo editing. Those actually both work fairly well. And you can also use the Cloud versions of Microsoft Office. You can use Google Docs. Whether it's a word processing document or spreadsheet. And of course you can do media streaming on here just fine. And things like Spotify work well, as does Netflix. The reason why you'd want to get a Chrome OS desktop for you or your employees because they're very inexpensive. This thing starts at about $200. We have a fancier version here that has an intel core i3 processor. A very mainstream, fairly powerful processor. And that's about $300, little bit more, little bit less, depending on who's selling them online. And for that, you get the base unit. It throws in a wired keyboard and mouse, nothing special there. You get an antenna you have to **** in the back if you wanna use WiFi instead of a wired connection, and then this cool little stand. You actually don't need the stand if you want this thing to stand upright. It will stay fairly well, you can also lay it down flat like this, or even hide it behind your monitor, Lenovo makes a special monitor that this will just slide in, it almost becomes like an all in one computer. Or of course you can put it on the special stand like this, and it holds it at a decent angle, and you can get to the couple of ports in the front. Around the back is also a couple of other ports, two more USB 3s on top of the two USB 3s in the front, Ethernet obviously, HDMI and display port. That's how you know it's a work machine, display port that's very common in offices, not so much At home, so if you walk in in the morning and you find one of these on your desk. This is assigned to you as your computer, you're probably not going to be too enthusiastic. It's not the most exciting computer in the world. But if you or your employees, you just need to access. Access online only tools, and you don't want to spend a lot to do it, this is certainly a fine way of getting people online. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the Lenovo [UNKNOWN] chrome box. [NOISE]