Lenovo brings Chrome OS to desktops with ThinkCentre Chromebox

It's Lenovo's first Chrome OS desktop and it's priced at $199

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox (1)

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox (1)

Lenovo is venturing into Chrome OS desktops with its new ThinkCentre Chromebox.

At US$199, the Chromebox -- which can be held easily in one hand -- is a nice, low-cost option for those looking to put a desktop in a cramped area. With Chrome OS, the desktop won't provide the full functionality of a Windows PC, but will be good for those who rely heavily on Web applications. The mini-desktop will ship in June.

Chromeboxes haven't been as popular as Chromebooks, which are Chrome OS laptops. Google has been pushing its Chrome OS for use in workplaces and schools -- markets Lenovo is targeting with the ThinkCentre Chromebox.

However, there are less expensive Chromeboxes available. Dell and HP sell $179 Chromeboxes, while an Asus Chromebox starts at $159.99 on Amazon.com.

Regarding monitors for the ThinkCentre, Lenovo suggests buying its $279 ThinkCentre Tiny in One, a 23-inch monitor which has a slot to plug in the Chromebox. However, the desktop can be connected to any monitor via its HDMI port.

Other features include an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 ports. Lenovo did not provide further information on specifications.

The Chromebox comes with a slot for a Kensington lock, which has to be bought separately, so the machine can be secured to a desk.

Google pitches Chrome OS as an alternative to Windows, but Chrome OS applications need an Internet connection to work in most instances.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GoogleLenovohardware systemsdesktop pcs

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?