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Acer Chromebox CXI
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Acer Chromebox CXI 2 Core Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 2GB 16GB SSD

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2 Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 2GB Nov 2014
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Like the C7 Chromebook series, the Acer Chromebox CXI is fast; it boots up in about 8 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode thanks to the 16GB Solid State Drive. For those who don t... More
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Acer Chromebox CXI Review - (CXI-2GKM) Includes keyboard and mouse for around $150
Acer Chromebox CXI Review

16 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The editors of two expert review sites both concluded that this Acer desktop computer provided a good bang for your buck. This computer received a "Great Value" award from both Techradar and Techradar.com/au/.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This personal computer has an average expert rating of 76% based on ten expert reviews from sites including Techradar, PC Mag, computershopper.com and techreviewsource.com.

Good Value for Money

Techradar and Techradar.com/au/ highlighted in their review that this few processor core computer was good value for money.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Gadgetspeak.com said last year “Decent feature set” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One Acer Chromebox CXI reviewer who bought this PC thought it was good in terms of USB connections. Expert review site Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “Mouse both of which are USB.” and gave the Acer Chromebox CXI a rating of 4 stars.

Good Size

One person said in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site Computershopper.com said in their Acer Chromebox CXI review “The Chromebox CXI-i38GKM, offer enough to justify a price that seems more in line with compact” and gave it a score of 70 out of 100.

Robust

One person who bought it mentioned that it was well made. In November last year Gadgetspeak.com said “Solid performance” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Acer Has Good Reviews for Its Desktop Computers

Acer few processor core personal computers have good ratings on average and across all personal computers Acer is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many PCs of this age and type.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Acer Chromebox CXI has an SSD storage medium which is faster than most personal computers that are a similar age to it. Most comparable spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed amongst all computers of this type and age.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage speed across similar types of PC.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most commonly found processor cache level on personal computers of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Supports One Compatible Memory Card

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a greater number of compatible memory card than most similar spec PCs that were released more than two years ago. This Acer computer supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory card supported by PCs that are a similar age to the Chromebox CXI.

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4.0 LE Bluetooth Version

This personal computer has a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is typical of many similar spec computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a greater number of placements than most PCs of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly supported case placement is Horizontal, but this case placement is not supported by this computer. The case placements Vertical are also supported by this Acer desktop computer.

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Shallow

The Chromebox CXI is fairly shallow (only 165.7 millimeters) compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years. The shallowest comparable spec desktop computer that has been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox CXI is 33mm deep, the deepest is 460mm, and the average depth is 280mm.

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Short

At only 33.4 millimeters, the Acer Chromebox CXI is very short compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been available for more than two years. The average height of few processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI is 200mm.

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19 Reasons Against

Small Storage Capacity

One Acer Chromebox CXI reviewer considered that this PC did not have good storage. Gadgetspeak.com mentioned in their review of the Acer Chromebox CXI last year “Limited local storage”.

Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a quite small max internal memory supported processor (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox CXI. The max internal memory supported processors of few processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI range from 4GB to 32GB.

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 200 megahertz, the Chromebox CXI has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI. Across all the few processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 800MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 360MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of desktop computers of this type and age range from 790MHz to 1,200MHz. At only 1,000 megahertz, the Chromebox CXI has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Chromebox CXI.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Chromebox CXI is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port computer.

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Only Two SATA III Connectors

Most few processor core personal computers that came out more than two years ago have between two and three SATA III connectors, including the Chromebox CXI which has two SATA III connectors.

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Only Two SATA Connectorss

The Chromebox CXI is a two SATA connector personal computer. Most of the other PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI have between two and three SATA connectorss.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of the Acer Chromebox CXI of only 16 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst personal computers of this age and spec. Desktop computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox CXI have total storage capacity of between 4GB and 2TB.

Computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth considering include the Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 ($489.00) (500GB), or the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE (500GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

Comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox CXI have internal memory of between 1GB and 16GB. The Chromebox CXI has one of the smallest internal memory (only 2 gigabytes) amongst similar spec desktop computers of this age.

If you are looking for a computer with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 ($489.00) (4GB), or the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE (4GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of personal computers of a similar type and age to the Chromebox CXI range from 1GHz to 3.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.8GHz. The Chromebox CXI has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1.4 gigahertz) amongst few processor core personal computers of this age.

If this computer processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE (1.6GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Acer Chromebox CXI's maximum internal memory is one of the smallest amongst computers that were launched more than two years ago. The smallest maximum internal memory of few processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago is 4GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 16GB.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

Few processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI have solid-state drive capacities of between 8GB and 260GB. The Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller solid-state drive capacities (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core personal computers of this age.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The processor caches of PCs of this age and type range from 0.51MB to 6MB. With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Chromebox CXI has a fairly small processor cache compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox CXI.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The Acer Chromebox CXI is a two processor thread personal computer. Most of the other few processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago have between one and seven processor threads.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16,384 megabytes, the Chromebox CXI has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other computers of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox CXI. The maximum internal memory of comparable spec personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI range from 8.1GB to 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 29GB.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The Chromebox CXI has a greater number of memory slots than most PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. This Acer PC has a 1x DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot found on comparable spec PCs that came out around the same time as the Chromebox CXI.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Acer Chromebox CXI is a two USB 2.0 port computer. Most of the other computers of a similar spec and age to the Chromebox CXI have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Chromebox CXI is a two USB 3.0 port computer.

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Only One DisplayPort

The Acer Chromebox CXI is a one DisplayPort personal computer.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer Chromebox CXI

Released Over Two Years Ago

This computer has been on the market for over two years.

Specification

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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
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Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
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2 Awards

Techradar Great Value techradar.com/au/ Great Value

Expert Reviews

(12)
5 October 2015

It comes with a keyboard and mouse both of which are USB, and, a mains lead.There is a small fitment provided to go on the bass to aid stability but in my tests it was not required. The sides, top... Read more…

Decent feature set
Includes keyboard and mouse, as well as stand and mounting bracket
Performance is enhanced with an Intel Core 3 4030U processor
Snappy performance
Quick bootup times
Only 16GB of local storage
Pricey for a Chromebox
Pricey
Limited upgradability
Inconveniently placed power and headphone jack
11 June 2015

The Acer Chromebox CXI-i38GKM packs a Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM, which is great for video conferencing, but makes it's too expensive for a Chrome-based desktop...

There's a lot to like about Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, not least their small sizes and generally small price tags. But does Acer's top-of-the-line offering, the Chromebox CXI-i38GKM, offer...

31 January 2015

Techradar.com/au/

Chrome OS has revolutionized the way we look at "inexpensive" and "capable" in the computing world. After producing some truly long lasting laptops, including the Acer Chromebook 13, the Taiwanese... Read more…

31 January 2015

The Acer Chromebox CXI can turn any monitor or HDTV into a capable cloud-based computer...

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User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 22 April 2016 by John T.
(Verified Purchase)

It would be nice If I could buy it without key boards or mice...

Reviewed 20 November 2016 by Robert C.
(Verified Purchase)

I use multiple Chromeboxes in my business for a range of business and media applications. I have been using the Asus 2G version and HP 4G versions. The HP 4G version is worth the extra $10-$15... Read more…

Reviewed 20 August 2016 by Jeff p.

As long as you understand what a chromebox is and does, then you will really like this. Being online with the knowledge of full security and not picking up any viruses is a great feeling whether... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cxi2gk, cxi2gkm
Barcodes 00887899794018, 00887899943379, 04053162935396, 04713147719006, 04713147761524, 04713147772933, 08878997940188
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