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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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17 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both said that this desktop computer was great for its price. This computer received a "Great Value" award from both Techradar and Techradar.com/au/.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this computer is 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 Acer computer provided a good bang for your buck.

Good Connectivity

One person thought the product was good in terms of USB connections. In December last year expert review site Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Mouse both of which are USB.”.

Good Technical Features

One Acer Chromebox CXI owner who purchased it reckoned that it had good features. Last year Gadgetspeak.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned in their Acer Chromebox CXI review “Decent feature set”.

Good Size

One customer considered that the Acer Chromebox CXI 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 the product a rating of 4 stars.

Robust

One person who bought it said that it was well made. Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Solid performance” in their review of this PC.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

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

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Acer Has Good Computer Reviews

Acer has good average reviews for its few processor core computers as well as across its entire desktop computer range compared to other manufacturers.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a faster storage speed than most personal computers of this type and age. This personal computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most PCs 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 across all similar spec PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI.

Across similar types of desktop computer the worst storage speed is HDD.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Compatible Memory Card

The number of compatible memory card supported by the Acer Chromebox CXI is more than most personal computers of this age and spec. This PC supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory card supported by few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI.

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4.0 LE Bluetooth Version

This desktop computer has a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently found Bluetooth version on personal computers that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Chromebox CXI has a greater number of placements than most personal computers of this type and age. This Acer desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by PCs of a similar age and spec to the Chromebox CXI.

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Narrow

The Chromebox CXI is quite narrow (only 130.17 millimeters) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI. The average width of few processor core computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI is 180mm, and the widths range from 3.4mm to 390mm.

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Shallow

At only 165.7 millimeters, the Chromebox CXI is fairly shallow compared to most of the other PCs of a similar age and spec to the Chromebox CXI. The average depth of PCs that were released more than two years ago is 290mm.

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Short

At only 33.4 millimeters, the Chromebox CXI is very short compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were launched more than two years ago. The heights of few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox CXI range from 22mm to 450mm.

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19 Reasons Against

Small Storage Capacity

One customer said in their reviews that this PC did not have good storage. Gadgetspeak.com said “Limited local storage” .

Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of PCs of this spec and age is 29GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 4GB to 32GB. The Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox CXI range from 200MHz to 800MHz. When compared to other computers of this spec and age that we have assessed, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the Acer Chromebox CXI of only 200 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 1,000 megahertz, the Acer Chromebox CXI has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other computers of a similar type and age to the Chromebox CXI. Across all the few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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

The Acer Chromebox CXI is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port PC. Most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox CXI have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only Two SATA III Connectors

Most computers of a comparable type and age to the Chromebox CXI 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

Most similar spec desktop computers that have been around for more than two years have between two and three SATA connectorss, including the Acer Chromebox CXI which has two SATA connectorss.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of personal computers of a comparable spec and age to the Chromebox CXI is 560GB, and the total storage capacity range from 4GB to 2TB. The Chromebox CXI has a very small total storage capacity (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that came out around the same time as the Chromebox CXI.

If this Acer desktop computer total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE[plb_2559789_price] (500GB) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of the Acer Chromebox CXI of only 2 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst few processor core computers that came out more than two years ago. The average internal memory of few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago is 4.9GB, and the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE[plb_2559789_price] (4GB) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1.4 gigahertz, the Chromebox CXI has a very slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been available for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI. Across all the similar spec PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3.9GHz.

If this few processor core PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE[plb_2559789_price] (1.6GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the few processor core computers that have been available for around the same time as the Chromebox CXI the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 16GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Chromebox CXI has one of the smallest maximum internal memory amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The average solid-state drive capacity of similar spec computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI is 99GB. The Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller solid-state drive capacities (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller processor caches amongst few processor core computers of this age. The smallest processor cache of desktop computers of a comparable type and age to the Chromebox CXI is 0.51MB and the biggest is 4MB.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The Chromebox CXI is a two processor thread personal computer. Most of the other computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox CXI have between one and three processor threads.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Acer Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age. The maximum internal memory of personal computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI range from 8.1GB to 33GB.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a greater number of memory slots than most comparable spec PCs that have been available for more than two years. This desktop computer has a 1x DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot found on comparable spec PCs that were released 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 desktop computer.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

Most desktop computers of a similar spec and age to the Chromebox CXI have between one and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Acer Chromebox CXI which has two USB 3.0 ports.

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Only One DisplayPort

The Chromebox CXI is a one DisplayPort personal computer. Most of the other personal computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox CXI have one DisplayPort.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer Chromebox CXI

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Acer desktop computer was released over two years ago.

Specification

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Processor Cores
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Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Tjunction
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
Line-Out
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DisplayPorts Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Combo Headphone/mic Port
Number of SATA III Connectors
Total Number of SATA Connectors
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Expansion Slots
Mini PCI Express Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio Output Channels
Audio System
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
UART
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor Package Size
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

2 Awards

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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

(4)
Reviewed 22 April 2016 by John T.
(Verified Purchase)

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

Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

I would not hesitate to purchase Acer products, if they are monitors. My past purchases of Acer Monitors have been good. On another hand, my experience with Acer Chromebooks was bad. The first... Read more…

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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