Acer Chromebase desktop marries Chrome OS with touchscreen desktop PC

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Acer is bringing its Chrome OS line to Canada with two desktop models in the Acer Chromebase DC221HQ series – one with a touchscreen and one without. The all-in-one PCs running Google’s Chrome OS feature a 21.5” display and is designed for space-constrained areas such as call centres, financial bullpens, libraries and reception areas that need a large display and the ability to perform simple computing tasks. It can be mounted to a VESA-compatible stand, bracket, arm or wall mount.

Speed and simplicity

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“The Acer Chromebase is ideal for customers wanting to leverage the speed and simplicity of the Chrome OS,” said Kamesh Kumar, Acer business manager, in a statement.

“We’re confident customers will also appreciate the automatic updates and layers of security that make this platform easy to use and hassle-free and at an affordable price.”

The specs

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The Acer Chromebase with a 10-point multi-touch screen is priced at $529, and the non-touch screen at $399. Both models are powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor and 4GB RAM with Nvidia Kepler graphics and a 16GB solid state drive. The 21.5” display is 1080p Full HD, there are two 3W speakers and ports include HDMI out, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless are supported.

Security for the enterprise

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Both Acer Chromebase models feature data encryption and verified boot to help protect against online threats, malware and viruses, and user and system files are also stores on separate partitions to secure personal date and simplify restoration from backup. There’s also a TPM 1.2 chip that encrypts and protects user data by generating and storing secure cryptographic keys, and individual accounts to separate personal data when the device is used by multiple users.

 


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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.