Business and enterprise desktops is an interesting market recently - on the one hand, because extended support for Windows 7 nears its end early in 2020, multiple companies are eager to buy new PCs; on the other hand, margins are low and competition between suppliers is cut-throat. To minimize competition, HP has released one of the industry’s first Chromebox for Enterprise: a UCFF desktop PC for frontline workers, call centers, shared spaces, kiosks, or digital signage applications.

The Chromebox Enterprise G2 comes in a small 14.93×14.93×4 cm black box that packs Intel’s 7th Generation dual-core Core i3-7130U with UHD 620 graphics CPU or Celeron 3867U with UHD 610 graphics CPU that is paired with 16 GB DDR4-2400 DRAM as well as an M.2 SSD.

In a bid to meet requirements of all possible applications, the Chromebox Enterprise G2 features rather vast connectivity capabilities that include GbE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C connector, one HDMI display output, one 3-in-1 SD card reader, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Depending on configuration, the Chromebox Enterprise G2 comes with a 65 W or a 90 W power brick.

HP's Chromebox Enterprise G2
Model Celeron Core i3
CPU Intel Celeron 3867U
(2C, 1.8 GHz, 2 MB cache)
Intel® Core i3-7130U
(2C, 2.7 GHz, 3 MB cache)
GPU Intel HD Graphics 610 Intel HD Graphics 620
DRAM 16 GB DDR4-2400
Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
Motherboard proprietary
Storage SSD 32 GB or 64 GB M.2 SSD
DFF -
  SD 3-in-1 card reader
Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.2
Ethernet 1 × GbE port (Realtek RTL8151GH-CG GbE LOM)
USB Front 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
Back 1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
Audio 1 × 3.5mm audio jack for headsets (Realtek ALC5662-CG codec)
PSU External 65 W External 90 W
Warranty Typical, varies by country
Dimensions Length: 14.93 cm | 5.87 inches
Width:  14.93 cm | 5.87 inches
Height: 4 cm | 1.57 inches
OS Chrome OS with Chrome Enterprise Upgrade
MSRP ? ?

Unlike Chromebooks, Chromeboxes have not really gained traction on the market partly because people expect high performance and advanced multimedia capabilities from their desktops, but mostly because people are so used to Windows programs. By releasing a Chromebox for Enterprise, HP obviously faces some risks, but believes that since many people use web-based apps nowadays, they will use a Chrome OS-based desktop without any problems. Meanwhile, the advantage of web-based applications is also their disadvantage because they depend on reliability of Internet connection. On the other hand, one indisputable trump that HP’s Chromebox Enterprise G2 has is support for numerous capabilities aimed precisely at businesses, including 24/7 Google support, automatic software updates through June 2024, virus protection, sandboxing, verified boot, remote management, and easy deployment. All in all, it will be interesting to sell how successful HP’s Chromebox for Enterprise is going to be.

HP’s Chromebox Enterprise machines will be available in November. Pricing will depend on configurations.

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Source: HP

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  • cacarr - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    With 16 GB RAM and the i3, would make a nice Crostini box -- fire up some GNU/Linux apps. I want one. Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    Sounds like ultimate punishment-level PC hardware. The best way to tell your employees that their time isn't worth anything. Reply
  • nandnandnand - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    This is more performance and RAM than most people even need. Reply
  • BedfordTim - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    I was mystified by the RAM. Which application uses that much RAM and next to no storage? Reply
  • zepi - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Chrome, Office applications, Outlook? Reply
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    It takes a lot of RAM to run software that can perform so much on-the-flying spying on behalf of Google all at once.in Reply
  • shabby - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    "automatic software updates through June 2024"

    5 year lifespan? Lol
    Reply
  • nandnandnand - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    Wow, don't Chromebooks get 6.5 years?

    I guess the plan is to charge for updates after 2024.
    Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    No, Chromebooks get 5 years. They can get up to 6.5 years if the manufacturer is willing to put more into supporting the hardware. It isnt standard though. Reply
  • Beany2013 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Enterprises typically refresh their hardware every three to five years, so it's fine for them. Reply

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