Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Chromebox: The right size for small business

Lenovo's new $199 Chromebox can be out of sight on employee desks: Just attach it to the back of Lenovo's Tiny-In-One monitor for an all-in-one desktop.

Add another Chromebox to the mix of hardware running Google's Chrome OS. Lenovo on Monday introduced its $199 ThinkCentre Chromebox that could find a spot on your desk when it arrives in June. The small computer is the first Chromebox to integrate with Lenovo's Tiny-In-One workstation.

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The new Chromebox itself has similar capabilities to competing computers from Google's other hardware partners.

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It's a small box measuring 7.0" x 1.4" x 7.2" and has four USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI jack, integrated DisplayPort and Ethernet jack. Android Central notes that configurations include a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, up to 4GB of memory and 16GB of flash storage.

As far as Chromeboxes go, this is pretty standard fare. What's unique is that the small box works with Lenovo's modular $279 Tiny-In-One monitor, turning the new ThinkCentre into more of an all-in-one, similar to LG's Chromebase.

That configuration uses a 23-inch, full HD display for the Chromebox, while adding an integrated webcam and microphone for video calls and other communications. It also supports a wireless keyboard and mouse for the Chromebox.

The big selling point here -- aside from saving space on the desk -- is that you can swap an old Chromebox out for a newer one if and when the time is right.

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