HP's 'fanless' Chromebox has a fan inside

Is the word 'fanless' now little more than marketing fluff? It seems so, with HP marketing its new Chromebox as fanless when it is indeed cooled by a fan.

Is the word 'fanless' now little more than marketing fluff? It seems so, with HP marketing its new Chromebox as fanless when it is indeed cooled by a fan.

(Source: HP)

According to the website, the "silent operation of the fanless design prevents dust from being funneled through computer case" but the eagle-eyes folks over at FanlessTech came across a 'product end-of-life disassembly' document on HP's own site and discovered that the Chromebox is indeed kitted out with a fan. And that fan will make a noise, and it will pull dust inside the system.

(Source: HP)

 

Given that the Chromebox is powered by a 17W CPU it was unlikely that it would be fanless, so it's interesting to note HP marketing it as such.