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HP Chromebox G2 has a Kaby Lake Core i7 and 16GB RAM. The Chromebox G2’s exterior is relatively unassuming, and we wouldn’t blame you if you confused it with the Apple TV. On the outside of the G2 is a solid selection of ports, including a 3.5mm headphone jack, one USB Type-C, three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI output, and one RJ-45 connector (no mention a MicroSD Card Slot).
|HP announced the Chromebox G2, the follow-up to 2014’s Chromebook lineup|
|The Chromebox G2 can be upgraded to Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 and 16GB RAM
|The Chromebox G2 will be available in April 2018
Take a peek inside the G2, and that’s when you realize why you might want to consider buying the thing. You can choose to pick up a configuration with Intel’s Celeron 3865U, but we’d recommend going with the Kaby Lake Core i5 (7300U) or i7 (8650U). The Celeron model ships with Intel HD Graphics 610, but going for either the i5 or i7 will bump you up to Intel UHD Graphics 620.
Internal storage options are limited — you can only pick between 32 GB and 64 GB of storage — though both options arrive in speedy M.2 SSDs.
Is equipping the Chromebox G2 with the latest Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB M.2 SSD a bit overkill? It sure is. Chrome OS doesn’t need such powerful internals to run effectively. At the same time, HP designed the thing for the classroom, so it makes sense to have such options.
HP Chromebox G2 will be available in April 2018, though we expect to see it during CES 2018 on the show floor, so stay tuned for more information as we get it.
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