Acer unveils Chromebox CXI4 compact workstation and Halo smart speaker

Acer unveils Chromebox CXI4 compact workstation and Halo smart speaker


Acer presented a lot of interesting new products, including a miniature workstation Chromebox CXI4 and a smart Halo speaker with support for the Google Assistant voice assistant.

The Chromebox CXI4 is geared towards high school students, small businesses, and family use. A compact workstation will save space while still providing everything you need to take full advantage of the Chrome ecosystem.

The hardware basis of the novelty is the tenth generation Intel Core i7 processor. There are enough interfaces for connecting multiple monitors and peripherals. The novelty is ready to offer users up to five USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one USB 3.2 Type-C port, and a pair of HDMI. The Internet connection is provided by a built-in Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax adapter, as well as an Ethernet connector for a wired connection.

A version of Chromebox Enterprise CXI4 will also appear on sale, which is aimed at the corporate segment and differs from the base model in that it has a set of unlocked Chrome OS features aimed at ensuring the security of business customers’ data.

You can save even more space by attaching the Chromebox CXI4 to the back of the monitor using a VESA mount, or use it separately by securing it anywhere with a Kensington lock.

Another novelty is the Halo smart speaker, which has a stylish look and can fit into a modern interior. The device is made in a compact body, so there will be no difficulties with its placement in the house.

The base of the speaker is complemented by built-in RGB lighting. Synchronization with the rhythm of the music being played is supported, as well as automatic change of the color scheme depending on the time of day.

The developers have endowed the device with support for the voice assistant Google Assistant and DTS Sound. According to the manufacturer, Halo delivers rich, high-quality sound with 360 ° sound distribution. There is a place on the case for a small LED display, which can be used to display the time, weather forecast or any other information.

The design uses two omnidirectional microphones to allow Halo to distinguish background noise from voice commands. A physical button is provided on the body to mute the microphone.

The Acer Chromebox CXI4 will hit the market in the first quarter of 2021. The basic version of the device will cost € 569, while the version for the business segment will have to pay € 639. As for the Halo smart speaker, it will hit the market in December 2020 with a price tag of € 119.

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