HP Turquoise Chromebox 16GB Storage 4GB RAM £119.99 @ Currys/PCWORLD
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HP Turquoise Chromebox 16GB Storage 4GB RAM £119.99 @ Currys/PCWORLD

£119.99Currys Deals
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Found 3rd Mar 2015
I posted the Argos deal and have found this also.

Follow the link for details, but depends if you want a blue box with extra memory. Both use the same processor.

What is Chromebox?

Unlike most desktop PCs, the Chromebox runs on Google Chrome OS, an intuitive app-based operating system that provides instant access to the things that matter most to you.

Perfect for new computer users or those that want easy access to the web, you can stream, browse, chat and more without the unnecessary options and features a regular desktop offers.

Chrome OS is optimised for Cloud connectivity, with everything you need stored online for maximum hardware performance and efficiency.

Compact performance

An Intel® Celeron® processor and 4 GB of RAM ensure the Chromebox is quick to boot and runs smoothly regardless of what you're doing.

The Chromebox comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage to get you started storing online and streaming, while 16 GB of internal storage is plenty for saving files and apps for offline access.

67 Comments

I love a CB, got two

Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main difference between this and the Asus offering is the HP doesn't have gigabit ethernet, where as the Asus one does.

drumltd

Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main … Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main difference between this and the Asus offering is the HP doesn't have gigabit ethernet, where as the Asus one does.



Thats a rather poor omission nowadays, especially for a machine that relies on its connectivity?

tek-monkey

Thats a rather poor omission nowadays, especially for a machine that … Thats a rather poor omission nowadays, especially for a machine that relies on its connectivity?



Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do they? so anything over 100mb is quite overkill. (yes, I know some people do have 150mb with virgin, but I can bet you that you are the "1%")

Anyone know where you can purchase the turquoise keyboard and mouse to match?

I'd rather buy a chromebase, £196.54 from amazon warehouse
amazon.co.uk/gp/…all

danceresort

Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do … Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do they? so anything over 100mb is quite overkill. (yes, I know some people do have 150mb with virgin, but I can bet you that you are the "1%")



you're applying your scenario as if that was the only possible scenario. have you tried viewing family photos from your home NAS over a 100mbps link? 20mpix jpegs can easily be 7-8MB in size. the user experience of loading a gallery with previews is then like reading from a floppy disk 20 years ago. no gigabit ethernet or at least 802.11ac is a BIG omission for me. (currys state it has 802.11ac, but HP's website says it doesn't)

jackbremer

I love a CB, got two



Can I ask what you are using them for, sincere question, we recently got one to replace a dying Mac Mini/get rid of the messy and rarely used computer set up at the bottom of the room. Have it plugged into the TV and a wifi printer set up in the garage, we have a wireless mouse-cum-keyboard (that is absolutely naff) but other than accessing sites that are difficult to navigate on a tablet (which are on the wane) I can't really see the point of it. Was great for uploading iTunes library to Google Play Music but already seems redundant now.

Personally I think it needs some bespoke control from a smartphone/tablet, a remote or something along those lines. That way I can see it replacing the Apple TV as well as being a PC but that doesn't seem to be what anybody wants one for.

danceresort

Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do … Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do they? so anything over 100mb is quite overkill. (yes, I know some people do have 150mb with virgin, but I can bet you that you are the "1%")




I have 157 Mb I bet there is a lot that do now the cost isn't that high, but that's not the reason I would want gigabit Ethernet. For a home network if you want to put Nas somewhere in house out the way and this under TV, with some high spec powerlines network.

I don't have this setup but it is something I would like to do in future as NAS comes downs per GB.

Free delivery. Could I return this if I try it attached to my TV?

Can one download torrents on a Chrimebox?

I'm happy with my Android box.

docefc

Can I ask what you are using them for, sincere question, we recently got … Can I ask what you are using them for, sincere question, we recently got one to replace a dying Mac Mini/get rid of the messy and rarely used computer set up at the bottom of the room. Have it plugged into the TV and a wifi printer set up in the garage, we have a wireless mouse-cum-keyboard (that is absolutely naff) but other than accessing sites that are difficult to navigate on a tablet (which are on the wane) I can't really see the point of it. Was great for uploading iTunes library to Google Play Music but already seems redundant now.



They’re not really intended to be plugged into a TV - the GUI is designed to be used in the same way you’d use the GUI on an ordinary laptop or desktop computer. You’re supposed to use it as you would an ordinary computer except that all your data is synced to the Google Cloud & all the apps you use are the Google ones (Google docs, sheets, web browser etc etc). Plug a monitor, keyboard and mouse in and you get a box that can do most of the things you’d want a computer to do.

This means two things: 1) You don’t get the full flexibility of a desktop PC (no Microsoft Office for starters), 2) in return you get a very secure computer that’s "good enough" for most people’s ordinary computing needs & needs almost no support.

This makes them perfect for schools, for families to buy for their kids to do homework on, as second or third machines to use to browse the web, as a computer for a parent who "doesn’t do computers" so they can do their online banking without getting infected by the latest banking trojan from some mafia group in eastern Europe & so on.

danceresort

Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do … Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do they? so anything over 100mb is quite overkill. (yes, I know some people do have 150mb with virgin, but I can bet you that you are the "1%")



im on virgin 150 meg, except for after 6pm when its closer to 8 meg

pharm

[quote=docefc]They’re not really intended to be plugged into a TV - the G … [quote=docefc]They’re not really intended to be plugged into a TV - the GUI is designed to be used in the same way you’d use the GUI on an ordinary laptop or desktop computer. You’re supposed to use it as you would an ordinary computer except that all your data is synced to the Google Cloud & all the apps you use are the Google ones (Google docs, sheets, web browser etc etc). Plug a monitor, keyboard and mouse in and you get a box that can do most of the things you’d want a computer to do.... This makes them perfect for schools, for families to buy for their kids to do homework on, as second or third machines to use to browse the web, ...


I'd like to use it on the main TV just to avoid buying a third monitor, is it really not a good experience? Oh and could I pair it with one of those cheap Logitech keyboard/pad combos?

pharm

They’re not really intended to be plugged into a TV - the GUI is designed … They’re not really intended to be plugged into a TV - the GUI is designed to be used in the same way you’d use the GUI on an ordinary laptop or desktop computer. You’re supposed to use it as you would an ordinary computer except that all your data is synced to the Google Cloud & all the apps you use are the Google ones (Google docs, sheets, web browser etc etc). Plug a monitor, keyboard and mouse in and you get a box that can do most of the things you’d want a computer to do.This means two things: 1) You don’t get the full flexibility of a desktop PC (no Microsoft Office for starters), 2) in return you get a very secure computer that’s "good enough" for most people’s ordinary computing needs & needs almost no support.This makes them perfect for schools, for families to buy for their kids to do homework on, as second or third machines to use to browse the web, as a computer for a parent who "doesn’t do computers" so they can do their online banking without getting infected by the latest banking trojan from some mafia group in eastern Europe & so on.



It seems so but as I said really it wouldn't take much to turn it into a decent streaming device for TV, using Netflix and iPlayer on the browser on full screen actually looks great and doesn't take too much. It would be ideal if you could use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPad as almost a keyboard and trackpad, but you can't, yet anyway. It seems to me they have a great deal of potential in this area, be a lot better and more stable than an android tv box. Google do have a habit of just unsupporting some of their whims though and these do have a faint whiff of that. In this day an age we don't want a clunky keyboard and monitor gathering dust in corner of the room.

Tenex

I'd like to use it on the main TV just to avoid buying a third monitor, … I'd like to use it on the main TV just to avoid buying a third monitor, is it really not a good experience? Oh and could I pair it with one of those cheap Logitech keyboard/pad combos?



It would be fine with a mouse and keyboard but we just didn't want more stuff clogging up home, idea was to reduce amount of stuff lying around.

Tenex

I'd like to use it on the main TV just to avoid buying a third monitor, … I'd like to use it on the main TV just to avoid buying a third monitor, is it really not a good experience? Oh and could I pair it with one of those cheap Logitech keyboard/pad combos?



It’ll work fine, but ChromeOS is designed as a desktop/laptop GUI, not for sitting on the sofa & looking at the monitor from the other side of the room. Don’t know about the keyboard.

I like chromeOS. Google has a lot of apps and big support for it now. Google play is throughly useful, upload on one machine available on any device

Prefer my chromebook to when I had a MacBook, so as long as you don't want to game a chromebox is a really good idea. They don't slow down at all so you won't need to replace it for a very, very long time

Thanks guys, just considering it for homework and similar use, though e.g. watching Netflix would be useful for playing back from a NAS, is Chrome OS not good for fullscreen at 1080?

Where's best for info - there's nothing on the Google Play site detailing apps or extensions etc? Thought I'd seen some there last year.

So many choices at the moment - new Fire TV or Roku or Chromebox??
Edited by: "Tenex" 4th Mar 2015

mattturner756

...They don't slow down at all so you won't need to replace it for a … ...They don't slow down at all so you won't need to replace it for a very, very long time

Please expand, thanks.

danceresort

Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do … Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do they? so anything over 100mb is quite overkill. (yes, I know some people do have 150mb with virgin, but I can bet you that you are the "1%")



The cost of the Gb connection will be little more than the 100Mb one, it seems a silly step backwards on a new device. My NAS is Gb, as is my router and switch, I know I am more of a power user than most but like I said, just seems backwards for something I'd want to last a few years.

drumltd

Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main … Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main difference between this and the Asus offering is the HP doesn't have gigabit ethernet, where as the Asus one does.



According to the HP website this does have gigabit ethernet. I think it's just a mistake on Curry's site.

widebob

According to the HP website this does have gigabit ethernet. I think it's … According to the HP website this does have gigabit ethernet. I think it's just a mistake on Curry's site.


No, if you look at the spec it's 10/100

store.hp.com/UKS…CDT

danceresort

Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do … Lets face it, not that many people have 100Mb+ connectivity at home do they? so anything over 100mb is quite overkill. (yes, I know some people do have 150mb with virgin, but I can bet you that you are the "1%")



Internet speed is not the relevance here, the relevance is LAN speed and that's where Gigabit does matter for shifting data on a home network and even if the router only supports 100Mb, a gigabit hub can be employed to interconnect the relevant devices.

Edited by: "fishmaster" 4th Mar 2015

badboy130184

I'm happy with my Android box.



Me too. Especially as it cost 29 quid and can do pretty much everything this 'chrome box' can do and more.
Edited by: "sotomonkey" 4th Mar 2015

Tenex

No, if you look at the spec it's … No, if you look at the spec it's 10/100http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=G9D05EA&opt=ABU&sel=PCDT



Strange as it shows as Gigabit if you click on View Full Specifications on this page: store.hp.com/UKS…box

I keep being tempted by these, just to run Kodi, but it's not really a massive hassle to just run Kodi/VPN from the laptop via a cable.

I think if I did decide to use a different device to run Kodi, then would be tempted to use a Hudl2, as it would get used more for other things.


Edited by: "Splashmo" 4th Mar 2015

Would this work to stream live sports etc from the web directly to a tv, in this sense could it be a v cheap media PC???

sotomonkey

Me too. Especially as it cost 29 quid and can do pretty much everything … Me too. Especially as it cost 29 quid and can do pretty much everything this 'chrome box' can do and more.


Got a link? Not familiar with them.

qwerta369

Can one download torrents on a Chrimebox?


I know people who use Chrome OS for torrents, so there are certainly ways to somehow

Flipd

Please expand, thanks.


youtube.com/wat…876

This playlist explains it all great

Stellafella

Would this work to stream live sports etc from the web directly to a tv, … Would this work to stream live sports etc from the web directly to a tv, in this sense could it be a v cheap media PC???


Yes if you plugged it into you tv - youd need to you a keyboard and mouse to go to the websites that stream though still

drumltd

Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main … Just to note, it probably doesn't effect most people but the main difference between this and the Asus offering is the HP doesn't have gigabit ethernet, where as the Asus one does.


As has been pointed out - the HP Chromebox does indeed have a Gig Ethernet port, or at least, mine has. The HP and Asus Chromeboxes look to have used the same motherboard and the differences most people mention are that the HP only has one SODIMM socket fitted whereas ASUS has two so HP is limited to 8GB RAM (HP say 4 but 8 works and 16 may do, for all I know). Also the HP has a noisier fan though this is only apparent when flat out and even then, not excessive.

Tenex

Got a link? Not familiar with them.

Sorry can't post links yet. But u can find it on amazon. One of the best on market is Beelink R89 RK3288 Quad Core Android 4.4 TV Box 16GB WiFi HDMI 4K XBMC but u can buy with lower spec's like CS918 for half of that price.

I suspect they had a only a few of these available as home delivery is no longer an option.

e4kenndr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM9CpTsIfMk&list=PL71718F1046C41876This … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM9CpTsIfMk&list=PL71718F1046C41876This playlist explains it all great

Nothing about slowing down in first two vids by which time I had lost interest, similarly reflected by losing interest in this device.

e4kenndr

Yes if you plugged it into you tv - youd need to you a keyboard and mouse … Yes if you plugged it into you tv - youd need to you a keyboard and mouse to go to the websites that stream though still


O r you could turn it into a media system by installing Kodi / XBMC

qwerta369

Can one download torrents on a Chrimebox?



Deliberate or unfortunate; either way hilarious! oO
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