Check Out Google’s New Simple, Elegant Chrome OS For Desktops

Chromebox
Google Chromebox

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We’ve been spending some time with Google’s new Chromebox, a desktop computer running the latest version of Chrome OS.Depending on your needs, this could be exactly what you’re looking for in a computer. 

The hardware is minimalistic but high-functioning and the software is straightforward and easy to use.

And at just $330, the Chromebox is a steal compared to a lot of other desktop computers out there.

If you’re already a user of the Chrome web browser, then you’ll be right at home here.

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