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

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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.

Here's what you see when you boot it up -- a blank desktop with icons along the bottom

Since the OS is powered almost entirely by Chrome, you'll spend a lot of time inside the browser window

But you have one-touch access to a number of other Google services, like Gmail and YouTube

At the other end of the screen, you can control settings for WiFi, volume, keyboard, screen brightness, and the like

There's also a heads-up display to get to even more web services

Instant access to Chrome-based games

Such as chess

And of course you have access to Google's music store

Hop on Google+ with a single click of the mouse

And start a hangout right away

And what would Chrome OS be without easy access to Google Maps?

Tapping Control + M gives you access to the download manager. This is where Chrome stores all your files.

And we like this Evernote-ish feature called Scratchpad, which can sync notes across your devices

All this functionality comes out of this computer, a fraction of the size of a Mac Mini

Need another minimalist computing solution?

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