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April 2, 2016

Acer Chromebase is an all-in-one video conference system

by John_A

We first met Acer’s Chromebase at CES 2016, but that one wasn’t loaded with Google’s enterprise software like this version is. The company’s new Chromebase for meetings is a dedicated video conference system that tracks schedules and supports 25-person Hangouts sessions, even with people with no Google accounts. Unlike Chromebox for meetings, which the big G launched back in 2014, this is an all-in-one device that already comes with a display. Google says getting the computer up and running is as easy as plugging it in and connecting it to a network.

Chromebase has a 24-inch, 720p touchscreen display, an adjustable camera, two speakers and a four-mic array for use during conferences. It has several ports at the back, including three for USB 3.0, one for USB 2.0, another one for headphones, as well as an SD card reader. The device also comes with remote management tools an office’s IT team can use to troubleshoot video or audio quality, among other issues. Businesses in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia can now call their suppliers to get one for $799, which includes management and support fees for one year.

Just take note that this is a device meant for use in smaller spaces and by two people in one room. Those who need a more powerful system for bigger meeting areas may want to get a Chromebox with better specs instead.

Source: Acer, Google for Work

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