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Acer Chromebox CXI
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Acer Chromebox CXI 2 Core Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 2GB 16GB SSD

techradar.com/au/ Great Value
2 Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 2GB Nov 2014
Processor Core Processor Family Processor Clock Speed Internal Memory Release Date
Like the C7 Chromebook series, the Acer Chromebox CXI is fast; it boots up in about 8 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode thanks to the 16GB Solid State Drive. For those who don t... More
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Acer Chromebox CXI Review - (CXI-2GKM) Includes keyboard and mouse for around $150
Acer Chromebox CXI Review

17 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both said that this desktop computer was great for its price. This computer received a "Great Value" award from both Techradar and Techradar.com/au/.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this computer is 76% based on ten expert reviews from sites including Techradar, PC Mag, computershopper.com and techreviewsource.com.

Good Value for Money

Techradar and Techradar.com/au/ highlighted in their review that this Acer computer provided a good bang for your buck.

Good Connectivity

One person thought the product was good in terms of USB connections. In December last year expert review site Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Mouse both of which are USB.”.

Good Technical Features

One Acer Chromebox CXI owner who purchased it reckoned that it had good features. Last year Gadgetspeak.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned in their Acer Chromebox CXI review “Decent feature set”.

Good Size

One customer considered that the Acer Chromebox CXI was compact. Expert review site Computershopper.com said in their Acer Chromebox CXI review “The Chromebox CXI-i38GKM, offer enough to justify a price that seems more in line with compact” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Robust

One person who bought it said that it was well made. Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Solid performance” in their review of this PC.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many PCs of this type and age.

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Acer Has Good Computer Reviews

Acer has good average reviews for its few processor core computers as well as across its entire desktop computer range compared to other manufacturers.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a faster storage speed than most personal computers of this type and age. This personal computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most PCs that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed across all similar spec PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI.

Across similar types of desktop computer the worst storage speed is HDD.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Compatible Memory Card

The number of compatible memory card supported by the Acer Chromebox CXI is more than most personal computers of this age and spec. This PC supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory card supported by few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI.

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4.0 LE Bluetooth Version

This desktop computer has a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently found Bluetooth version on personal computers that are a comparable age to it.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Chromebox CXI has a greater number of placements than most personal computers of this type and age. This Acer desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by PCs of a similar age and spec to the Chromebox CXI.

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Narrow

The Chromebox CXI is quite narrow (only 130.17 millimeters) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI. The average width of few processor core computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI is 180mm, and the widths range from 3.4mm to 390mm.

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Shallow

At only 165.7 millimeters, the Chromebox CXI is fairly shallow compared to most of the other PCs of a similar age and spec to the Chromebox CXI. The average depth of PCs that were released more than two years ago is 290mm.

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Short

At only 33.4 millimeters, the Chromebox CXI is very short compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were launched more than two years ago. The heights of few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox CXI range from 22mm to 450mm.

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20 Reasons Against

Small Storage Capacity

One customer said in their reviews that this PC did not have good storage. Gadgetspeak.com said “Limited local storage” .

A Bit Expensive

A few customers who purchased the Acer Chromebox CXI concluded that it was not cheap. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned in their review last year “Makes it's too expensive for a Chrome-based desktop”. Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “Relatively more expensive than competitors” in their review of the Acer Chromebox CXI.

One customer who reviewed this PC reckoned that it was not good value for money. Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “Pricey for a Chromebox” but they still rated it 80 out of 100.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of PCs of this spec and age is 29GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 4GB to 32GB. The Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox CXI range from 200MHz to 800MHz. When compared to other computers of this spec and age that we have assessed, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the Acer Chromebox CXI of only 200 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 1,000 megahertz, the Acer Chromebox CXI has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other computers of a similar type and age to the Chromebox CXI. Across all the few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Acer Chromebox CXI is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port PC. Most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox CXI have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only Two SATA III Connectors

Most computers of a comparable type and age to the Chromebox CXI have between two and three SATA III connectors, including the Chromebox CXI which has two SATA III connectors.

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Only Two SATA Connectorss

Most similar spec desktop computers that have been around for more than two years have between two and three SATA connectorss, including the Acer Chromebox CXI which has two SATA connectorss.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of personal computers of a comparable spec and age to the Chromebox CXI is 560GB, and the total storage capacity range from 4GB to 2TB. The Chromebox CXI has a very small total storage capacity (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that came out around the same time as the Chromebox CXI.

If this Acer desktop computer total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE (500GB) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of the Acer Chromebox CXI of only 2 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst few processor core computers that came out more than two years ago. The average internal memory of few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago is 4.9GB, and the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE (4GB) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1.4 gigahertz, the Chromebox CXI has a very slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been available for a similar time to the Chromebox CXI. Across all the similar spec PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3.9GHz.

If this few processor core PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the Zotac ZBOX-OI520-P-BE (1.6GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the few processor core computers that have been available for around the same time as the Chromebox CXI the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 16GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Chromebox CXI has one of the smallest maximum internal memory amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The average solid-state drive capacity of similar spec computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Chromebox CXI is 99GB. The Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller solid-state drive capacities (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller processor caches amongst few processor core computers of this age. The smallest processor cache of desktop computers of a comparable type and age to the Chromebox CXI is 0.51MB and the biggest is 4MB.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The Chromebox CXI is a two processor thread personal computer. Most of the other computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox CXI have between one and three processor threads.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Acer Chromebox CXI has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age. The maximum internal memory of personal computers that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI range from 8.1GB to 33GB.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The Acer Chromebox CXI has a greater number of memory slots than most comparable spec PCs that have been available for more than two years. This desktop computer has a 1x DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot found on comparable spec PCs that were released around the same time as the Chromebox CXI.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Acer Chromebox CXI is a two USB 2.0 port desktop computer.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

Most desktop computers of a similar spec and age to the Chromebox CXI have between one and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Acer Chromebox CXI which has two USB 3.0 ports.

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Only One DisplayPort

The Chromebox CXI is a one DisplayPort personal computer. Most of the other personal computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox CXI have one DisplayPort.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer Chromebox CXI

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Acer desktop computer was released over two years ago.

Specification

Features
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Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
Tjunction
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Ergonomics
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Operating System/software
Operating System
Networking
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
Mini PCI Express Slot
Design
Case Placement
Case Colour
Performance
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Idle States
Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Processor Package Size
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Display
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
Display Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Technical Details
Management Features

2 Awards

techradar.com/au/ Great Value

Expert Reviews

(12)
5 October 2015

It comes with a keyboard and mouse both of which are USB, and, a mains lead.There is a small fitment provided to go on the bass to aid stability but in my tests it was not required. The sides, top... Read more…

Decent feature set
Includes keyboard and mouse, as well as stand and mounting bracket
Performance is enhanced with an Intel Core 3 4030U processor
Snappy performance
Quick bootup times
Only 16GB of local storage
Pricey for a Chromebox
Pricey
Limited upgradability
Inconveniently placed power and headphone jack
11 June 2015

The Acer Chromebox CXI-i38GKM packs a Intel Core i3 processor and 8GB of RAM, which is great for video conferencing, but makes it's too expensive for a Chrome-based desktop...

There's a lot to like about Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, not least their small sizes and generally small price tags. But does Acer's top-of-the-line offering, the Chromebox CXI-i38GKM, offer...

31 January 2015

Techradar.com/au/

Chrome OS has revolutionized the way we look at "inexpensive" and "capable" in the computing world. After producing some truly long lasting laptops, including the Acer Chromebook 13, the Taiwanese... Read more…

31 January 2015

The Acer Chromebox CXI can turn any monitor or HDTV into a capable cloud-based computer...

Techradar

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

I would not hesitate to purchase Acer products, if they are monitors. My past purchases of Acer Monitors have been good. On another hand, my experience with Acer Chromebooks was bad. The first... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cxi2gk, cxi2gkm
Barcodes 00887899794018, 00887899943379, 04053162935396, 04713147719006, 04713147761524, 04713147772933, 08878997940188

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