Lenovo Launches Tiny New Computer Called Chromebox Micro

Lenovo has unveiled a very small, new computer called the Chromebox Micro. It runs on Chrome OS like a Chromebook laptop but doesn’t have a screen. It’s designed to plug into monitors or TVs to display content.

The Chromebox Micro is extremely compact. It measures just 6.4 inches by 3.1 inches by 0.8 inches. That’s about the size of two stacked smartphones! It’s Lenovo’s smallest Chrome OS device yet. The Chromebox Micro weighs only 1 pound.

Lenovo Chromebox Micro
Lenovo Chromebox Micro

This mini-computer packs decent power. It uses an Intel Celeron processor along with 8GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It can stream 4K video and share web content nonstop.

The Chromebox Micro has many ports crammed into its tiny body: 2 USB-C ports, 2 USB-A ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Ethernet port, and a headphone jack.

Lenovo made the device’s case out of metal. It has no fan and no vents. So it can run silently 24/7 without overheating. The closed-up case also resists dust. And you can mount the Chromebox Micro securely to surfaces using built-in screw holes.

The Chromebox Micro costs $219. Lenovo plans to release it in early 2024. The device targets business uses like digital signs and interactive kiosks. But Lenovo hasn’t said whether regular consumers will be able to buy one.

This miniature computer even supports dual 4K displays despite its size. Lenovo is working with a company called Instorescreen on custom 15.6-inch and 21.5-inch touchscreen monitors designed specifically for the Chromebox Micro.

Lenovo Chromebox Micro pairs with the inFLEX displays through a single cable from a USB-C port to provide video, power, and data.
Lenovo Chromebox Micro pairs with the inFLEX displays through a single cable from a USB-C port to provide video, power, and data.

Lenovo Chromebox Micro Specs

Dimensions 163 x 79 x 19.7 mm (6.4″ x 3.1″ x 0.8″)
Weight 450 g (approx. 1 lb)
CPU Intel Celeron N4500 (dual-core, Jasper Lake)
Memory 8GB RAM
Storage 32GB eMMC
Ports 2 x USB-C, 2 x USB-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Audio jack
Operating System Chrome OS
Price Starts at $219
Availability Q1 2024

– Jim Miller

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