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Acer unveils its first Chrome-based desktop personal computer

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Thursday unveiled its Chromebox CXI, its first desktop computer powered by Google Inc.'s Web centric Chrome operating system, with a view to meeting demand in schools and businesses.

The computer boots up in about eight seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode thanks to its 16GB solid-state drive, Acer said in a statement. The device's compact form also helps save space in libraries, classrooms and offices, the company said.

"The Acer Chromebox CXI is an excellent fit for schools or businesses where conserving costs and space are high priorities," said Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group.

"Due to the ease of management, the Chromebox can significantly reduce technical support and consequently lower the total cost of ownership," he said.

Also on Thursday, Acer expanded its Chromebook laptop lines with the Chromebook 11, which features an 11.6-inch HD 1366 x 768 screen, weighs 1.1 kilograms and has a battery life of up to 8.5 hours.

The Acer Chromebox CXI will be available in the United States in September at a starting price of US$179.99. The Acer Chromebook 11 will start shipping later in the third quarter in select countries, but its price has not been disclosed.

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google Inc.'s Chrome operating system and mainly uses cloud storage. All applications are accessed or downloaded from the Google Play app store, for which a wireless Internet connection through a Wi-Fi or cellular network is required.

Chromebook Market Grows

More and more PC brands and chipmakers are flocking to the fast-growing Chromebook market, looking for new sources of sales growth in a sluggish PC industry.

According to research firm Gartner Inc., Acer led the global Chromebook market last year with a 21.4 percent share, as its Chromebooks are designed with a consistent focus on delivering the best value for money.

Gartner forecast that worldwide shipments of Chromebooks will increase by an annual 79 percent to 5.2 million units in 2014, and will nearly triple to reach 14.4 million units by 2017.

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