Chrome OS is all the rage in education these days. It's ideal for classroom use, with sandboxed security, low-cost and durable hardware options, and plenty of management tools. Viewsonic is no stranger to the education market, either, with its wireless ViewBoard classroom displays. And now it's pushing out a Chromebox to accompany that display, the new $349 NMP660 which will be available in April.
The Chromebox is unimaginatively named, and in specifications it mostly matches other recently announced hardware like HP's Chromebox G2. It's also a dead-ringer for the CTL Chromebox, so if the details here appeal to you, what appears to be an identical model can be had for $150 less.
|CPU||Intel Kaby Lake 3865U|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Ports||HDMI, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, 3x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type C, microSD|
|Dimensions||5.8" (148mm) x 1.7" (41.1mm) x 6.0" (148.5mm), 1.4 lbs (0.7 kg)|
Like most recent Chrome OS-powered devices, it supports Android apps, easily installable via the Play Store. Based on specs and marketing materials, the NMP660 will probably end up being your average 2018 Chromebox, but Viewsonic is marketing this model specifically for education and corporate use.
Still, this would be one of the first Chromeboxes to support Android apps, which makes it unique. You'll have to wait a bit longer before you consider grabbing one for work or play, though. Although Viewsonic has revealed it, availability is set for April.
Based on specifications and appearance, this Chromebox might just be a rebadged CTL model. The article has been updated to introduce that comparison.
- Lon Grove
ViewSonic Launches Its Chromebox that Delivers an All-in-One Education, Signage and Enterprise Cloud Management Solution
When Paired with an Interactive Flat Panel or Desktop Displays, the ViewSonic® NMP660 Chromebox Provides Secure and Direct Support from Google Play
March 14, 2018 01:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time
BREA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces the ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox. Paired with the company’s ViewBoard® family of interactive flat panel displays or any ViewSonic display, the ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox can transform any Google classroom into a collaborative learning hub, or provide content management as a signage player and desktop virtualization solution for conference rooms. The ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox delivers a complete and secure Chrome OS and Google Play experience.
ViewSonic Launches Chromebox that Delivers an All-in-One Education, Signage, Enterprise Cloud Management Solution
The ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox offers a quick out-of-the-box set-up, integrated Google management console and built-in security features, making it an ideal solution for educational and corporate environments. It can drive 4K content, and with the swift set-up, users can quickly access popular applications, websites and even games. Powered by Google Hangouts Meet, Google’s video conferencing software, the NMP660 facilitate presentations, brainstorming, and decision-making – even when employees, clients, or students are spread across the globe.
The ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox is Google GMS certified and fully supports Google Play and the Chrome web store for a variety of apps. It can also manage, through the Google Management console, education and corporate applications. Integrated security features include automatic updates, sandboxing environment, verified boot control, data encryption with a TPM module and a simple recovery process. The ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox features an Intel® Kaby Lake processor to drive 4K content and has 4GB of memory, 32GB of storage and connectivity ports include: USB 3.0 and 2.0, USB-C, HDMI, RJ45, Audio-Out, and a SD reader.
“Utilizing an interactive large format display or monitor alongside a ViewSonic Chromebox delivers a compact yet powerful solution with the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome OS,” said Andy Chien, product marketing manager at ViewSonic Americas. “Because Chrome OS is becoming more of an industry standard with enterprise and education peripherals, the ViewSonic NMP 660 Chromebox is an affordable device to manage the platform. We see a limitless amount of solutions for the ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox, from using it in the classroom and boardroom to leveraging it as a tool for digital signage installations.”
“The Google education, signage and enterprise ecosystem is straightforward, and has been proven successful in the US market,” said Binson Hsieh, business and product planning manager at ViewSonic Global Product Group. “ViewSonic offers innovative display solutions worldwide. With the launch of ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox, our worldwide customers could also enjoy the benefits brought by Chrome OS.”
The ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox will be available in April 2018 for an MSRP of $349.00.
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