In order to facilitate enterprise users, Google has announced a new Chromebase desktop computer from Acer which enables users to make meeting calls effortlessly. With ChromeOS installed, the Acer Chromebase boasts of an 'All-in-one video-conferencing' experience in an effort to increase productivity in the enterprise market.
This device hosts a 24-inch 1080p HD IPS touch screen. It also contains three 3.0 and one 2.0 USB ports, an SD card reader, four microphones, a 720p front-facing camera, an HDMI slot and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
The Acer Chromebase offers a more user-friendly interface compared to its predecessors, and also supports 'Guest accounts' so users can join meetings without having to sign in with a Google account. Furthermore, the company has also upgraded Google Apps to support up to 25 people in a video conference. The device also sports remote management tools in order to troubleshoot audio and video quality issues. Google went on to state that:
We're also happy to announce new features to our remote fleet management tools. Administrators can receive alert notifications and track health of their fleet of Chrome devices for meetings.
The Acer Chromebase is priced at $799 but the company has also clarified that the price tag includes one year of management and support fees. The device's availability is currently limited to businesses in Australia, Canada, Ireland, U.K. and the U.S., but Google states that it plans to sell the Acer Chromebase in more territories soon.
Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Acer Chromebase sports a 720p screen. This has now been rectified, we regret the oversight.