I’ve written before about the explosive growth of Google’s (GOOG) Chromebook laptops. The educational market has been especially enamored with the cheap laptops that run Google’s Chrome operating system and use Google Docs instead of the traditional Microsoft (MSFT) Windows and Office combination.
With new mini-PCs like the subject of this Asus Chromebox review, Microsoft has another reason to be worried.
Chromebooks have managed triple-digit growth over the past year, and their popularity with educators has made Apple (AAPL) nervous about this incursion into a market where its products have long been a favorite.
With manufacturers now producing inexpensive Chromebox PCs — cheap PCs running Chrome that can cost under $200 — Apple made the move of introducing a cheaper iMac (reviewed here).
In my Asus Chromebox review, I’ll show that these cheap PCs pose a credible threat to Windows PCs and Macs, offering home users, students, educators and businesses a workable (and upgradable) PC for under $200.