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CTL partners with Parallels to offer a Chromebox that can run Windows apps out of the box

The Chromebox CBx2 with Parallels. (Source: CTL)
The Chromebox CBx2 with Parallels. (Source: CTL)
Chrome OS devices can be the path of least resistance to productivity on a budget or within space constraints. However, those potential advantages are not a lot of good to those who still need Windows apps such as those of MS Office for work. CTL may have solved this problem with a new SKU of its Chromebox CBx2 with Parallels Desktop.

CTL is an OEM that specializes in Chrome OS devices for schools and offices, virtual or otherwise. Now, it may have considerably augmented its profession- or education-friendly offerings with a new agreement it has secured with an equally productivity-focused software group. It results in the abilty to sell the Chromebox CBx2 with Parallels Desktop.

This product allows a Chrome OS user to run Windows apps in a virtual machine on their compatible laptop or mini desktop. Therefore, a user with this new CBx2 SKU (CBXKUS1900026) to start up with potentially crucial features, even their Microsoft Office suite, right from first boot.

The new version of this Chromebox has up to Core i7-10510U power, 8 to 32GB of RAM and up to 250GB of internal storage, like any other. However, it needs to be enrolled in either the Chrome Enterprise or Education Upgrade programs to qualify for the Parallels Desktop pre-install.

The CBXKUS1900026 can be gotten at through either Ingram Micro or directly from CTL.net in the United States, and starts at US$799 for an 8/128GB configuration. For that price, it also has an AUE that is good up until 2028.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-13 (Update: 2021-11-13)