The latest CTL Chromebox comes with Wi-Fi 6, upgradeable RAM and a USB type C port
CTL has launched its latest Chrome OS-powered device, the CBx2. The OEM touts this new device as a capable desktop-alternative without the usual bulk or energy requirements. Its specs are also distributed over a wide spectrum of potential competence, which is seen even in its 2 main variants which feature either the Intel Celeron 5205U or Core i7-10610U processors
These SKUs have 4 and 8GB of RAM respectively by default, although CTL also allows the option of replacing these sticks with ones for up to 16GB in the CBx2's "Celeron" model, or even 64GB in the "Core i7" variant. In addition, the latter has a 128GB SSD (which could also be upgraded) as opposed to the former's 64GB eMMC memory.
Accordingly, both variants have integrated UHD graphics - although they can still support an up to 4K display each. Furthermore, the Intel AX201 wireless-card is in evidence here, which confers the MU-MIMO standard for its Wi-Fi 6, as well as Bluetooth 5.1.
The CBx2 also exhibits 4 USB type A ports, 2 on either side. 3 are USB 3.0 ports, whereas the lone 2.0 on the rear is joined by 1 USB type C. The new Chromebox also has 2 HDMI ports, a VESA mount, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm jack.
The CTL Chromebox CBx2 is offered with black or deep gray enclosures (with the option of painting the same on the OEM's website) and a 1 year parts and labor warranty. It can be pre-ordered now, but will not ship until November 2020. The Celeron variant starts at US$259, whereas the Core i7-powered models (which lack the 64GB RAM option at present) go for $729 at the least.