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ViewSonic launches its first mini PC - the NMP660 Chromebox

The NMP660 Chromebox is ViewSonic's first endeavor to expand into the mini PC market. (Source: ViewSonic)
The NMP660 Chromebox is ViewSonic's first endeavor to expand into the mini PC market. (Source: ViewSonic)
ViewSonic is expanding into the mini PC market with its first ever Chromebox device that acts as an all-in-one education, signage and enterprise cloud management solution. The NMP660 is 4K-ready and integrates Intel's Celeron 3865U CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, while offering varied connectors and security features.

ViewSonic’s brand is usually associated with quality visual solutions such as LCD displays and projectors, but the Californian company seems to be looking to expand into other niche markets as of late. With the latest announcement of the NMP660 Chromebox, ViewSonic is making its debut on the mini PC market in order to provide collaborative tools for the Google classroom education infrastructure. The new Chromebox can also serve as a signage player and desktop virtualization solution for conference rooms.

Spec-wise, the NMP660 Chromebox runs the latest version of Chrome OS and is powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake 1.8 GHz Celeron 3865U dual-core CPU coupled with 4 GB of RAM, plus 32 GB internal storage. The processor integrates the HD Graphics 610 GPU, which is powerful enough to support fluid 4K content that can be played directly on a ViewSonic compatible LCD LED display or projector. In this respect, the mini PC connector list includes 3x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x HDMI, an audio jack, a GbE jack and a microSD card reader. As far as the portability is concerned, the Chromebox measures 6 x 5.8 x1.7 inches and weighs 1.4 lbs.

The Google GMS certification and full Google Play/Chrome web store support enable the NMP660 Chromebox to run a multitude of applications, while the Google Management console offers easy access to education and corporation apps. The Chrome-based mini PC also integrates security features such as automatic updates, sandboxing environments, verified boot control, data encryption via TPM module, plus a simple data recovery process.

Expected to ship some time in April, the ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox mini PC will feature a US$349 MSRP.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-03-16 (Update: 2018-03-17)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.