Acer Chromebox CXI4 review: small and mighty mini PC... with Chrome OS?

The Acer Chromebox CXI4 is an intriguing Chrome OS PC designed for enterprise power users, but home users might find it overkill.

An Acer Chromebox CXI4 mini PC sitting on a wooden desk
(Image: © Beth Crane)

Our Verdict

The Acer Chromebox CXI4 is a small PC with a very specific set of skills, and much like Liam Neeson in Taken, Photoshop isn’t one of them. It’s a tiny Chrome OS PC designed to fit into small spaces, and it’s relatively powerful; perfect for attaching to a screen in a kiosk or onto the back of a large drawing tablet. But its main drawback for creative users is its Chromebox limitations; users hoping to use its power with programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or ProTools will need to find an equivalent Google Store App.

For

  • Tiny
  • Incredibly easy to set up
  • Simple to use

Against

  • Chunky power adaptor
  • Limited uses for the price
  • Too simple for some users

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The Acer Chromebox CXI4 is a mini PC running Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS. It’s one of the most recent offerings in Google’s Chromebox range, and offers a lot of flexibility — but within specific limitations. It’s tiny, at 40mm by 148.5mm by 150mm, and can be easily mounted onto the back of a monitor to make a Chromebook AIO.

It’s also available in a Chrome Enterprise edition, which exposes its true design; the Chromebox CXI4 is specifically recommended for educational use, signage and digital kiosks. That isn’t a fault, per se, but it does explain a lot about the design.

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CPU:Intel i5 Quad Core Processor
RAM:2 x 4GB
Storage:256GB SSD
Ports:5 x USB-A, 1 x USB C, 2 x HDMI, MicroSD Port, Headphone jack, Ethernet port
Connectivity:Intel® Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Dimensions:40 x 148.5 x 150mm
Weight:610g
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Acer Chromebox CXI4 benchmark scoring
Mozilla Kraken::1248.4ms
Browserbench Speedometer:62.5
Browserbench Jetstream:143.4
PCMARK Work 3.0 for Android:9,986
Geekbench 5 AndroidSingle-core: 965
Row 5 - Cell 0 Multi-core: 2,775
The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

Acer Chromebox CXI4

The Acer Chromebox CXI4 is a small PC with a very specific set of skills, and much like Liam Neeson in Taken, Photoshop isn’t one of them. It’s a tiny Chrome OS PC designed to fit into small spaces, and it’s relatively powerful; perfect for attaching to a screen in a kiosk or onto the back of a large drawing tablet. But its main drawback for creative users is its Chromebox limitations; users hoping to use its power with programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or ProTools will need to find an equivalent Google Store App.