Last year Google introduced the Chromebox for the first time, which is a small PC that started at $329, that came with ChromeOS pre-installed, and you needed to hook it up to a monitor. This year, Google along with its partner Samsung are launching the second version, which will be priced the same - $329.
The new Chromebox comes with:
- Intel® Celeron processor
- 4 GB RAM
- Built-in dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Gigabit ethernet
- 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage1 with Solid State Drive
- 6 USB 2.0 ports
If you have an extra monitor lying around the house, and you could need like a kitchen PC to browse the web on it, then this could be a decent solution for that. You pay $329 and you get relatively low-end browsing experience, but it should be good enough for a computer you won't use for work or for gaming.
For a little less, you could get a whole Chromebook, though, such as the HP Chromebook 11, which being a notebook comes not only with its own display, but also its own keyboard and touchpad, so you won't need to keep an extra keyboard and mouse around, too. Plus, it has an IPS display, so chances are it's much better than whatever old monitor you have lying around.
I don't think we'll see a surge of Chromeboxes and Chromebooks sales anytime soon, but at the same time I also don't think there's any reason for them to sell any less than they do right now. I think the sales of ChromeOS devices will keep climbing steadily, until they hit a tipping point when a lot of "influential" people have one (say 10 percent of the market), and then they start recommending them to everyone.
Maybe they won't necessarily be "work computers", but affordable computers that people who don't need expensive and complex tools like Photoshop, could use them to browse the web, play a few web games, create documents, and chat with friends. ChromeOS is a simple and very secure OS that doesn't fulfill everyone's needs, but can fulfill the most basic ones very well, and for some people, that's all they need.