Google today announced the first Chromebase for Meetings device, from Acer. It’s a desktop computer designed exclusively for videoconferencing. It costs $799, and it’s available from Google’s partners in U.S, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Australia. It will become available in more countries later.
There have been Chromebase devices before. And two years ago Google itself jumped into the videoconferencing hardware business in 2014 with the launch of the Chromebox for Meetings. This is simpler. But it hints at Google’s commitment to coming out with more types of devices that meet the needs of companies.
Chromebase for Meetings is “an all-in-one secure video-conferencing device optimized for use in small meeting areas with up to two people,” Vidya Nagarajan, senior product manager of Chrome for Work at Google, wrote in a blog post.
It’s equipped with a 24-inch touchscreen display, an HD camera, four microphones, and two stereo speakers, Nagarajan wrote.
To encourage sales of the new devices, Google has an offer to sell $549 per device if you buy two, with management and support fee available for free.
Acer’s statement on the news is here.