Hot on the digital signage market is the latest from AOPEN. The AOpen Chromebox Commercial 2 is the latest Chromebox in AOpen’s line of commercial grade Chrome products. AOpen is already well known for their commercial grade devices suited for harsh environments, and this new device is a great successor to the original Chromebox Commercial. The new device also fulfills many use cases with a commercial grade device where other consumer grade devices previously had to be used.  Much like the Chromebook combined the many functions of laptops and tablets into one platform, the AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2 fills the need of the previous Chromebox Commercial and the ASUS Chromebox 3.  Now you only need this one powerful device to fulfill all your digital signage uses and it is backed by AOPEN.

The Chromebox Commercial 2 boasts two 4K HDMI outputs that allow the device to power one 4K screen at 60Hz or two 4K screens at 30Hz. This makes it a perfect option for two screen video walls, interactive kiosks, and even simpler 4K non-interactive content. The device comes with the option of a modern Intel® Celeron or Core i3 processor that has plenty of power to run intensive visual content smoothly without hiccups.AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2

Like the previous commercial grade devices from AOpen, the Chromebox Commercial 2 comes with a rugged fanless enclosure that’s easy to mount for kiosks and enclosures. The device is noticeably larger than the previous Chromebox Commercial, and is much heavier. Still can be mounted behind a monitor, but with some care so the Chromebox doesn’t fall.  As all the other AOPEN devices, they are meant for 24/7 use and should be paired with commercial monitors, Arreya Digital Signage Software Service, and Chrome Enterprise Management for the most powerful and reliable platform in digital signage.

The powerful and rugged Chromebox Commercial 2 paired with Google Chrome Enterprise management is the perfect combo for reliable digital signage installations that are easy to manage and will last.

Pros:

  • Rugged, fanless enclosure, easy to mount, perfect form factor
  • External power switch connector, RS232 serial port
  • Powerful processor
  • Dual 4K video outputs

Cons:

  • Lacks USB-C
  • Much larger and heavier than other devices

Specs:

  • Fanless/non venting hole design
  • CPU: Intel® Celeron 3865U / Intel® Core i3-8130
  • DRAM: DDR4 4GB
  • Storage: 32G SSD
  • WiFi: WiFi Module Intel® 7265 M.2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 8.39 x 5.79 x 1.26 inch