Most ChromeOS devices are designed for either the consumer or educational markets, but Google’s operating system can also be used for commercial applications such as digital signage.
A cheap way to set up a ChromeOS based digital is to get a ChromeBit (around $100 used) and install one of the Digital Signage apps for the OS. But as I checked out Linux 5.4 changelog, I came across AOPEN Chromebox Mini (codename Fievel) powered by a Rockchip RK3288 processor and described as an “enterprise-ready” Chromebox for 24/7 operation as digital signage or kiosk.
- SoC – Rockchip RK3288C quad-core Cortex-A17 processor @ up to 1.8GHz with Arm Mali-T764MP GPU clocked at up to 600 MHz
- System Memory – Dual-channel 4GB LPDDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash
- Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p60
- Audio – 1x combo jack with Line out/Line in
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports with support for BC1.2 charging
- Misc – Power button with LED, external power switch header (SW+)
- Power Supply – 15~50V DC via a power jack; DC jack holder screw hole (right of DC jack in the photo below); support for AC Power Auto Recovery (APAR)
- Dimension – 146 x 93 x 24 mm
- Weight – 403g
- MTBF – 50,000 hrs
- Temperature Range – Operating: 0ºC ~ 40ºC; storage: -20ºC ~ 60ºC
- Relative Humidity – 90% (50ºC non-Condensing)
It’s sold on Amazon for around $260, and there are mixed reviews mostly from people bought it as a mini PC, si as the processor is quite slow for a typical end-user, but this should not be an issue for digital signage.
More details may be found on the product page. If you’d prefer something a bit more recent and powerful, the company introduced Chromebox Commercial 2 with a similar form factor, support for dual 4K output, and a choice of Intel Celeron 3865U or Core i3-8130u processor for respectively $363 and $683.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.