When Google announced its Chromebox For Meetings solution back in February, it promised it would be released in Australia "later this year". It's now officially available — but with a hefty "Australia tax" markup.
The Chromebox bundle, which includes ChromeOS-powered hardware from Asus, a camera, a microphone and a remote control, will cost $1450. The US pricing is $US999. Even after currency conversion and adding GST, that's a major difference. (Back at launch, I guessed at a price of $1299, which turns out to be way too low even with an assumed markup.)
With supermarket giant Woolworths one of the early testers for the platform, Google probably isn't overly concerned about the higher price tag. Then again, I bet Woolworths isn't paying $1450 a box.
Can you imagine Chromebox For Meetings being useful in your organisation? Tell us in the comments.
Aussies can now have better meetings with Chromebox for meetings [Google Australia Blog]