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ASUS Chromebox: fanless $179 PC with Chrome OS & Intel Inside

ASUS Chromebox

Google is pushing their Chrome OS very furiously. It was mostly shipped in cheap notebooks but now Google is pushing it into the desktop space as well. The latest effort is ASUS Chromebox. It’s a mini-PC which comes in a form factor similar to the Intel NUC system and its obviously made by ASUS. As the NUC systems and unlike most of the Chromebooks, the ASUS Chromebox is running on latest Intel Haswell platform in a fanless chassis.

ASUS Chromebox

ASUS Chromebox Specifications & Pricing:

The ASUS Chromebox comes with three CPU options; Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U or the Core i7-4600U. All three have 15W TDP however only the former two will be available in US. Other specifications include up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and SD card reader. I/O ports include four USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort and audio jacks. 4K UHD video out is support on the Core models. This Chromebox starts at $179 and ships with 16GB M.2 SSD however Google is offering 100GB of Google Drive space for 2 years to make up for the low storage space on-board.

ASUS Chromebox

Here is a specifications comparison of the ASUS Chromebox with Intel NUC (thanks to AnandTech):

ASUS Chromebox Intel Haswell NUC
OS Preloaded Google Chrome OS None
CPU Intel Celeron 2955U (2C/2T 1.4GHz 2MB L3)
Intel Core i3-4010U (2C/4T 1.7GHz 3MB L3)
Intel Core i7-4600U (2C/4T 2.1/3.3GHz 4MB L3)
Intel Core i3-4010U (2C/4T 1.7GHz 3MB L3)
Intel Core i5-4250U (2C/4T 1.3/2.6GHz 3MB L3)
GPU Celeron: Intel HD (200/1000MHz)
Core i3: Intel HD 4400 (200/1000MHz)
Core i7: Intel HD 4400 (200/1100MHz)
Core i3: Intel HD 4400 (200/1000MHz)
Core i5: Intel HD 5000 (200/1000MHz)
Memory 2GB/4GB configs, 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM Slots 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM Slots
Storage 16GB M.2 SSD + 100GB Google Drive for 2 years 1 x mini PCIe (full length)
LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, BT 4.0 1 x mini PCIe (half length)
External I/O SD card reader
4 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Audio Jack (mic-in/speaker out)
4 x USB 3.0
1 x mini HDMI
1 x mini DisplayPort
1 x Audio Jack (mic-in/speaker out)
Power Supply 65W 65W
Dimensions 4.88″ x 4.88″ x 1.65″ 4.59″ x 4.41″ x 1.36″
Starting Price $179 $285

The ASUS Chromebox will ship with VESA mount and expected to hit shelves sometime in march.

ASUS Chromebox

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