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Asus Chromebox

Asus Chromebox
alaScore 91

245 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 14 expert reviews and 231 user reviews from international sources. experts rate this product 74/100 and users rate it 86/100. The average review date is May 3, 2015. We have compared these reviews to 343404 reviews from other Desktop Computers. The alaSCORE™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: Aug 14, 2018.

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Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Asus Chromebox review

 

The Asus Chromebox is one of those products that does what it says and says what it does: It's a box that runs Chrome OS, Google's Web-based operating system.

The Asus Chromebox puts the Cloud-based world of Google's Chrome OS into a compact, attractive black box. For its low starting price, you get a decent performance for everyday tasks and a good assortment of ports and connections.

You need to supply your own keyboard and mouse, which might not be as easy as it sounds. Only 16GB of storage might turn off some potential users, while power users will want to step up to the Core i3 version.

If you're looking to get started in the world of Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a very good starting point--so long as you don't mind bringing your own peripherals.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

ASUS Chromebox Review

 

I see a lot of potential in Google's Chrome OS. Even today, I have no issues recommending the platform to friends and family with basic computing needs but who want something more traditional than a smartphone or tablet.

What Chrome OS makes you sacrifice in flexibility, you gain in security. The relative immunity to viruses and malware makes the Chromebox an easy platform to recommend to novice users that are up for a somewhat unique learning curve.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Asus Chromebox a good starting point for Chrome OS

 

If you don't mind bringing your own keyboard, mouse, and display, this little black box is an inexpensive way to leave traditional OS computers behind.

The ; puts the Cloud-based world of Google's Chrome OS into a compact, attractive black box. For its low starting price, you get a decent performance for everyday tasks and a good assortment of ports and connections.

You need to supply your own keyboard and mouse, which might not be as easy as it sounds. Only 16GB of storage might turn off some potential users, while power users will want to step up to the Core i3 version.

If you're looking to get started in the world of Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a very good starting point--so long as you don't mind bringing your own peripherals.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Brian Westover (tomsguide.com)

Asus Chromebox Review: Chrome OS Goes Desktop

 

The Asus Chromebox is more than just a niche product; it's the oddball overlap in a Venn diagram, putting Google's laptop-friendly Chrome OS into a tiny mini PC. This machine is compact and inexpensive, but the limitations of Chrome on the desktop and...

Inexpensive ; Good port selection ; Strong online performance ; Supports 4K resolution and multiple monitors

Chrome OS means no Windows programs ; Relies heavily on online connectivity

The Asus Chromebox is an early experiment in putting Chrome OS into a tiny desktop, and it feels like it. You can get online and enjoy a range of web apps and extensions, but the little desktops limitations are hard to ignore.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Asus Chromebox review

 

The Asus Chromebox is a tiny little machine that runs Google's Chrome OS and it's smaller than a stack of old-school CD cases. Asus has jam-packed it full of decent tech, including super-speed USB 3.0 and an SD card reader, but is it enough to replace...

Meet the Asus Chromebox, a tiny PC that sports an Intel processor and also runs Chrome OS. That means you'll be doing plenty of your work online with Google's operating system, but it's decent enough to browse the web, check your emails and word...

Chrome OS, while still progressing at an impressive rate, isn't a viable alternative if you really need software that's only available on OS X or Windows. If Google Docs isn't enough to get by for your writing needs, you won't be able to install Word...

The Asus Chromebox is a decent little machine perfect for the kids or older members of the family, as its easy to use, quick and punchy and doesn't cost the earth either. While there are pricier options available that pack in faster silicon, you won't...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Kevin Purcell (gottabemobile.com)

ASUS Chromebox

 

The new ASUS Chromebox just made its way to online stores, giving ChromeOS lovers a new option for their desktop, living room or board room. You can hook the ASUS Chromebox up to a TV set, or a projector, and enjoy online video or play casual games...

Most users spend their time inside their computer’s web browser. If that’s you, then consider the ASUS Chromebox as a great, small form factor desktop or home entertainment computer. The size even makes it useful for road warriors who carry a projector...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Asus Chromebox Review and Ratings

 

For those with limited computing needs—particularly those upgrading from an old desktop—Asus' Chromebox is a great alternative to a pricier Windows 8 or OS X machine, though getting used to doing everything in a browser window will take some time.

Compact, quiet, and cheap ; Chrome OS is simple to use and malware-averse ; Good selection of ports

Limited local storage ; Chrome OS still isn't as versatile as Windows or OS X ; Users who open lots of browser tabs will want more RAM

Every time we revisit Google's Chrome OS, the ecosystem feels slightly more feature-rich and appealing. And with Asus' Chromebox, we finally feel the OS is ready to take center stage as the primary operating system for users who have limited computing...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Brad Linder (liliputing.com)

Asus Chromebox review (Chrome desktop with Celeron CPU)

 

Sure, the $179 model doesn’t include a

Mar, 2014

Expert review by (gadgets.ndtv.com)

Asus Chromebox review: Great streaming device

 

You'll have to decide whether you want to use the Chromebox as a general-purpose computer or as a streaming device.

Expert review by (xataka.com)

ASUS Chromebox

 

Era el último dispositivo que faltaba por presentar, ya que el día que Intel anunció junto a Google que iban a utilizar sus nuevos procesadores Haswell en los ordenadores *Chrome OS*, apareció en imágenes. Hoy el *ASUS Chromebox* es oficial, con unas...

Product Specifications

Certificates

Certification:BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/C-Tick/WiFi/RF/VCCI / BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/RCM/WiFi/RF/VCCI / BSMI/CE/FCC/UL/CCC/Energy Star/WiFi/RF/VCCI
Energy Star certified:Y / Yes

Design

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis Type:0.6L sized PC / 0.8L sized PC / 2L sized PC / USFF
Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue / Blue / Grey
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Volume:0.8
Water cooling system: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:950
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1912 / 0x416 / 0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Memory

Internal Memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ad, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW / N / No
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included: Yes
Display included:N / No
Keyboard Included:N / Y
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N / Yes

Performance

Audio system:HD
Motherboard chipset:Intel H110
Product Type:Mini PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:2 / 4
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:2 / 4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power Supply:65 / 90

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3 / QPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1866,2133,1600 / 2133,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1 / 2X4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 3.3
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Celeron / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:2955U / I3-4010U / i3-4100U / I3-6100U / I5-6400T / I7-4600U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1168 / LGA 1151 (Socket H4)
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0 / D0 / D1 / R0
System bus rate:4 / 5 / 8
Tcase:66
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 35
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):No / Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:No / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Y / Yes
OS Guard: No
Processor ARK ID:2955U / 75107 / 75110 / 75608 / 76616 / 88180 / 88187
Processor code:SR16P / SR16Q / SR16Y / SR1EA / SR2BS / SR2EU
Processor package size:37.5 / 40 / 42
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0 / SSE4.2,AVX 2.0,SSE4.1
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015A
UART:Y / Yes

Software

Operating system installed:Chrome OS / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MiniSD, PSVita / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Storage Media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 16

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.4 / 124 / 131 / 196.3
Height :4.19 / 4.2 / 41.9 / 52 / 61.9
Weight:2.2 / 600 / 700
Width:12.4 / 124 / 131 / 197.5