Published on March 12th, 2014 | by admin
Asus introduced this month their newest Asus Chromebox it’s everyhting that you could expect from a Chome OS computer but you need to add peripherals.
First of all, the market approach by Google for this Asus Chromebox is completely different from Chromebooks which sales channels have been directed to students needs for a low cost laptop with small dimensions but the Chromebox might have thought about a new target: accomodations services such as hostels where you can find shared area with computer that basicly is used to surf the web where guests need a quick access to their facebook accounts, Gmail and news websites but there is also space for companies that required a small box for their conferences or meetings through Google Hangout application.
There are 3 different models: Chromebox-M004U with a Celeron Processor and 2G Ram, Chromebox-M025U with a Core i3 and 4G Ram and the best model Chromebox-M020U with a Core i7 and 4Gb Ram.
Asus Chromebox for Business
The best model of Asus Chromebox has been designed just for business purposes and it includes a Core 2.1Ghz i7, 4Mb L3 cache, 4Gb Ram, an external HD camera, a microphone/conference speaker and a keyboard-equipped remote with the announcing price of $999 including $250 of support for the first year. More information here.
Asus Chromebox for Home:
If you are a regular user like most of us the lower version is equipped with:
- Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz
- 2Mb L3 Cache
- 2G Ram inserted in just one slot
- 4 x USB Ports
- 1 x Hdmi Port
- 1 x Display Port
- 1 x Card Reader
- 1 x Ethernet Port
- 1 x Audio Jack
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Wifi Dual Band
- Kensington lock port
- 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM Slots
- 16GB M2 SSD with free 100GB Google Drive for 2 year
- Support 4K Playback
- Support Dual Monitor
The Asus Chromebox dimensions are 4.9 inches by 4.9 inches by 1.67 inches and it includes a bracket for mounting it on a wall.
Upgrade your Chromebox
If you are willing to spend some more money you can upgrade your Chromebox for the Chromebox-M025U model that has an Intel Core i3 1.7GHz processor, with 3MB L3 cache, 4G Ram and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip that can support display resolutions up to 4K this unit cost $370.
In case you just need an extra kick of memory you can buy at Amazon another DDR3 Ram of 2Gb that you can easily place at your free slot since the standard version just has 1 slot occupied for as low as $25 and you can also upgrade the SSD to an higher capacity disk but keep in mind that this operation might void your warranty and you will need a screwdriver.
Support playback 4k
The Core i3-powered Chromebox will be able to playback 4K monitors via the DisplayPort and the Intel HD Graphics 4400.
That’s the biggest surprise: $179 ! If you consider that only the processor cost about $100 and you will have access to 100Gb Google Drive for 2 years that equals to almost $120 plus as well as a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access worth $20.