Today Asus announced the newest addition to their lineup of devices running Google’s ChromeOS. The Asus Chromebox is a very inexpensive desktop option that is designed for business, home and educational use. With a startup time of mere seconds, and being very easy to set up right out of the box, Asus’s ChromeOS devices (both Chromebook portable computers and their new Chromebox desktop) are very good for educational settings, as they provide ease of use coupled with an integrated Chrome browsing and app experience.
At 4.88 x 4.88 x 1.65”, the Asus Chromebox is a small machine packing a lot of ChromeOS power. Featuring either an Intel Celeron 2955U or 4th-generation Intel Core i3-4010U processor, 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM, a 16 GB SSD (in addition to a period of 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage), and up to Intel HD 4400 graphics, it will be a very capable machine for running ChromeOS apps. Select markets can also upgrade to a 4th-generation Intel Core i7-4600 U processor for even more punch. Google Drive is accessible from any other device via a linked account (including laptops running Chrome and via Android smartphones or tablets).
For connectivity, the Chromebox features dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 capability. It features 4 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and DisplayPort for dual-screen viewing, a 2-in-1 card reader, and speaker out/microphone in audio jacks. The i3 and i7 versions of the device will also feature support for 4K ultra HD television resolution, for use with large screens as a monitor.
The Asus Chromebox is slated for release in March at leading North American resellers, with basic configurations starting at $179.