ASUS Chromebox – Run Chrome OS on your Desktop

Anyone heard/seen of Chromebook PC and Chrome OS would love this post, ASUS has come up with a hardware which can run Chrome OS by connecting it to a desktop.

Last month ASUS announced its NUC-sized Chromebox, a small form factor affordable desktop running Google’s Chrome OS. The Chromebox will be available with three different CPU options, all based on Intel’s Haswell architecture (dual-core Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U or Core i7-4600U). Contrary to what ASUS told us last month, none of these units are fanless.

The ASUS Chromebox will start at $179 for the dual-core 1.4GHz Celeron 2955U model. The very low price point includes 2GB of memory, a 16GB M.2 SSD, 100GB of Google Drive space, and dual-band 802.11n WiFi.


ASUS Chromebox
ASUS ChromeboxIntel Haswell NUC
OS PreloadedGoogle Chrome OSNone
CPUIntel 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)
GPUCeleron: 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)
Memory2GB/4GB configs, 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM Slots2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM Slots
Storage16GB M.2 SSD + 100GB Google Drive for 2 years1 x mini PCIe (full length)
LAN10/100/1000 Ethernet10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wirelessdual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, BT 4.01 x mini PCIe (half length)
External I/OSD 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 Supply65W65W
Dimensions4.88″ x 4.88″ x 1.65″4.59″ x 4.41″ x 1.36″
Starting Price$179$285


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