Tuesday, February 4th 2014

ASUS Chromebox Announced, Starts at $179

ASUS today announced the Chromebox. ASUS Chromebox is a stylish and compact device thoughtfully designed to simplify home, classroom or office computing. It is easy to set up right out of the box, and starts up in seconds to give users quick access to their favorite applications, games and websites. It provides integrated virus and malware protection and automatically updates itself for a safe hassle-free user experience.

"The ASUS Chromebox offers the simplicity, security and speed of Chrome OS in the most compact and powerful Chrome device to date," said Felix Lin, director of product management, Google. "Perfect for home, the classroom or the office, Chromebox is designed for the way we use computers today."

Simplified computing for everyone
ASUS Chromebox provides a gateway to the world of Google web services and thousands of Chrome Web Store apps designed for business, education and home, including many popular services like YouTube, Hulu Plus and Netflix. Users are provided with 100 GB of Google Drive space, turning the ASUS Chromebox into a complete data hub for their other personal PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Users can access all of their data and files in the cloud by simply logging in to their Google Account on any device, anywhere.

A 4th generation Intel processor that provides very responsive multitasking performance powers ASUS Chromebox and ensures users won't be kept waiting when working on documents, streaming HD video, browsing the web or playing the latest game. It features 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi to speed web browsing and other online activities. Four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader are included to ease everyday tasks such as transferring files, photos and other media. ASUS Chromebox is compatible with a wide range of USB devices, including external storage devices, keyboards, mice, webcams and USB hubs, making it easy to expand as needed.

In addition, ASUS Chromebox features HDMI and DisplayPort outputs for dual monitor capability and support for next-generation 4K Ultra High Definition (4K/UHD) displays. This gives users the flexibility to use desktop displays or large-screen TVs, giving them more room to work, collaborate or play.

Secure and safe account-based access
The account-based, login and start working or playing nature of ASUS Chromebox makes it an easy-to-use family, classroom or office computer. Users can quickly add new Google Accounts for each family member, classmate or co-worker, and can switch accounts at any time ensuring each user's data is safe and secure. Parental controls ensure a safe web environment for kids, and ASUS Chromebox takes the hassle out of computing to allow users - young and old - to enjoy everything the web has to offer. It integrates perfectly with today's digital lifestyles, enabling users to bring one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos and free video calls via Google Hangouts, for example, or create, edit and share office documents with Google Docs in real-time.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS Chromebox will be available at leading North American resellers in March with pricing starting at $179 US. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information on availability, configurations and pricing.
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9 Comments on ASUS Chromebox Announced, Starts at $179

#1
birdie
Specs for those who's really interested in buying it:



Two things are not clear - whether it has expandable storage and whether you can get rid of ChromeOS and install something less Internet dependable, like Windows or Linux. I'm particularly interested in Linux.
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#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I love computers now, even the slowest ones are quite capable.
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#3
micropage7
the spec looks nice, just chrome OS that makes many people think about it again
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Hilux SSRG
by: birdie
Specs for those who's really interested in buying it:



Two things are not clear - whether it has expandable storage and whether you can get rid of ChromeOS and install something less Internet dependable, like Windows or Linux. I'm particularly interested in Linux.
I would be interested as well if Chrome OS was replaceable.

I don't know enough about Linux, but what Linux type? would work well for a small box like this?
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#5
Liquid Cool
The Celeron and Core i3 these come with are fanless. Not bad. Toss linux on there and you're good to go. I'll definitely be nabbing one of these.

LC
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#6
W1zzard
I'd be interested in one of these with Windows as Media PC
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#7
FX-GMC
by: W1zzard
I'd be interested in one of these with Windows as Media PC
I'd jump on one if you can put windows on it. Especially at that price.
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birdie
by: Hilux SSRG
I would be interested as well if Chrome OS was replaceable.

I don't know enough about Linux, but what Linux type? would work well for a small box like this?
Linux drives Raspberry Pi and built in appliances with just 16MB of RAM. Try to install Windows XP on them (the oldest supported Windows).
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TheLaughingMan
by: birdie
Specs for those who's really interested in buying it:



Two things are not clear - whether it has expandable storage and whether you can get rid of ChromeOS and install something less Internet dependable, like Windows or Linux. I'm particularly interested in Linux.
Its Linux. As long as you can erase the HDD, you can install Linux on it. Everything else about is just a small PC with limited expandability. As long as you are not trying to put Windows 8.1 on here, I am sure you are fine.
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