77
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A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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It may not offer the flexibility of a traditional desktop, but the ASUS Chromebox offers a refined version of Chrome OS suitable for households in need of a secondary desktop with little overhead. Size is a big draw for the Chromebox, with Liliputing noting that its small size "takes up less space than a CD case," granting more flexibility in where you put it. With three different CPU configurations available, the bare minimum you can get is a Celeron processor, which Ars Technica points out saying is "more than good enough for what Chrome OS is intended for: light browsing." PC Mag is happy with the system's performance, and finds that "viewing streaming 1080p videos online was mostly a smooth experience." ChromeOS won't offer the same flexibility as Windows or OS X, but if you just need a cheap device to get on the web, the ASUS Chromebox provides a more than adequate solution.

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7.4
 

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8.7
 

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7.5
 

Power consumption

8.0
 

Design and form factor

7.4
 

Noise

8.4
 

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