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Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

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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ren907
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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bodermatt
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Key Specs

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Other
CPU family
Celeron
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi
Model
Celeron Edition

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Other

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron) (2955U)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi

Networking

WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Built-in microphone
No
Speakers
None

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Other features

16 GB (total)
Model
i3 Edition

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Other

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3) (4010)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi

Networking

WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Built-in microphone
No
Speakers
None

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Other features

16 GB (total)
Model
i7 Edition

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Other

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi

Networking

WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Built-in microphone
No
Speakers
None

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Other features

16 GB (total)
Model
for Meetings

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Other

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi

Networking

WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
3.0 (2 port(s))

Audio

Built-in microphone
No
Speakers
None

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Other features

16 GB (total)
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