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ASUS announces the Chromebox, starting at $179

ASUS announces the Chrome OS-powered Chromebox, starting from $179 with 100GB of free Google Drive space

By: Anthony Garreffa from Feb 4, 2014 @ 8:00 CST

ASUS has just announced the Chromebox, a small NUC-like compact PC that features Chrome OS. ASUS' Chromebox features deeply integrated Google services thanks to Google's OS, as well as access the popular services such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu.


The company has used Intel's fourth-generation Core or "Haswell" processors, the latest 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi tech, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and SD card reader. As for display outputs, we have HDMI and DisplayPort, which will drive 4K or Ultra HD displays. A nice touch for something that starts off at just $179.


There will be three CPUs on offer depending on the market you're based in, the Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, or Core i7-4600U. It'll come with 2GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, but can be optioned with 4GB of RAM. For storage, we have 16GB of built-in M.2 NGFF storage, backed up by 100GB of free Google Drive storage (which is for a limited time).

Total power draw is just 65W, and dimensions, we have 4.88 x 4.88 x 1.65 inches. ASUS will also be including a VESA mount kit in the box, which will allow the Chromebox to be attached to the back of your monitor (if you have the right VESA-capable screen).

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