Asus announces Chromebox PC for March release, starting at $179

Asus announces Chromebox PC for March release, starting at $179

Summary: The latest mini-desktop to run Google's Chrome OS will feature Intel's Haswell processors and support for 4K Ultra High Definition video playback.

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While Chromebooks are starting to make an impact on the laptop market, Chromeboxes haven't had the same luck cracking the desktop realm. That isn't preventing Asus from announcing its entry, which will join Samsung's version of a mini-PC running Google's Chrome OS. (LG has announced an all-in-one Chromebox desktop as well.)

At this point, Samsung's Chromebox is mostly available in refurbished models, having not been refreshed in some time. In comparison, the new Asus can offer 2014 specs like Intel Haswell processors -- either a Core i3-4010U or a Celeron 2955U (and a Core i7 option will be available outside of the U.S.) -- and support for 4K Ultra High Definition resolution video playback via its HDMI and Display Port outputs.

Despite its tiny dimensions (4.88x4.88x1.65 inches), the Asus Chromebox also squeezes in four USB 3.0 ports and a SD card reader, along with Bluetooth support and built-in 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi. As with other Chrome-running devices, it won't come with much onboard storage -- a 16GB SSD -- but you will get 100GB of Google Drive space for free.

And like many other Chrome systems, the price for the Asus Chromebox is also small: It will be available in March with a starting price of $179 (probably for the Celeron model). Will that aggressive pricing make it more successful than the Samsung Chromebox? Let us know in the Talkback section below.        

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  • Wow! 4K video!

    That's amazing. A $179 device that can play Ultra-High-Definition video.

    Plus, it's got multiple USB-3 outputs if you want to add extra storage (for those that need it). Plus, all the app development is happening on Android, while the traditional PC loses favor.

    This is the sort of device that will get people to rethink what a personal computer is.
    Vbitrate
    • Moron.

      You gave up window management for your phone, and now since most people still need to do work (besides via browser) you are rooting for the bastards who are trying to assimilate them by force by diluting the PC market.
      Subsentient
      • forgot to take your medication?

        You are not making sense at all. Take your pills and go back to bed.
        Jean-Pierre-
  • Seems like it'd be a decent Barebones kit.

    That said, I'd prefer if it came with something that wasn't Chrome OS.

    That way, I could dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu without any problems (Chrome OS isn't nice with other operating systems).

    Still, for the specs, it's not a bad price.

    If it's using soldered flash memory instead of an SSD however, it's a no-deal for me.

    I wouldn't buy a desktop computer without upgrade-able storage.
    ForeverCookie
    • dual boot

      i dual boot ubuntu and chrome os on the intel based chromebook with very few problems. I imagine it would be just as easy on the desktop model. These chrome devices are linux based anyway so it's just accessing them
      mattbehnken
  • Asus announces Chromebox PC for March release

    With ZDNet constantly telling us that PC sales are down and the PC is dead I can't see this device selling at all. It doesn't know what it wants to be. A jack of all trades, master of none. Due to its linux roots as soon as its connected to the internet it will become infected and be a spambot.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • You are a curious troll.

      I agree with most of what you say, yet you always discredit me/us by trolling.
      Subsentient
  • Asus announces Chromebox PC for March release, starting at $179

    With ZDNet constantly telling us that PC sales are down and the PC is dead I can't see this device selling at all. It doesn't know what it wants to be. A jack of all trades, master of none. Due to its linux roots as soon as its connected to the internet it will become infected and be a bot.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • That's unlikely

      Since Chromeboxes and Chromebooks basically don't let you run anything, so there's nothing to get infected. They are web browsing appliances. Super secure, but also don't really do much of anything.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Linux bot??

      Maybe you can install XP on yours, L.R.
      james.vandamme
  • Price in the Base model would indicate compromises....

    Finally all round USB 3.0 support. The Intel i3 and i7 options are good news however the Intel Celeron remains on the the base model which is not so good. It would have been better to have Intel i3 on the base model. Also I was heavily critical of the Intel Celeron on the LG AIO Chrome Base and lack of all round USB 3.0 support. It is not indicated the amount of RAM will be included in the package however I should imagine it would be 2GB in the base model rising to 4GB.
    5735guy
  • Wyse terminal replacement

    Much cheaper, supports dual monitors, and has Citrix Redirector support? I think we might have a replacement for those over priced Wyse boxes.
    rahn@...
    • It's close...

      Unfortunately, the Citrix app doesn't work very well at all yet.
      phantomtofu
  • cord cutting

    All you need is an HDMI cable, wireless keyboard, and www.stingytv.com and you have an open and powerful cord cutting device!
    stingytv
  • 4K video for what?

    Also this is pretty useless, you can build a AMD APU HTPC for around $180... And it will have alot more power than this. nevermind the barebones kits that are avaiable and Socket FS1b dropping in march (which will have the low power APU's come to destkop) machines like this will be very easy to build with AMD's graphics handily beating Intel i dont know why anyone would want one of these things...
    Jimster480