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Asus unveils fanless mini-desktop, Chromebox, for $179

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Feb 2014 18:27 User comments (3)

Asus unveils fanless mini-desktop, Chromebox, for $179 Asus has unveiled an interesting new product this week running on Google's Chrome OS operating system, the Chromebox.
The Chromebox is a fanless, all-in-one mini-PC with 4.88" by 4.88" by 1.65" dimensions. The device is similar to Intel's NUC desktop, but at a lower price point, and with more components actually already in the device. The NUC is much more versatile but is more DIY.

Under the hood is a 1.4GHz dual-core Celeron 2955U (Intel Haswell), integrated Intel graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, an SD card slot and a Kensington lock slot. If you live outside the U.S., you will have the option to jump up to a Core i7-4600U, and U.S. buyers will also be able to upgrade to a 1.7GHz Core i3-4010U.

For connectivity, there are USB ports on the front side, two USB 3.0 ports on the back, one gigabit Ethernet jack, one full-size HDMI port, and one full-size DisplayPort.

Asus says the device will go on sale in March.

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3 user comments

15.2.2014 18:44

Is it locked down to Chrome OS or can I put whatever I want on there?

25.2.2014 18:54

Originally posted by DarkJello:
Is it locked down to Chrome OS or can I put whatever I want on there?
Most Chromebooks have been relatively easy to get Linux on, so I can't imagine this would be too hard, especially not for an Afterdawner :)

35.2.2014 18:59

Originally posted by DVDBack23:

Most Chromebooks have been relatively easy to get Linux on, so I can't imagine this would be too hard, especially not for an Afterdawner :)
Thanks, I've never been all that interested in Chrome OS, so I wasn't sure how locked down it was.

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