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ASUS Chromebox M004U

ASUS Chromebox M004U
alaScore 94

32 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and reliability are on the whole positive. The size and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, size, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ASUS Chromebox M004U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Asus Chromebox a good starting point for Chrome OS

 

If you're looking to get started in the world of Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a very good starting point--so long as you don't mind bringing your own peripherals.

The Asus Chromebox puts the Cloud-based world of Google's Chrome OS into a compact, attractive black box. For its low starting price, you get a decent performance for everyday tasks and a good assortment of ports and connections

You need to supply your own keyboard and mouse, which might not be as easy as it sounds. Only 16GB of storage might turn off some potential users, while power users will want to step up to the Core i3 version

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Asus Chromebox M004U review: Web-based life in desktop form, just add peripherals

 

This vehicle for web-based browsing, streaming, and computing can take a bigger display, a mouse and a keyboard—or slip into your media center.

Good-enough performance ; Four USB 3.0 ports ; Compact design, plus mounting bracket

Desktop design ; The Web, but little else

Although its lack of portability is a bit antiquated, the M004U's performance is perfectly adequate to the task at hand: surfing the Web for less.

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ASUS Chromebox Review

 

I see a lot of potential in Google's Chrome OS. Even today, I have no issues recommending the platform to friends and family with basic computing needs but who want something more traditional than a smartphone or tablet.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I’m a fan of Chrome OS. The OS isn’t flexible enough to function as a replacement for my needs, but for someone who basically needs a terminal to Gmail, Facebook and the internet in general - Chrome OS...

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Asus Chromebox M004U

 

The good news is that most users report that it's compatible with a wide variety of wireless and wired peripherals. The other issue is that at the time of this report, retail availability remains scarce. It's still back-ordered at many sellers, and...

Very inexpensive, Suitable for the way many people use their home computers, Easy to use, once you get used to Chrome, Viruses and other malware not an issue, for now

Will only run programs and apps designed for the Chrome OS, Works best with a solid Internet connection

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Compact, quiet, and cheap, Chrome OS is simple to use and malware-averse, Good selection of ports

Limited local storage, Chrome OS still isn't as versatile as Windows or OS X, Users who open lots of browser tabs will want more RAM

Again, we'd like to see 4GB of RAM come standard, but as long as you keep your open browser tabs in check, 2GB should be fine for most users. And if it isn't, adding an extra memory module is quite easy and shouldn't add significantly to the price.

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ASUS Chromebox

 

We use this little guy to stream TV shows, sports, Netflix and some browser games and it is AWESOME! I use it with an IOGEAR wireless keyboard and it's perfect for us. The only thing I would recommend is to bump the RAM up to 4GB. Mine came with...

1. Price - for what you get, this thing is VERY well priced. 2. Size - at about 5 inches square, it fits almost anywhere. 3. Speed - does everything I need it to quickly. 4. Silent - NO noise at all. 5. Features - WiFi, Bluetooth & SSD all ready...

Needs LPDDR3 RAM. I tried to use a Corsair 8GB kit that I had laying around and it wouldn't boot with it. You HAVE to use low voltage RAM

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Cute box for Ubuntu

 

Chrome OS may have a few uses, but most people buying these will want to put Linux on them. I used Chrubuntu as it allows a FULL Ubuntu install, all automated, while preserving Chrome OS--and allowing me to instantly wipe the machine back to factory...

Well made, near silent under stress, great machine for the price. You can install Ubuntu easily with Chrubuntu (or any Linux OS with more legwork). For linux users looking for a super cheap, tiny, power efficient, and quiet box, it's cool. You can also...

Chrome OS (at the time of writing) does NOT support HD playback with Netflix. This also (at the time of writing) applies to the Chrome browser in Linux. I was hoping for essentially a Netflix box with general computing ability. This is something that...

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USB port defective after 1 month

 

I bought this after trying to decide after the many models available in this format. There were a lot of choices when I purchased this and I was happy until the rear upper usb port failed. I thought it was a fluke since I had read about the review...

small footprint, lots of connectivity

looks like the build quality is not up to par with usb ports failing

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ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U

 

I bought this after trying to decide after the many models available in this format. There were a lot of choices when I purchased this and I was happy until the rear upper usb port failed. I thought it was a fluke since I had read about the review...

small footprint, lots of connectivity

looks like the build quality is not up to par with usb ports failing

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Look into this before buying.

 

Runs great when you have an internet connection

If you have an internet connect you cannot rely on or if you wish to use offline apps then this is NOT for you. Google tells me offline apps should work and they don't most of the time. One Google rep said to bring my setup to Starbucks..lol...I...