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ASUS Chromebox M004U

ASUS Chromebox M004U
alaScore 92

40 reviews

Apr, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of ASUS Chromebox M004U. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments 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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 40 reviews)

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Expert review by: CNET (cnet.com)

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

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Mark Hachman (pcworld.com)

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.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

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...

Mar, 2014
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Expert review by: consumersearch.com (consumersearch.com)

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

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

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.

Mar, 2014

Consumer review by: ellisol (newegg.com)

Great XBMC box

 

I tried to use wireless to stream video but unless I put the router within 5 foot of the box I had stutter issues and menus did not seem as snappy. I had XBMC Kodi installed for a while but due to PVR issues I went back to Gotham.

Small, silent, fast. Gigabyte Ethernet and USB 3.0 support ; I removed the Chrome operating system and installed OpenElec with Gotham XBMC. Menu access is very snappy and 1080P plays flawless. No heat problems, runs cool

Power button takes a little pressure to push and doesn't have a click for feedback. Since the unit is so small you about have to pick up the box to push

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: JOSH S. (newegg.com)

Works like a champ

 

Great value, so cheap that you can just buy spares in case you every have hardware issues, no warranty or support needed.

Low cost digital signage controller for use with risevision software. There is a chrome plugin for risevision player, a few tweaks to auto run and you are good to go

Seems to be no wake on lan, but that isn't a huge deal for something that can just be left on 24/7

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: cutterjohn (newegg.com)

ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U

 

Dual booting chrome os(it's 38.xx while my i3/C720 is 39.xx) and openelec/kodi for now. Planning to replace SSD w/128GB already swapped out the anemic 16GB for the 32GB leftover from my C720 upgrade(128GB - chrooting xfce ubuntu to turn it into a more...

Low price for a complete package ; Replaceable SSD (m.2 ngff type 2242 max I've seen on these are 256GB) ; 2x204 SODIMM 1.35v (DDR3L) sockets(MUCH appreciated over the gimped chromebooks with soldered RAM)

Higher end CPUs increase in cost too much v. the haswell celerons, e.g. the i3-4010U m0075u and the incredibly egregiously overpriced i7 variant

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: cutterjohn (newegg.com)

Decent lowend HTPC setup/net client

 

Dual booting chrome os(it's 38.xx while my i3/C720 is 39.xx) and openelec/kodi for now. Planning to replace SSD w/128GB already swapped out the anemic 16GB for the 32GB leftover from my C720 upgrade(128GB - chrooting xfce ubuntu to turn it into a more...

Low price for a complete package ; Replaceable SSD (m.2 ngff type 2242 max I've seen on these are 256GB) ; 2x204 SODIMM 1.35v (DDR3L) sockets(MUCH appreciated over the gimped chromebooks with soldered RAM)

Higher end CPUs increase in cost too much v. the haswell celerons, e.g. the i3-4010U m0075u and the incredibly egregiously overpriced i7 variant

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: TA13 (newegg.com)

Great Box

 

I plan to replace all of my clients with one of these compact, light and quiet chromeboxes.

I was using my main tower to run as a client for KODI/XBMC in the livingroom. But man oh man, the fans were so loud I would have to crank the volume up just to drown out the jet engine sound ; I replaced my main tower with this chromebox (running...

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Jan, 2015