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ASUS Chromebox M004U

ASUS Chromebox M004U
alaScore 95

31 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and reliability. The size and value for money are also appreciated.

usability, value for money, 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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Asus Chromebox


The Asus Chromebox is one of those products that does what it says and says what it does: It's a box that runs Chrome OS, Google's Web-based operating system.

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.

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.

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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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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

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Very Impressive


For general computer use like web surfing and typing documents & spreadsheets, this is great. For gamers and those dependent on downloaded programs this isn't what you need.

Fast and dependable. Minimal virus concerns

Limited capabilities. Takes some effort to learn a different system, but not too difficult

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Box is a a nice small size

This chromebox is under-powered. There is lag opening a browser window/chrome! Web pages load slow. I have it right next to my PC and things take a lot longer on the chromebox ; The security settings are lacking. I tried to setup a user for my son, but...

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This is about the best all in one openelec box you can buy at the price. Easy install, high WAF and everything runs fast and smooth. My RasPi's are going out to greener pastures, like monitoring temperature and taking time-lapse nature photos. If you...

Decent CPU/GPU, better than the Atom Celerons ; Pretty good wifi and bt ; Ram, case, PSU and boot drive included ; Solid HTPC base

The PSU is a hulky, popout-plug type unit thing that plugs directly into the wall. I'd have preferred a laptop style PSU with IEC pigtail

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Excellent Dev Machine


I got this with the 21.5" LED Monitor combo and logitech keyboard/mouse wireless combo. LED is awesome. HDMI to HDMI. I use Bluetooth 4.0 wireless headphones (MEElectronics) and am acquiring a bluetooth speaker bar for use without headphones (for...

It's fast, focused and is perfect as an internet-only device or for web application developer. I'm a node.js developer and use on this device for all my development. It works flawlessly. Especially with the 16gb RAM upgrade I gave it

I wish the location of the sd card port and usb ports was revamped. This device would be best with power port located in a different place given the sd port location

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Best bang for the buck Chromebox!


I couldn't be more happier with this little Chromebox except for the lack of Dashlane support (come on Dashlane, make a ChromeOS version)! It's lightning fast and gets the job done. School yourself first to make sure this is right for you. If you spend...

Small size, easily mounts to back of monitor, silent operation, Haswell Celeron dual core processor, Ethernet/WiFi/Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports, boots up in 5 seconds - shuts down in 1 second, ease of upgrading memory & SSD. An extra 100 GB of Google...

Power button has a mushy feel. Mouse sensitivity settings could be improved. Impossible to find the Asus Chromebox wireless keyboard & mouse unless you spend > $200 more on the i3 model. I use Dashlane password manager, but it does not support...

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USB ports went out


If the USB ports didn't go out, I would of gave this a 5 start.

Awesome little desktop computer. Great for surfing the web and online music streaming. Fast start up and quick shut down

USB ports went out after a month