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ASUS Chromebox M004U

ASUS Chromebox M004U
alaScore 89

1204 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1204 reviews of ASUS Chromebox M004U. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The size and price are also mentioned favorably.

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for ASUS Chromebox M004U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1103 user reviews of ASUS Chromebox M004U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and size. The reliability and price also get good comments.

usability, price, reliability, size, design

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U DesktopASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Asus Chromebox

 

The key benefits for Chromeboxes and their mobile counterparts, Chromebooks , are that they boot in seconds; they have built-in virus protection that's automatically updated, as is the whole OS; they're secure and can easily be managed; and there is an...

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.

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

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: Sam N. (newegg.com)

Ok for what it does, but artificial limits.

 

Fast enough. Does web browsing well. Price. keyboard, mouse, monitor, all work fine.

The biggest problem is that it forces you to have a Google/Gmail account. I got this for my grandmother who uses it exclusively for her Yahoo e-mail. Something happened to the automatic log in and it started asking her for her password again (after I...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (newegg.com)

nice Kodi

 

nice streaming box. will use this to make an Ubuntu Kodi box.

none

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Kevin L. (newegg.com)

Great product, easy to set up and easy to move

 

I recommend that Chromebox, be sure is watch you need and enjoy!

Great controls, fast to drive, best to personal use or simply to stream on your tv. Use a wireless keyboard and All is done!!!

Interface like a tablet so you have to upload apps not downloading files. Limited uses

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Robert W. (newegg.com)

Great for the price

 

For a living room computer that you can surf the internet on, this is pretty good for the money but I wish it was a little more powerful and would pay $50 more. I would also pay $100+ more for dual monitors. If you are running 10 tabs with Youtube...

- Great value

- Would pay more for faster model

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: Evan W. (newegg.com)

Exceptional Product

 

Buying anything else for a classroom setting is a waste of money unless you absolutely must have a certain application that runs only on PC or MAC. I teach science and have found Chrome compatible solutions for everything I need my students to do. Many...

ASUS makes an excellent version of the Chromebox. I have 20 of these and a bunch of chromebooks in a classroom setting with middle school science students. There are far fewer problems than with PCs running any other operating system. My hours spent...

You must know what Chrome OS is and not expect it to be something it isn't. Frankly, I have a hard time calling this a con. Once you get your head around using Chrome it's fantastic for students and for nearly anything most teachers would ever do....

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business

Graphics

Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 2000 series for Mobile
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel® OS Guard: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
OS Guard: No
Processor ARK ID:75608
Processor package size:40
UART: Yes

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1