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Asus Chromebox

alaTest has collected and analyzed 249 reviews of Asus Chromebox. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and price also get good opinions.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Asus Chromebox is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Asus Chromebox

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 user reviews of Asus Chromebox 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. Opinions about the size and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ASUS CHROMEBOX-M115U DesktopASUS CHROMEBOX-M115U Desktop

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Asus Chromebox a good starting point for Chrome OS

 

If you don't mind bringing your own keyboard, mouse, and display, this little black box is an inexpensive way to leave traditional OS computers behind.

The ; 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 : 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.

What Chrome OS makes you sacrifice in flexibility, you gain in security. The relative immunity to viruses and malware makes the Chromebox an easy platform to recommend to novice users that are up for a somewhat unique learning curve.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Brian Westover (tomsguide.com)

Asus Chromebox Review: Chrome OS Goes Desktop

 

The Asus Chromebox is more than just a niche product; it's the oddball overlap in a Venn diagram, putting Google's laptop-friendly Chrome OS into a tiny mini PC. This machine is compact and inexpensive, but the limitations of Chrome on the desktop and...

Inexpensive ; Good port selection ; Strong online performance ; Supports 4K resolution and multiple monitors

Chrome OS means no Windows programs ; Relies heavily on online connectivity

The Asus Chromebox is an early experiment in putting Chrome OS into a tiny desktop, and it feels like it. You can get online and enjoy a range of web apps and extensions, but the little desktops limitations are hard to ignore.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Kevin Purcell (gottabemobile.com)

ASUS Chromebox

 

The new ASUS Chromebox just made its way to online stores, giving ChromeOS lovers a new option for their desktop, living room or board room. You can hook the ASUS Chromebox up to a TV set, or a projector, and enjoy online video or play casual games...

Most users spend their time inside their computer’s web browser. If that’s you, then consider the ASUS Chromebox as a great, small form factor desktop or home entertainment computer. The size even makes it useful for road warriors who carry a projector...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Asus Chromebox Review and Ratings

 

For those with limited computing needs—particularly those upgrading from an old desktop—Asus' Chromebox is a great alternative to a pricier Windows 8 or OS X machine, though getting used to doing everything in a browser window will take some time.

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

Every time we revisit Google's Chrome OS, the ecosystem feels slightly more feature-rich and appealing. And with Asus' Chromebox, we finally feel the OS is ready to take center stage as the primary operating system for users who have limited computing...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Brad Linder (liliputing.com)

Asus Chromebox review (Chrome desktop with Celeron CPU)

 

Sure, the $179 model doesn’t include a

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Asus Chromebox a good starting point for Chrome OS

 

If you don't mind bringing your own keyboard, mouse, and display, this little black box is an inexpensive way to leave traditional OS computers behind.

The ; 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 : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Asus Chromebox a good starting point for Chrome OS

 

If you don't mind bringing your own keyboard, mouse, and display, this little black box is an inexpensive way to leave traditional OS computers behind.

The ; 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 : Dominic Moass (kitguru.net)

ASUS Chromebox 3 Mini PC Unboxing and Overview

 

I am sure many of our readers are familiar with ASUS motherboards and graphics cards. You might be l In the market for a cheap £250 mini-PC? We have a look at the ASUS Chromebox 3

Small and sleek.

Not all apps are optimised for desktop use.

It’s hard to get truly excited by a Chromebox, but the ASUS Chromebox 3 is a very good little machine if you just want to run some basic web-based tasks.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Asus Chromebox review

 

The Asus Chromebox is a tiny little machine that runs Google's Chrome OS and it's smaller than a stack of old-school CD cases. Asus has jam-packed it full of decent tech, including super-speed USB 3.0 and an SD card reader, but is it enough to replace...

Meet the Asus Chromebox, a tiny PC that sports an Intel processor and also runs Chrome OS. That means you'll be doing plenty of your work online with Google's operating system, but it's decent enough to browse the web, check your emails and word...

Chrome OS, while still progressing at an impressive rate, isn't a viable alternative if you really need software that's only available on OS X or Windows. If Google Docs isn't enough to get by for your writing needs, you won't be able to install Word...

The Asus Chromebox is a decent little machine perfect for the kids or older members of the family, as its easy to use, quick and punchy and doesn't cost the earth either. While there are pricier options available that pack in faster silicon, you won't...

Mar, 2015

Product Specifications

Certificates

Certification:BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/C-Tick/WiFi/RF/VCCI / BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/RCM/VCCI / BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/RCM/WiFi/RF/VCCI
Energy Star certified:Y / Yes

Design

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis type:0.6L sized PC / Mini PC / USFF
Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Blue
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Product color:Black
Volume:0.6
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416 / 0x5906 / 0x5916 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 610 / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ad, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included: Yes
Display included:N / No
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / Yes
Power cord included:Y
VESA mount included:Y

Performance

Audio system:HD
Product type:Mini PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:2 / 4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4 / 5
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:4

Power

Power supply:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / Opi
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1600,1866,2133
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 2x4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:2955U / i3-4010U / i3-4100U / i7-4600U
Processor boost frequency:3.3 / 3.4 / 4
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Kaby Lake
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Celeron / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2.1 / 2.40
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:2955U / 3865U / i3-4010U / i3-4100U / i3-7100U / i5-8250U / i7-4600U / i7-8550U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Celeron Processor 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile Series / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1168
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / D0 / H0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:75107 / 75110 / 75608 / 76616 / 95442 / 96507
Processor code:SR16P / SR16Q / SR16Y / SR1EA / SR2ZW
Processor package size:40 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART:Y

Software

Operating system installed:Chrome OS

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MiniSD, PSVita / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:16
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:16 / 32 / 64

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.88 / 5.85
Height:1.57 / 1.65
Weight:2.2 / 21.2
Width:4.88 / 5.85