Asus unveils $179 Chromebox, coming in March

ASUS Chromebox

Asus on Monday announced a new Chromebox. The Google Chrome-based machine starts at $179 and is powered by an Intel Haswell-based Celeron processor. Geared towards stationary use – like business, home and school – the Chromebox measures just 4.88 by 1.65 inches, which makes it comparable to the size of a Roku streaming box.

“The Asus Chromebox offers the simplicity, security, and speed of Chrome OS in the most compact and powerful Chrome device to date,” Felix Lin, director of product management at Google, said in a statement.

Chromebox ports

The Chromebox is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Celeron 2955U or Core i3 processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It includes either 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 memory, as well as 16GB SSD local and 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years. There’s also an SD card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, one DisplayPort, HDMI, audio and mic jacks and a Kensington lock slot. Of course, there’s also an Ethernet port and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Aside from the small form factor, the Chromebox starts at $179, which are its two greatest strengths. Google’s Chrome OS might not be for everyone, but at this price point, it’s certainly one of the more accessible desktops out there once you add your own monitor and keyboard.

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