Taiwanese computer hardware-maker, ASUS has unveiled a new affordable Chromebox with Google’s Chrome OS as its operating system for $179 and it will be in the store shelves from March 2014 onwards.
As the PC market is losing ground to the increasing sales of smartphones and tablets, the small form factor computers could retain its share in the consumer world, focusing on its core area – Internet. That means, there will be no requirement of a hefty configurations and obviously, Microsoft Windows too.
With the look of a set-top box, the black ASUS Chromebox will arrive in three different models with different processors from Intel. The very basic Chromebox will come with Intel Celeron 2955U processor, next one will be boasting an Intel Core i3 4010U processor and the high end device to come with Intel Core i7 4600U processor. The high-end Chromebox from ASUS will be released in limited markets, may be North America isn’t in the radar.
The other specifications are much similar to that of Google Chromebooks, with 16GB SSD storage, 4GB of RAM, Wi-Fi (802.11n), Bluetoot 4.0 and Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU for the high-end Chromeboxes. There will be all necessary connectivity ports available in the ChromeBox, such as HDMI, card reader, DisplayPort, LAN, USB 3.0, 3.55mm audio port, mic port and a Kensington lock slot.
Additionally, Google will be providing 100GB of free Google Drive storage space for Chromebox owners for 2 years and the copany will also provide the VESA mounting kits to the buyers.
Felix Lin, director of product management for Google said in the statement:
“The ASUS Chromebox offers the simplicity, security and speed of Chrome OS in the most compact and powerful Chrome device to date. Perfect for home, the classroom or the office, Chromebox is designed for the way we use computers today.”
Meanwhile, ASUS and Google hasn’t unveiled the exact price details for all models of Chromebox, except revealing the starting price of $179 for entry level models. Stay tuned on TND, as we thrive to bring more price and availability details of all 3 models for our readers. Learn more about these devices from the source link below.