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Asus Chromebox 2 Core Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 2GB 16GB SSD

alphr.com Recommended kitguru.net Worth Buying PC Mag Editor's Choice avforums.com Highly Recommended Expert Reviews Recommended
2 Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 2GB Jan 2015
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21 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This few processor core PC has received eight awards from experts in personal computers.

The writers at Hothardware.com, Expert Reviews, Gagadget.com and Alphr.com all endorse this Asus personal computer and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This personal computer received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Computershopper.com, both of which wrote that this few processor core PC was terrific.

The editor of one other expert review site concluded that this Asus computer was great. Avforums.com gave this desktop computer a "Highly Recommended" award.

The expert at one more expert review site concluded that this personal computer was good. This desktop computer received a "Worth Buying" award from Kitguru.net.

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Average Expert Reviews

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, PC Mag and computershopper.com the average expert rating of this desktop computer is 79 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

This personal computer has an excellent average user rating based on 75 user reviews.

Good Size

A number of Asus Chromebox owners who reviewed the Asus Chromebox considered that it was compact. Cnet.com wrote two years ago “The Asus Chromebox puts the Cloud-based world of Google's Chrome OS into a compact, attractive black box”.

One Asus Chromebox owner who reviewed the product thought it was lightweight. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg said in their Asus Chromebox review “These stripped-down laptops run Google's lightweight Chrome OS”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some people said in their reviews that the product was quiet. Last year Expert Reviews gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their review “Very small and almost silent”.

Good Connectivity

One Asus Chromebox reviewer said in their reviews that it was able to connect to the internet. Two years ago Pcmag.com mentioned on PC Mag “Chrome OS gives you a quick way onto the Internet, plus Web apps from Google” in their Asus Chromebox review.

One person who reviewed this PC thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Avforums.com mentioned “Excellent connectivity” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

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Robust

One Asus Chromebox reviewer who purchased it concluded that it was well made. Itproportal.com wrote in their Asus Chromebox review “The first Chromebox from Asus is a solid, compact, quiet” .

Easy to Use

One Asus Chromebox reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. One person thought it was easy to use. Expert website Liliputing.com mentioned “They're cheaper, easy to use” in their review.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on comparable spec computers that are a similar age to it.

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Good Brand

We checked 211 owner and expert reviews for Asus desktop computers and found that on average Asus has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Asus has good reviews specifically within its few processor core computers range.

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Nice Design

One customer considered that it was good looking. Two years ago Liliputing.com wrote in their Asus Chromebox review “Google has made a pretty compelling case for Chrome OS as a laptop operating system”.

Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Chromebox is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer. Most of the other PCs that have been around for more than a year have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Asus Chromebox has an SSD storage medium which is faster than most few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to it. Most few processor core computers that came out around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed amongst all few processor core computers that have been around for more than a year.

Amongst similar types of PC the worst storage speed is HDD.

We compared this PC to all the other SSD desktop computers and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus GR8[plb_3186870_price] is also worth considering.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This desktop computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many computers of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

The Chromebox is a four USB 3.0 port desktop computer.

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Supports Two Compatible Memory Cards

The Chromebox has a greater number of compatible memory card than most PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. This Asus desktop computer supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory card supported by personal computers that came out more than a year ago. The compatible memory card "MMC" is also supported by this Asus personal computer.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Chromebox has a greater number of memory slots than most personal computers of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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Narrow

Comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox have widths of between 29mm and 660mm, and the average width is 180mm. At only 124 millimeters, the Chromebox is quite narrow compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Chromebox.

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Very Short

The Chromebox is one of the shorter few processor core computers that have been available for more than a year (only 41.9 millimeters) amongst computers of this age. PCs that are a comparable age to the Chromebox have heights of between 27mm and 500mm, and the average height is 190mm.

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Very Shallow

Personal computers of this age and type have depths of between 33mm and 1,100mm. The Chromebox is one of the shallower few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox (only 124 millimeters) amongst few processor core computers of this age.

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Light

The Asus Chromebox is one of the lighter personal computers that have been available for more than a year (only 600 grams) amongst similar spec computers of this age. The average weight of few processor core computers that were released one year ago is 4.3kg, and the weights range from 140g to 14kg.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Across all the desktop computers of a similar age and spec to the Chromebox the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 100MHz to 690MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 300MHz. At only 200 megahertz, the Chromebox has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Chromebox.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Computers that were released more than a year ago have total storage capacity of between 8GB and 3TB. When compared to other few processor core computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Chromebox, the total storage capacity of the Chromebox of only 16 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

If you want a personal computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Asus GR8[plb_3186870_price] (128GB and higher rated).

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Quite Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 2 gigabytes, the Chromebox has one of the smaller internal memory amongst few processor core computers of this age. The average internal memory of PCs of a similar age and spec to the Chromebox is 4.7GB.

If you would prefer a PC with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Asus VM62N[plb_3097779_price] (4GB), or the Acer Revo One RL85[plb_3132464_price] (4GB).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of desktop computers of a comparable type and age to the Chromebox is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.8GHz. The Asus Chromebox has one of the slowest processor clock speeds (only 1.4 gigahertz) amongst computers of this age.

If you are looking for a personal computer with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the Asus GR8[plb_3186870_price] (2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Chromebox has a very small maximum internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other desktop computers of this spec and age. The maximum internal memory of few processor core computers that have been available for around the same time as the Chromebox range from 4GB to 64GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 17GB.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The solid-state drive capacities of personal computers of this age and spec range from 16GB to 520GB. The Chromebox has a fairly small solid-state drive capacity (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The Asus Chromebox is a two processor thread computer.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The Asus Chromebox has one of the smaller processor caches (only 2 megabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age. The average processor cache of PCs of this spec and age is 2.8MB.

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1 Other reason to consider the Asus Chromebox

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Asus released the Chromebox.

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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
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Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
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Intel TSX-NI
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Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
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Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

8 Awards

computershopper.com Editor's Choice alphr.com Recommended kitguru.net Worth Buying PC Mag Editor's Choice hothardware.com Recommended avforums.com Highly Recommended gagadget.com Recommended Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

(33)
17 November 2016

The ASUS Chromebox 2-G084U is a nifty little device. Essentially a mini-PC, similar to the Gigabyte BRIX or Intel NUC families, it runs ChromeOS rather than Windows.It is well-designed, too, with...

Kitguru.net

11 September 2015

Avforums.com

Essentially the Chromebox is another small form factor PC running Google's Chrome OS (Operating System). The idea behind Chrome OS is that it's very light, free of viruses and fast to boot, with... Read more…

Unbelievably slick running of KODIOpenELEC
Excellent connectivity
SSD is a huge plus
It will play almost anything
Perhaps a bit pricey for a dedicated media box
Alternative OS installation method might put off some
3 July 2015

A charming little Chrome OS-based PC with surprisingly sprightly performance...

Expert Reviews

Very small and almost silent
Decent performance
Chrome OS makes a good desktop OS
Very cheap
Chrome OS native and web, based apps only
Print setup a hassle
2 April 2015

The underlying hardware is very similar to Chromebooks ? the M093U features a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Celeron 2955U CPU with a TDP of 15W. It's also got very basic Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of RAM and... Read more…

This Chromebox is supplied exactly as described. Wireless keyboard and mouse with 1 USB nano receiver, batteries, VESA mounting bracket and screws all included. What a great deal! Keyboard really... Read more…

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User Reviews

(74)
Reviewed 31 December 2014 by James
James would recommend the Asus Chromebox M075U

The system runs very snappy. You don't notice it stuttering even running chrome with 30+ tabs open. The keyboard and mouse worked right out of the box. It starts up quick, one of many bonus' to... Read more…

Reviewed 16 July 2014 by ModoGiz
ModoGiz would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U

This little Chromebox can do 90% of what a PC can do and at 1/3 the price...

Reviewed 29 July 2014 by Sportbud
Sportbud would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U (Verified Purchase)

I needed a replacement computer for my shop and was reluctant to replace a worn out system with a costly PC to be put in a garage.This fit the bill. Ordered it in-store and it arrived quickly.... Read more…

Reviewed 13 June 2014 by TommyG
TommyG would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U

I was given a CR-48 by Google years ago. It was finally going. I should have bought this months ago. So simple, very small and a great value...

Reviewed 5 September 2014 by Noremachtims
Noremachtims would recommend the Asus Chromebox M004U (Verified Purchase)

I love this setup for my bedroom television. It works like a champ on netflix as well as other sites in hi-def. I bought it with a wireless keyboard and mouse, and I was on the web in no time. It... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers asus m060, asus m060u, chromeboxm118, chromeboxm115, chromeboxm067, chromeboxm106, chromeboxm060, chromeboxm013u, chromeboxm106u, chromeboxm060u, chromeboxm118u, chromeboxm115u, chromeboxm067u, asus chromeboxm115, asus chromeboxm067, asus chromeboxm060, asus chromeboxm106, asus chromeboxm067u, asus chromeboxm060u, asus chromeboxm106u, asus chromeboxm115u, generic chromeboxm106, generic chromeboxm106u
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