ASUS launches Chromebox- A $179 fan-less mini desktop
Chromebook aims to capture a large market through Google’s Chrome OS but it still has a lot of work to do to gain the trust among the users that Windows have been doing for decades. It started off pretty well by partnering with top companies such as Acer, ASUS and Samsung to integrate the Google OS into their laptops.
Although we see Google’s Chrome OS in the laptops, aka Chromebook, we now have a different product in the house by ASUS. Known as the Chromebox, this device will be powered by the Chrome operating system and the differentiating factor it has with the other chromebooks, as you can see from the picture, is it comes in a box. Sadly,i t doesn’t come with all the normal desktop accessories such as the monitor, mouse and keyboard. Similar to the Chromebooks, the Chromebox will offer the users to access wide variety of products from Google such as Netflix, Youtube, Hulu Plus etc.’
Starting at $179, the Chromebox is armed with a 4th Generation Intel Processor Core i3 or a Celeron 2955U, 2GB or 4GB Memory with integrated Intel HD Graphics, has 4 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card to transfer files from other devices to the Chromebox, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity. Thhe device also features two outputs : DisplayPort and HDMI for dual monitor support and would also be able to play in monitors which supports 4K.
The Chromebox starts instantly like its other cousins and is designed to work best in cloud-based apps and services. The best feature of the Chromebox is it having a fan-less design which means that when its up and running, it does its job quietly.
The potential user would get 100GB of Google Drive space that will be valid for 2 years and then would have to continue their subscription to keep their storage. The Chromebox will hit the retails on March.
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