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Asus Chromebox 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 16GB SSD

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18 Reasons For

Eleven Industry Awards

This desktop computer is one of the most awarded of all the PCs of this age and type.

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

This Asus PC was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both PC Mag and Computershopper.com, both of which said that this desktop computer was fantastic.

An additional two expert review sites both endorsed this PC. This few processor cores PC received a "Highly Recommended" award from Avforums.com, confirming their endorsement and the reviewer at Ua.gecid.com wrote that it was pioneering and gave it an "Innovation Award".

This computer received a "Worth Buying" award from Kitguru.net, Pcforalla.idg.se gave it a "Best in Test" award and Benchmark.pl gave it a "Good Product" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, PC Mag and computershopper.com this personal computer has an overall expert rating of 77 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Chromebox owners on average rated this desktop computer as outstanding.

Reasonably Priced

Several Asus Chromebox reviewers who purchased the Asus Chromebox concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Pcmag.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Asus Chromebox review “The Asus Chromebox M004U ($179) is a great alternative to buying yet another cheap Windows desktop”. Pcmag.com also said “The Asus Chromebox M004U is a great alternative to buying yet another cheap Windows desktop and it's a steal for the price”. Expert Reviews mentioned in their review of this PC “Very cheap” .

A number of Asus Chromebox owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was cheap. Digitalone.com.sg said in their review of this PC “Small and inexpensive” . Three years ago expert website Liliputing.com wrote “Over the past few years, almost every major PC maker has released a low-cost laptop or two running Google's Chrome operating system.” in their review of this PC. Itproportal.com mentioned also three years ago “Most of all inexpensive desktop PC” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Three Asus Chromebox owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good value for money. Three years ago Cnet.com said “For its low starting price, you get a decent performance for everyday tasks” in their Asus Chromebox review. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review “The one on test here is the more reasonably priced £208 version, powered by a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Gadgets.ndtv.com scored it 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Asus Chromebox “Chrome OS devices should be lightweight, affordable, easy to use”.

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Good Size

Some Asus Chromebox owners who reviewed this PC reckoned that it was compact. Cnet.com rated the product 70 out of 100 and wrote on CNET.com “The Asus Chromebox puts the Cloud-based world of Google's Chrome OS into a compact, attractive black box”. Expert review site Pcquest.com said two years ago “Compact, VESA Mount, performanceCons” in their review of the Asus Chromebox. Expert review site Thetechy.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their Asus Chromebox review “What is good about this piece is that it is small and looks compact”.

A few people who purchased it concluded that it was lightweight. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg wrote “These stripped-down laptops run Google's lightweight Chrome OS”.

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Good Connectivity

Two Asus Chromebox owners considered that it was good in terms of USB connections. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated it 4 stars and wrote “Asus has jam-packed it full of decent tech, including super-speed USB 3.0 and an SD card reader.” in their Asus Chromebox review. Three years ago expert website Thetechy.com mentioned “It has 4 USB ports, HDMI port”.

One person who purchased the Asus Chromebox concluded that it was able to connect to the internet. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “Chrome OS gives you a quick way onto the Internet, plus Web apps from Google” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Asus Chromebox owner who purchased this PC considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Two years ago Avforums.com wrote “Excellent connectivity”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some people concluded that the Asus Chromebox was quiet. Expert Reviews mentioned “Very small and almost silent” in their Asus Chromebox review and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Easy to Use

Several people mentioned in their reviews that this PC was easy to use. Expert review site Liliputing.com mentioned “They're cheaper, easy to use”. One person wrote in their reviews that this PC was easy to use the menus.

Good Brand

On average Asus few processor cores computers have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all computers manufactured by Asus.

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Robust

One person considered that it was well made. Itproportal.com said “The first Chromebox from Asus is a solid, compact, quiet” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many personal computers of this spec and age.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys of similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox range from 1GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 3.1GB. At 2 gigabytes, the Chromebox has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that were released one year ago.

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Nice Design

One Asus Chromebox reviewer said in their reviews that the Asus Chromebox was good looking. Expert website Liliputing.com mentioned in their 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 Quantitys

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

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SSD Storage Media

The Chromebox has a faster storage speed than most similar spec computers that have been available for more than a year. This computer has an SSD storage media, whereas most few processor cores computers that have been around for a similar time to it have an HDD storage media. 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 media is actually the best storage speed across all personal computers of this age and spec.

An HDD storage media is the worst storage speed amongst comparable types of personal computer.

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

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many few processor cores computers that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Has One Memory Slots

The number of memory slots found on the Asus Chromebox is more than most few processor cores computers that came out more than a year ago. The most commonly found memory slots is 2x DIMM, but this memory slots is not found on this PC. The memory slotss 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Light

The weights of personal computers that were released more than a year ago range from 140g to 16kg, and the average weight is 4.6kg. When compared to other personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Chromebox, the weight of the Chromebox of only 600 grams is one of the lightest.

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4 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox have on-board graphics adapter base frequencys of between 100MHz and 740MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 310MHz. The Chromebox has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencys (only 200 megahertz) amongst comparable spec personal computers of this age.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 16 gigabytes, the Chromebox's total storage capacity is one of the smallest amongst few processor cores computers that were released more than a year ago. The total storage capacitys of similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox range from 8GB to 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 560GB.

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Very Slow Processor Frequency

The processor frequencys of comparable spec PCs that came out more than a year ago range from 0.8GHz to 3.9GHz, and the average processor frequency is 2.9GHz. At only 1.7 gigahertz, the Chromebox has a quite slow processor frequency compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar age and type to the Chromebox.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox the maximum internal memorys range from 4GB to 64GB. When compared to other computers of a comparable age and type to the Chromebox that we have checked the maximum internal memory of, the Chromebox's maximum internal memory of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Asus Chromebox

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Chromebox has a relatively typical internal memory compared to most of the other PCs of this age and type.

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Specification

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Processor Family
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PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Tjunction
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DisplayPorts Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
Combo Headphone/mic Port
Number of SATA III Connectors
Total Number of SATA Connectors
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Colour of Product
Intel Segment Tagging
Performance
Product Type
Processor Special Features
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)
Intel 64
Embedded Options Available
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 FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor Package Size
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
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Power
Power Supply
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Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Certificates
Certification
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Manual
Display Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
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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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers asus m107, asus g008, asus m061, asus m107u, asus g008u, asus m061u, asus i34010, asus i34010u, chromeboxm061, chromeboxm069, chromeboxm124, chromeboxm107, chromeboxm119, chromeboxm028, asus c1v4zs00, asus c1v4za00, chromeboxm107u, chromeboxm119u, chromeboxm028u, chromeboxm061u, chromeboxm069u, chromeboxm124u, asus dphdmilanusb3, asus chromeboxm061, asus chromeboxm069, asus chromeboxm119
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