Google's Chrome OS continues to show up one more devices and it's marking another notch on the desktops category with the new Asus Chromebox.
The most compact Chromebox yet, Asus revealed a new mini-PC measuring a scant 4.88 x 4.88 x 1.65 inches. The small, fan-less PC comes packed with an Intel 1.4GHz dual-core Celeron 2955U Haswell processor for the base end model.
As an Intel powered box, it comes with integrated graphics, plus 2GB of RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader for media as well as expandable storage.
For a little more power customers can bump up the specs to a 1.7GHz Core i3-4010U and 4GB of RAM. Asus' Chromebox will also come in a 2.1GHz Core i7-4600U powered variety but this model won't be available on American shores.
The three boxes come with four zippy USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, plus HDMI and DisplayPort out for dual-monitor setups. Asus also claims that the Intel i3 and i7 powered units will be able to support Ultra HD 4K TVs.
The cloud platform
But with a $179 (about £109/AUS $200) starting price, the Asus Chromebook is already looking much more affordable than Samsung's model - and even more than the similarly outfitted Intel NUC.
You'll be able to can snag your own Asus Chromebox soon in March.
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Via PC World