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ASUS Chromebox M031U Desktop (Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Chrome OS)

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  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM
  • 16GB NGFF SSD, No-DVD, Intel HD, Wifi, Bluetooth
  • Chrome OS

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Technical Details
BrandASUS
Item Weight599 g
Product Dimensions12.4 x 12.4 x 4.2 cm
Item model numberCHROMEBOX-M031U
SeriesCHROMEBOX-M031U
ColorBlack, Blue
Form FactorUSFF
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCeleron 2955U
Processor Speed1.4 GHz
Processor SocketBGA1168
Processor Count2
RAM Size4 GB
Memory TechnologyDDR3-SDRAM
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Maximum Memory Supported4 GB
Hard Drive Size16 GB
Hard Disk Technologyssd
Audio Details1
Graphics Card DescriptionIntel HD
Graphics RAM TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Connectivity TypeYes
Wireless Type802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
Number of HDMI Ports1
Number of Ethernet Ports1
Wattage65 watts
Operating SystemChrome OS
  
Additional Information
ASINB00M0M827Y
Best Sellers Rank 43,085 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 Kg
Date First Available14 July 2014
  
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By Captain Awesome TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2014
This is my review of the same model, but with 2 gigs less RAM and no keyboard and mouse. Otherwise, the experience is identical, so I thought it may be of help here, too.

This will be a detailed review; I'll include a summary of the software at the start and why you might want this at the bottom.
I've previously owned Google's test/beta Chromebook (the Cr-48) and then got the first generation Samsung Chromebook. My current Chromebook is the Acer C270 and I'm very pleased with it. Hopefully my experience with Chrome devices will make this review useful.

Chrome OS

For those unclear, Chrome OS (which Chromebooks and this Chromebox runs) isn't like Windows. It's designed for web use, so you can't install regular software.
You can use Chrome browser extensions and apps, but not native Windows software. Android app support is coming soon, though this a developing feature and in a preview/beta state right now.
When you're buying a Chrome OS machine, you're buying a super fast, easy-to-use machine that accesses the web. It's for your email, Facebook, YouTube and things like that. You won't generally find sophisticated, PC-like games and you won't be using this machine to run Photoshop or Final Cut Pro. Basically, it's a fast, cheap web browsing machine.

Support & updates

Chrome OS is updated every 6 weeks, with bug fixes and new features. All updates happen in the background and updates are applied when you reboot, so you never need to worry about them.
All Chrome devices get a minimum of 5 years support from Google (from the time the device was introduced), with security and feature updates arriving regularly. Unlike Windows, there is never a charge for software updates.
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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 excellent, mouse adequate, if a little on the small side. Not a complaint, but I think the AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is better, but each to their own. Bear in mind that no drivers can be downloaded to Chrome OS devices so plug and play is the only option.

The other reviews, to date, of this product, are spot on, especially Captain Awesome's for its depth.

I also have a Chromebook history: a Samsung Series 5 550 Wi-Fi Chromebook which has similar technical specifications to the Asus. My reason for buying the Asus Chromebox is to take the pressure off the Chromebook's battery as I use it primarily for streaming from BBC iPlayer and Netflix which is intensive and shortens the life of a laptop's battery.

Plugged in my VGA monitor using Accell B101B-003B UltraAV Display Port with VGA Active Adapter and external speakers to 3.5mm headphone socket and was up and running in minutes. This may be obvious, but this Asus Chromebox does not come with a webcam or mic, so if your tastes run towards social media and video chatting, you may need to buy add-ons. The good thing about this is that the Asus has 4 USB 3.
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What a little cracker the Chromebox is. It is perfect for the many people who simply want a computer to browse the web, do email, listen to music, watch online video, or to create documents or spreadsheets.
You never have to worry about updates. It does it all itself.
You never need to worry about expensive anti virus software. It does not need it.
You never need to worry about a disc failure trashing all your documents and photos. They are all stored securely in Googles cloud.

Hardware wise the Chromebox uses similar components to a low end laptop, but because the ChromeOS does not have the bloat of Windows 8, this modest hardware positively flies. Windows pop up instantly and video plays flawlessly.

ChromeOS is really easy to use. A simple application launcher comes pre loaded with everything you need. Almost all the ChromeOS apps are simply links to web pages such as Google Docs. Because all the hard work is done by Google's servers the Chromebox does not need much processing power.

I am using mine with my existing VGA monitor. The Chromebox has two video outputs, an HDMI port, and a Displayport socket. I therefore bought this HDMI TO VGA with Audio Adapter which is really cheap and neat

The supplied keyboard and mouse is fine. No setup is required. Just plug the receiver into a usb port and switch on. Or you can use any USB keyboard or mouse you may own. Although the Chromebox supports Bluetooth, it is not enabled by default, so if you had a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse I think you would need a different keyboard to get started.
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