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ASUS Chromebox M031U Desktop (Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Chrome OS)
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ASUS Chromebox M060U Desktop (Intel Celeron 1.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD, Chrome
Discover The Incredible Chromebox
Easy out-of-the-box setup, integrated virus and malware protection and feature-enhancing updates, the ASUS Chromebox starts up in seconds to get you to your favourite websites and apps instantly.
It houses a processor powerful enough for ultrafast multitasking performance and the connectivity options to choose your own screen size, connecting to multiple displays at once and even attach to any VESA-mountable monitor or HD TV.
The ASUS Chromebox is a computer that just makes sense.
- Powered by the 4th Generation Intel Celeron 2955U Processor
- 4 GB DDR3-1600 MHz RAM
- Extensive connectivity with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, four UBS3.0 ports and Bluetooth 4.0
- Wireless Chrome OS keyboard and mouse included
- Free 100 GB Google drive for 2 years
A Simpler and Smarter Digital Life
The ASUS Chromebox can act as a data center for your desktop, phone or tablet meaning you always have access to the files you need including your favorite Google services. With 100 GB of free Google Drive* space, you’re always connected to your data in the cloud simply by logging into your Gmail account anytime, anywhere.
Small, Slim and Compact
The ASUS Chromebox measures just 124 x 124 x 42 mm. With its slim and compact design, it can fit anywhere in your home and look just right.
An Enjoyable Web Experience
Kick back and relax with the ASUS Chromebox while browsing the web, viewing photos from your SD card and watching videos.
Small in Size, Big on Features
The ASUS Chromebox features 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi for fast web browsing and other online activities. Four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader are included making everyday tasks such as transferring files, photos and other media easy. The HDMI and DisplayPort outputs mean you can connect dual monitors, giving you even more space to work or play.
Secure and Safe Account-Based Access
Featuring multiple user accounts means the ASUS Chromebox is suitable for family sharing. It's designed for sharing with easily switchable accounts that keeps everyone’s data private and secure.
Easy to Get Started
The ASUS Chromebox takes the hassle out of home computing to allow family members young and old to easily use the program they want to use - simply boot up and go.
Easy Photo Back Up and Organising
Easily backup your photos with the ASUS Chromebox. Simply plug in an SD card to the built-in SD card reader and thanks to Google+ your photos are automatically loaded and backed up.
Chrome Store Gives you Easy Access to Thousands of Apps
The intuitive Chrome OS interface gives you access to tens of thousands of Chrome apps available for download from the Chrome Web Store.
Enjoy The Convenience, Online or Offline
With a wide assortment of offline apps, the ASUS Chromebox lets you edit documents, play games and use other popular apps without an internet connection.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely wonderful little box. Arrived next day - quicker than stated. Received notifications at every stage of delivery process
Everything very well packed into the... Read more
My unit had a defect - it occasionally produces a loud buzzing noise (via the aux audio output to the speakers). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mileage runner
Great platform for running Openelec Kodi for Home Theatre set up. Tried various Android boxes and Raspberry Pi - all have struggled with live streaming - haven't had any problems... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Savvy
Just received my chrome box, but without all the exstra parts (mouse, keyboard and wall bracket) looking forward to hear why this can be since it should have been. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic bit of kit. Can not recommend it enough. Ditch the slow Microsoft and move over to the chrome ecosystem.Published 11 months ago by Martin
Excellent computer for this price, I can do all my Web surfing, email, videocalls... on a PC that starts, literally, in under 10 seconds. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Troy