Chromebox M004Uby Asus

  • Chromebox M004U
  • Chromebox M004U
  • Chromebox M004U
  • Chromebox M004U
  • Chromebox M004U
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Chromebox has a tiny footprint with gigabit wired and wireless connectivity and a fast startup.
  • The Chromebox comes with four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and DisplayPort, HD card reader, and Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Support for a cloud-centric operating system gives the Chromebox a consistent experience across all Chrome devices.

CONS

  • The Chromebox doesn't come with a keyboard or mouse, but bundles are available.
  • The unit ships standard with just 16GB of internal solid-state storage. However you can replace it with a larger flash drive or add external USB storage.
  • The base model comes with only 2GB of memory, which might limit performance when a large number of tabs are open. It can be upgraded to 8GB.
The Asus Chromebox is a powerful entry level into the world of Chrome and cloud computing. While smaller than 5 inches square and 2 inches high and mountable anywhere, the Chromebox sports Gigabit Ethernet and wireless connectivity, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and an SD card reader for lots of I/O choices. Connect to a monitor or TV with HDMI or DisplayPort outputs, or both for dual monitors. The Chromebox M004U comes with 2GB of memory, expandable to 8GB, and 16GB of internal solid-state storage. Chrome being a browser-centric cloud-based environment gives fast startup and good performance within memory limits.
NameChromebox M004UChromebox CB1-014Chromebox 3010Mac mini (2014)Pavilion Mini
ManufacturerAsusHPDellAppleHP
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90%

... if you are looking for a simple, fast booting, desktop for a cheap price this is a winner.

... if you are looking for a simple, fast booting, desktop for a cheap price this is a winner.

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80%

... with Asus' Chromebox, we finally feel the OS is ready to take center stage as the primary operating system for users who have limited co…

... with Asus' Chromebox, we finally feel the OS is ready to take center stage as the primary operating system for users who have limited computing needs.

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80%

True to its capabilities, the Chromebox M004U gets you on the Web and using both regular and mobile versions of sites for under $180.

True to its capabilities, the Chromebox M004U gets you on the Web and using both regular and mobile versions of sites for under $180.

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70%

The Asus Chromebox is one of those products that does what it says and says what it does: It's a box that runs Chrome OS,

The Asus Chromebox is one of those products that does what it says and says what it does: It's a box that runs Chrome OS,

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70%

Subjectively, the Asus Chromebox felt snappy, both while browsing the web and playing a few Flash games.

Subjectively, the Asus Chromebox felt snappy, both while browsing the web and playing a few Flash games.

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The simple, unassuming box is a good match for its simple, unassuming operating system.

The simple, unassuming box is a good match for its simple, unassuming operating system.

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