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ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop

 
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop

ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop
From Asus

Price: $158.19 Details

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Average customer review:
( stars, based on 1146 reviews)

Product Description

Easy out-of-the-box setup, integrated virus and malware protection and feature-enhancing updates, ASUS Chromebox starts up in seconds to get you to your favorite 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. ASUS Chromebox is the always-new computer that just makes sense. 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 100GB of free Google Drive space, you're always connected to your data in the cloud simply by logging into your Gmail account anytime, anywhere.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #233 in Personal Computers
  • Size: 2 GB RAM
  • Color: Midnight blue
  • Brand: Asus
  • Model: CHROMEBOX-M004U
  • Released on: 2014-03-14
  • Fabric type: na
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.65" h x 4.88" w x 4.88" l,
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard Disk: 16GB
  • Graphics: integrated
  • Processors: 2
  • Display size: 0

Features

  • ASUS Chromebox is the world's smallest Chrome device, measuring just 4.9" L x 4.9"W x 1.65"H.
  • 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U Processor
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GB SSD HDD
  • Intel HD graphics
  • Google Chrome OS
  • 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U Processor
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GB SSD HDD
  • Intel HD graphics
  • Google Chrome OS

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

865 of 902 people found the following review helpful.
5Just what we needed
By Blaine A. Edwards
Our desktop died a few months ago and we were looking for a replacement. Because my wife and I both have tablets and a laptop, we have found that we have not used the desktop as much. As a result, we were wondering whether we should even get a replacement. We decided it would be nice to have but we didn't want to spend $500+ on a new computer. I had heard of the Chromebox previously but didn't pay too much attention to it. I decided it would be worth looking into and after seeing all the good comments, I felt it was worth taking a chance on getting one.

Is it anything spectacular? Yes! Does it do anything more than Chrome on Windows? No. But here is why (when your desktop finally dies/or you are just sick of how slow it is) you should buy a Chromebox:

1) Fast enough to do everything you want to on the internet. If you are like most people, you will realize that 90+% of the time you are on a computer, you are using a web browser. Everything else on your computer therefore is added weight to slow down your internet experience. This may include Virus/Malware Scanning Software, Viruses and Malware, other background processes, etc. ChromeOS takes all this out and gives you the the web browser and a great way of connecting to it. Will it handle the latest high intensity graphics game around? No, it won't come close but if you are looking for something to do that, you probably aren't even looking at Chromeboxes and therefore are not even reading this post.

2) Still can do Microsoft Office Online. This was actually a surprise to me but it actually works fairly well. For those of you who are not familiar with Office Online, it is a web version of Office that doesn't have all the bells and whistles of regular office. If you are like most people, you really don't use the bells and whistles. I do quite a bit of work in Office with my employment (law) and find that everything that I need can be done on Office Online. If you really don't need a lot of features, check of Google Docs, it rocks as well.

3) 100GB of online storage. From your new Chromebox (or Chromebook) go to drive.google.com/redeem and type in some information an viola, 100GB of online storage.

4) It is simple to use. There is no learning curve with the Chromebox. It is the Chrome web browser and if you have used any browser in the last 5 years, you will be up to speed. There are a few features that you don't get on regular Chrome like Bluetooth and WIFI but even make that easy to operate.

5) It uses Google Print. So this could be a frustration for a lot of people. The Chromebox, even though it has USB ports, does not allow you to connect printers because it doesn't install drivers. So what can you do? First, get a printer that is Google Print capable. Okay, I am with you, I really don't need another printer laying around my house. Second, try the xPrint Server from Lantronix. Granted it is a little expensive (~$150.00) which makes one wonder why not just buy a new printer. Third, use an old computer that runs Chrome as a gateway. While not a great choice, it is better than some of the first options. Fourth, get geeky with a Raspberry Pi. For those that are not aware of what a Raspberry Pi is, it is a $35 computer capable of running Linux. Needless to say, Chrome can run on Linux and it can also install printer drivers. Here is a tutorial on turning a Raspberry Pi into your Google Cloud Print servant.

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Again, this is a hurdle for a lot of people but I will say, after you get Google Cloud Print working, it is awesome. No more worrying about what computer your document is on and what computer is connected to which printer. It is simply, clicking this printer and this document.

6) It can be customized. If you find out that Chrome OS is not your thing that is okay. There are plenty of tutorials on how to install Ubuntu on the Chromebox either as a dual-boot or replacement. If you are interested in this, I would recommend getting an extra 2GB stick of ram (Laptop DDR3). It may also be smart to upgrade the size of the SSD as well. If that looks greek to you, then just stick with Chrome OS.

Hopefully you have found my review helpful of the Chromebox. Just to recap, this is a great desktop replacement if all you need is something to surf the internet with and do homework. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast it loads up and how easy it is to use.

308 of 325 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent for what it is.
By a-a-ron
First off, don't buy this expecting it to replace a Windows or Mac desktop. Do some research on what Chrome OS can and cannot do. This won't be a review of ChromeOS, but the device itself.

About the device:

It's pretty dang small. Probably about the size of an Intel NUC. The form factor is what drove me to purchase this device, as I was looking for something small to use for basic web browsing, Netflix, and occasional light office work (using Office 365 - OneDrive). The device does not feel cheap at all; I was surprised at the overall build quality for something under $200.

What's Included:
Inside the box is the usually quick start guide, user manual, and warranty info. The chromebox uses the same AC adapter that Asus's laptops use (I think). There is also a nifty VESA mount that you can mount the device to, and then attach it to the back of a monitor. I have not had a chance to try this out yet.

Connectivity/Ports: I like the fact that all of the available USB ports (4 total) are 3.0. I currently only have a Logitech MK320 mouse/keyboard combo connect to one, which works perfectly. I like that an ethernet port was also included, as well as built in wifi. For video, I'm currently using the HDMI port, but the device also has a full-size displayport as well. Among the ports already listed, there is also an SD-card reader, similar to what you can find on laptops.

Loudness: I wanted to point this out, as this thing is VERY quiet. In face my monitor is louder than the chromebox! I haven't really pushed it to it's full potential yet, so I cannot comment on how loud the fan can get. I have not noticed any issues with heat yet.

I feel like that is all I can speak about the device for now, and will update this review should anything change.
This chromebox is perfect for someone looking to have a small, energy-efficient computing experience.

71 of 74 people found the following review helpful.
5Fantastic
By Amazon Customer
For this price it is awesome.

This chromebox is fast starting up and everything else it does.
I am using the gigabyte broadband Ethernet connection.

I got it hooked up to a HP 27inch IPS display.
I keep it on 24 hours a day and only turn off the monitor at night. When it's on I use the “keep awake” Chrome extension
So the box won't go into sleep mode .

I stream YouTube videos at 1080p no problem , No lag.
And also my Amazon movies and my Google movies in fullscreen
And Amazon Prime music.

Using amplified speaker system with subwoofer
Hooked up to a MXL AC404 USB Conference Microphone.
Also a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse.

Using Aquamail For all my email accounts.
Using Chrome extensions , Keep Awake, Magic Actions for YouTube, and Readability.

I bought this mainly for summer time use so i don't have to fire up my big Desktop rigs .
Because this box doesn't put out Any heat or use a lot of electricity.
But, I like it so much that I'm using it everyday is my go-to machine. Worth every penny .

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