Chromebooks are the most popular PCs on the Chrome OS platform. But they are not the only ones available with the Google system and mini-PCs are another segment that may be of interest for various use cases, consumer desks, offices, education or living rooms for home theater.
The new ASUS Chromebox 4 is a good sample. It mounts tenth generation Intel “Comet Lake” processors, with the option of equipping from a modest Celeron to a Core i7-10510U that allows many possibilities with 4 cores and 8 threads of native processing, frequencies up to 4.9 GHz and 8 Mbytes of cache.
It can equip up to 16 Gbytes of DDR4 RAM and up to 256 Gbytes for internal storage with M.2 SATA. It supports the latest standard in Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity that complements the Gigabit LAN. It has a variety of USB 3.2 Gen2 and USB 2.0 ports.
The dual HDMI output and included USB Type-C give this mini-PC the ability to output content up to three displays with 4K resolution. Support for USB Power Delivery allows you to charge a smartphone or other connected accessory and can also be powered by a compatible display or other device. This eliminates the need for a separate power adapter and makes it easy to maintain a tidy workspace.
Its compact chassis in a square format of just 15 cm offers the possibility of placing it anywhere on the desk or behind the monitor with its VESA mount, one of the great advantages of these compact computers.
ASUS Chromebox 4 Specifications
|Processors||Intel 10th Gen “Comet Lake”:
· Core i7-10510U
· Core i5-10210U
|Graphics||Integrated Intel HD Graphics|
|Memory||4 – 8 – 16 GB DDR4 SO-DIMM|
|Storage||32/64 eMMC – 128 – 256 GB M.2 SATA|
|Connectivity||Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Front ports||2 x USB 3.1 Gen2, audio jack, microSD|
|Rear ports||3 x USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 type-C
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Kensington Lock
2 x USB2.0
|Dimensions||148.5 x 148.5 x 40 mm 1 kg|
|Battery||5,000 mAh with 15W fast charge|
|Dimensions||148.5 x 148.5 x 40 mm|
The ASUS Chromebox 4 will be available in December with a base configuration price of $ 289. Content for this type of compact equipment, complete connectivity and well built as is usually the norm of the Taiwanese manufacturer.
In terms of its potential, it is the same that Chrome OS offers in Chromebooks laptops. A real alternative to Windows and Mac that has improved a lot in the 10 years since its launch. In interface to bring it closer to a traditional desktop; support to run Chrome OS, Android or Linux applications or maintaining its starting advantages in simplicity, ease of use, administration and security. They are the product group that has grown the most in sales in the “resurrection of the PC” observed last quarter.