No more Mac Mini, if you are Chrome lover and want to spend your computing time on cloud only here it comes a perfect solution by Asus. A new Chrome box.
Asus Chromebox review, specs: The Chrome OS-powered Asus Chromebox, offered in several variants, is deemed the “world’s smallest Chrome computer.” Some reviewers note that it’s a Mac Mini look-alike with its box-shaped form and the Toronto Sun has noted that the unit is “ultra-compact” and “affordable.”
According to the Canadian newspaper, the Mac Mini-look alike is being sold for a quarter of a price of the Apple machine, with limited performance and storage. One of its variants, the 1.4GHz Celeron processor of the Asus Chromebox does the job but mainly because of the Chrome OS platform.
This leads to the question: Can this compete well with Mac Mini? Though it maybe a bit far fetched when it comes to design and performance, the Asus Chromebox, particularly it’s Haswell-powered variant the M075U shows promising signs.
According to Geeky Gadgets, the new Asus Intel iCore i3 equipped Chromebox follows on from the recently launched Asus Chromebox M005U mini back in March and is equipped with a less powerful Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor. The latter has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Other specs of the new Asus Chromebox M075U include a 16GB solid-state disk (SSD) and a connectivity provided by dual-band 802.11 in WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and graphics from Intel HD 4400 chip. Connectivity options for the machine include four USB 3.0 ports.
The Chromebox is pre-installed with Google’s Chrome OS, but Asus minicomputers can also run Ubuntu or any other Linux-based operating system you might choose. The Asus M075U system also has 4K Ultra HD via its HDMI and DisplayPort and also has a handy SD card slot for memory expansion.
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