Asus CHROMEBOX Desktop model: M004U

Asus CHROMEBOX Desktop

Quick Description

Like Chrome books, this ultra-compact computer has limited functionality but if all you need is a way to browse the web, check your mail and participate to social media, this is a great option; it even supports quite a few apps so games and working on homework on this is definitely possible.

The device's small size makes it easy to hook up to a TV (I would definitely see this as a great kitchen computer) or at the back of a computer monitor to build your own all-in-one.

This is a good stationary computer for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this stationary computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (39.23% of the time to be exact). It's so common in fact that I would advise against buying it at regular price.

Input Devices not included. Which usually means you will have to supply your own Keyboard and Mouse. You might already have a set from your previous computer. Otherwise, you will have to buy new ones. $40-$219

Speakerless. This stationary computer needs external speakers to play sounds. Your options are to hook it up to a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, use external speakers or a headset.$0-$500

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40-$380

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this stationary computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$115-$650

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this stationary computer.$30-$150

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $330 on accessories, for a total cost of $600.

Currently Exclusive to Newegg for $262

Based on 1278 days of observation, the Asus CHROMEBOX Desktop usually costs ~$220 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this stationary computer is $20.88. Rebates being very common, I would advise to wait before buying this stationary computer.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus CHROMEBOX Desktop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Newegg at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus CHROMEBOX Desktop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price0.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability1/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance1/5

Ultra-Compacts

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price2.5/5
Durability5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability4/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price0/5
Price1/5
Durability3/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability3.5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance3/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS
Processor: Intel Celeron 2955U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
Memory: 2.00 GB
Storage: 16.00 GB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 12.40 × 12.40 × 4.20 cm
Weight: 0.60 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • USB 3
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that
Data Storage6/10A technician can help you with that
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 2/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (5 / 5)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 9)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (1 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 12)

Video Games (0 / 16)

Enthusiast Games (0 / 45)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 48)

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