ASUS Chromebox available for pre-order, shipping March 14

March 10, 2014
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Back at the beginning of February, ASUS officially announced its new Chromebox line-up, which has now appeared for pre-order on a number of US websites, with a retail price of just $179.

Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect all have the same ASUS Chromebox (M004U) available for pre-order, with a release date listed at March 14th.

For a quick recap, the ASUS Chromebox model in question features a dual-core Intel Celeron 2955U processor, clock at a modest 1.4GHz. This should help to keep the device cool, although none of the boxes appear to be fan-less as previously suggested. The cheapest box also comes with 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage courtesy of a Sold State hard drive, 100GB of Google Drive space, dual-band 802.11n WiF, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, display ports, SD card slot, and USB 3.0 ports. Not to mention that it comes pre-loaded with Chrome OS.

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Remember that there are other Intel powered variants of the ASUS Chromebox too. However, the company has no plans to offer pre-orders for the Core i3 version, which will also go on sale on the 14th of March, and the Core i7 option won’t be released in North America.

Considering the price, ASUS’ Chromebox looks like a promising product for those interested in a cheap PC or something pop under their TV. Are any of you interested in picking up one of these?

Comments

  • Juan Monsalve

    isnt better to buy a wireless keyboard and just conect your phone to a Tv?

    • MasterMuffin

      This is faster than a phone, you can use your phone and you can use this as a PC

      • KUSH

        Doesn’t sound faster than my note 3 ;) .. At least not the $179 Intel celeron version.

  • wat

    Intel ruined this. Way bigger, hotter, power greedy and with a noisy fan than it would need to be with ARM. GG Asus, hope Intel paid you well enough.

  • Timmy

    Hmm, wonder if you could convert this into a PLEX media server with a bigger HDD….and maybe Ubuntu or something smaller.

  • Jan Morrida

    Getting bored with my Roku, looking for something new!

  • Travis Halfman

    Got in on the pre-order nice and early. Friday the 14th came and went with no shipping notice from Amazon. Now it’s Monday and still no word. Somehow I think these are going to be as delayed as the Chromecast on release.