Chrome OS and Chromebooks are virtually interchangeable when it comes to computer systems, however there are all-in-one and desktop machines that run Chrome, too. The most recent “Chromebox” from Asus is especially fascinating: it may be configured with some critical Intel energy, and it’s able to working as much as three screens without delay. The Chromebox 4 releases in December.
Regardless of being fairly tiny—at just below six inches sq., it’s smaller however barely thicker than a Mac Mini—you should buy a Chromebox 4 with a Tenth-gen Core i7 processor. Cheaper choices provide a Core i3 or i5. 4GB of 8GB of reminiscence might be configured, with storage from 32GB-256GB. Asus’ spec listing says that these use commonplace laptop computer RAM SO-DIMM modules and M.2 SSDs for 128 or 256GB of storage, so presumably it’s attainable for the top consumer to improve the desktops, if they will get the case open.
There’s a shocking quantity of ports on this little field, too. On the entrance you get double USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and MicroSD card reared, whereas round again you get three A ports at varied speeds, two HDMI ports, USB-C/Thunderbolt, and Ethernet. Between HDMI and USB-C, the Chromebox 4 can deal with three 4K screens without delay—a uncommon feat for Chrome OS gadgets of any dimension.
There’s a devoted DC jack, however the laptop might be powered by way of USB-C from a suitable monitor (both 65 or 90 watts, based on the ability provide spec sheet), too, and a VESA mount on the underside means you possibly can clear up some desk area by mounting it on to the again of your monitor.
Like all Chrome OS gadgets, the Chromebox 4 will get its software program and updates instantly from Google, and it may run at the least some Android apps from the Play Retailer. This one’s decked out with administration instruments for company or training prospects. The value will begin at a really cheap $289 when it launches subsequent month, however sadly, we don’t understand how a lot these processor, RAM, and storage upgrades will price.