Asus has revealed that it is releasing its own Chromebox . With a starting retail price of $179 the small, compact device, measuring 4.88x4.88x1.65-inches, will give users access to Google’s web services and web store.
Consumers who purchase the Chrome OS-based device will be provided with 100GB of Google Drive space that can be accessed with the built-in dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. There will be two different Chromebox SKUs available in North America. The first is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor while the second comes with an Intel Core i3-4010U processor. There will also be a third SKU featuring an Intel Core i7-4600U processor but, as of now, will not be available in the North American market.
All three models will come with integrated Intel HD Graphics (up to 4400 according to Asus), offered 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 memory, and have one HDMI and one DisplayPort output, allowing for dual monitor capability while also supporting 4K displays. Other features include a 12GB SSD, four USB 3.0 ports, one LAN port, one Kensington lock, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2-in-1 card reader.
An optional wireless keyboard and mouse combination will also be offer alongside the device though no price has been provided.
The Asus Chromebox will be available for purchase in March with the starting price of $179.