The Taiwanese manufacturer has announced the Mini-PC ASUS Chromebox will be available this week for $179 at retailers like Amazon, Newegg and Tiger Direct.
Besides their popular Chromebooks, Google seeks to the use of their Chrome OS with this series of mini-PCs known as ASUS Chromebox.
It is the first, but it clearly is the most compact, affordable and efficient because it does not require active cooling fans.
The basic kit costs 179 USD and features a dual-core Intel Haswell Celeron 2955U at 1.4 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD for storage with 100 GB for free thanks to Google Cloud Drive.
ASUS offers other higher configurations with 4 GB of RAM and processors like the Core i3-4010U or a dual-core Core i7-4600U at 3.3 GHz to enhance its performance, though it costs above 300 USD.
All of them have LAN Ethernet ports, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, SD card reader, Kensington lock, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Display Port output.
Affordable and fast, good connectivity, nice performance, ease of use and lots of configuration options are the advantages of these computers, with the drawbacks that come precisely from its focus on the Chrome OS cloud.