ASUS Chromebox desktop is a small computer that runs on Chrome OS. ASUS has launched its first model in 2014 and, during these years, the family has expanded to new versions of the most updated first with Intel Celeron, Core i3 / i5 / i7 (Haswell) then with Intel Broadwell, better performance faster graphics and WiFi. The latest generation is called Chromebox 2 (CN62); We were seen live in early summer, at Computex 2015, collecting our impressions in the video found below.
A few months later, ASUS Chromebox CN62 lands on the American and European markets (although not in all countries). At the time of this writing, Brad Liliputing us that the version with Intel Celeron 3205U and Graphics HD 5500 costs $ 199 in the US, but browsing through shop Germans we note that there are even more SKU although at prices almost double: ASUS Chromebox 2 (G004U) with Intel Core i3-5010U touches 413 euro, while ASUS Chromebox 2 (G007U) with Intel Core i7-5500U nearly 559 Euros. In Italy there is no trace of this model for now, nor do we know if and when he was scheduled its launch.
The allocation of all SKUs is then complemented by 2GB (SKU American) or 4GB of RAM (SKU European) and 16GB of storage on SSD M2. Aboard a new 802.11ac WiFi module, in addition to the usual Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000. Despite the small frame, which measures 12.4 x 12.4 x 19.4 cm, ASUS has integrated a rich park gates that includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI, a power connector, an RJ-45 port, a DisplayPort jack audio, a memory card reader 4-in-1 and a Kensington lock.
It ‘a bit’ strange to news of the launch of a Mini PC with Broadwell the end of 2015, when the sixth-generation Intel Core “Skylake” is available now. In favor of ASUS and the Chromebox we can not say that the platform Skylake does not offer a significant increase in CPU performance, rather improved graphics and low power consumption. So if you are looking for a mini PC with Chrome OS with these features, let us a little thought even though the price may be prohibitive for some.