Asus has introduced its new Chromebox 4, a mini PC that runs Chrome OS.
Visually, the Chromebox Four appears pretty much like its predecessor (the Chromebox 3). Each are black with the Asus emblem within the center and the Chrome emblem within the high left nook. It’s additionally the identical measurement — 5.85 x 5.85 x 1.58 inches — however Asus has made an enormous change below the hood. The place the Chromebox Three was powered by eighth Gen Intel processors, the Chromebox Four affords 10th Gen Intel processors. Asus says these will ship “quicker, smoother and extra energy-efficient efficiency.”
The brand new Chromebox can embrace an Intel Celeron 5205U or certainly one of three Intel Core processors: an i3-10110U, an i5-10210U, or an i7-10510U. (These are 15W TDP).
For different specs, you may configure the Chromebox Four with 4GB or 8GB of reminiscence (DDR4-SO-DIMM) and as much as 256GB of storage (by way of an M.2 SATA SSD). There are ports galore — together with HDMI 2.0, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (supporting energy supply and DisplayPort), and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-A — which might assist as much as three 4K shows directly. The system helps dual-band 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and features a fan.
Like different Chrome OS units, the Chromebox Four helps Google Play. Meaning you’ll be capable to use Android apps natively on the gadget. Whether or not you’ll truly need to do that relies on your workflow — some Android apps run very nicely on Chrome OS units, whereas others are glitchy and ineffective. Talking of Chrome OS, you’ll additionally get automated software program and safety updates, so that you don’t must put aside time to obtain and restart as you’d with Home windows or Mac machines.
The Chromebox Four will likely be out there in North America in December beginning at $289.