Simple specs and great connectivity options at a near impulse purchase price
Keeping to its word, ASUS has just put its first Chromebox effort up for order from three online retailers today. Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect all have the ASUS Chromebox up for order at the nice, low price of $179 to be shipped out on March 14th.
That price gets you a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U Processor (what we see in many Chromebooks), 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, 802.11n Wifi and a whole bunch of ports — HDMI, DisplayPort, ethernet and four USB 3.0 ports are spread across this small device. AnandTech also points out that there will also be Intel Core i3 and Core i7 variants with higher specs, but that the Core i3 model won't go up for pre-order and the Core i7 version simply won't be available in North America.
Many of us are still scratching our heads on the reasons to pick up a Chromebox, but there are plenty of proven use-cases — especially in education and business — where Chromeboxes have shown their strength. If you're so inclined to give one a try at $179, you can drop your cash at one of the three retailers below.