Looking for the best Chromebox that's easy to set up and use? Here are 5 great options that will work for everyone.
Whether you're looking to replace your old desktop PC that's too slow to surf the web or you just need an all-in-one accessory to manage your tasks on your TV, a quality Chromebox could be the answer. These small, desktop-like boxes run Chrome OS and feature decent hardware for web searches and streaming movies online. Let's highlight some Chromeboxes worth considering adding to your home.
This Chromebox from ASUS features integrated virus and malware protection, and packs a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD graphics, and a 16GB solid state drive for incredibly-fast booting and storage. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports that are easily accessible and an SD card slot on the side. For display connections, it offers both an HDMI and DisplayPort options. The ASUS Chromebox is available for a reasonable $155.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebox
Samsung's Series 3 Chromebox sports 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-2450M CPU, Intel HD graphics, and a 16GB solid state drive that allows for a quick startup. The sleek design of this Chromebox fits nicely for any set up and provides 2 DisplayPort connectors on the back next to 4 USB ports, Ethernet port, and a DVI connector to accommodate most monitors. The Samsung Series 3 Chromebox goes for $285.
HP Chromebox CB1-014
Sharing similar specs and design to the ASUS Chromebox is HP's CB1-014 Chromebox that comes with the advantage of extra colors: white or an ocean turquoise. Able to connect to a monitor or your TV, this Chromebox sports a smooth design that packs 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 16GB solid state drive, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron CPU, and Intel HD graphics. There's an SD card slot on the side, 4 USB ports, and connections for both an HDMI and DisplayPort on the back. HP's Chromebox currently goes for around $200.
Dell Chromebox 3010
This Dell 3010 Chromebox rocks a faster 2.10GHz Intel Core i7 CPU and 4GB of RAM, making it a more powerful option over the most standard Chromeboxes. For storage it packs a 16GB solid state drive and features an SD card slot on the side. Four USB 3.0 ports are available for external storage options along with an HDMI and DisplayPort connection. With the i7 CPU inside, the Dell 3010 is priced higher at $490, but the cheaper Intel i3 version is still a great alternative.
Acer Chromebox CX12-4GKM
Last up is Acer's Chromebox, featuring a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM, Intel HD graphics, and a 16GB solid state drive. This particular Chromebox comes with its own mouse and keyboard, has a vertical design instead of the traditional flat box, and packs 4 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, DisplayPort and HDMI ports. This Chromebox bundle is currently priced at $197.