ASUS Chromebox 3Source: ASUS

Best answer: We don't see new Chromeboxes every month or so like we do with Chromebooks, and there will almost certainly be new models released later this year. what's available right now makes for an awesome desktop experience though, so there is no need to play the waiting game.

Chromeboxes are safe, secure, and easy desktops

Unlike a laptop, a Chromebox is always plugged in and has a fan to keep things a little cooler. That means they can run a little hotter and a little harder than the same components would inside a laptop. It also means that today's Chromeboxes are going to handle whatever Chrome can throw at it — including Android apps and Linux apps — just fine for the foreseeable future.

But what about tomorrow's Chromeboxes? Manufacturers are releasing new Chromeboxes for 2021, but there's no need to wait for the next-gen unless you're looking at the very low end or high end when it comes to a specific model.

As someone who often likes to chase specs, I know it's always tough to make a purchase when you know something new will arrive not too long after you've spent your money, but a Chromebox isn't one of the things you need to wait for. The upcoming models will have better processors and faster RAM, but you'll not see much difference unless you go for the cheapest option or the very best option. And really, you should never do either when buying a Chromebox.

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There are some great choices out there when it comes to buying, too. ASUS offers a Chromebox that can be configured to suit your needs no matter what you're trying to do with the Chromebox 3. Most users will be fine with one of the cheaper options, but power users can buy an Intel Core i7-powered model that's complete overkill in all the good ways.

Acer ChromeboxSource: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central

Another excellent choice comes from Acer, which offers a good Intel Core i3 powered Chromebox, a ChromeOS-specific keyboard, and an optical mouse for about $450. That means you can pull it out of the box, plug everything in, sign in to your Google account and you are off and running with zero issues and zero frustration.

If you're looking for a simple and secure desktop that offers the same familiar feeling you get from a Chromebook, now is a great time to shop.

Best all-arounder

ASUS Chromebox 3

The best for everyone

You'll be able to browse the web, shop online, do your taxes, or even play a game with the Chromebox 3 and stay safe and secure.

Total Package

Acer CX13 Chromebox

It's all in the box

Acer offers a powerful Chromebox, a keyboard, and a mouse at a great price. All you need is a monitor or television and you're ready to go.

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