Chrome OS and Chromebooks are almost interchangeable in terms of computers, but there are also all-in-one and desktop computers that run Chrome. The latest “Chromebox”
Despite being quite small – at just under six inches square, smaller but slightly thicker than a Mac Mini – you can buy a Chromebox 4 with a 10th Gen Core i7 processor. Cheaper options offer a Core i3 or i5. 4 GB 8 GB of memory can be configured, with storage from 32 GB-256 GB. Asus’s specification list says these standard laptop RAM use SO-DIMM modules and M.2 SSDs for 128 or 256 GB of storage, so it is likely possible for the end user to upgrade the desktops, if they can open the case.
There is also a surprising number of ports on this little box. On the front you get dual USB-A ports, a headphone jack and a MicroSD card, while on the back you get three A ports at different speeds, two HDMI ports, USB-C / Thunderbolt and Ethernet. Between HDMI and USB-C, the Chromebox 4 can handle three 4K monitors simultaneously – a rare achievement for Chrome OS devices of all sizes.
There is a dedicated DC connection, but the computer can also be powered via USB-C from a compatible monitor (65 or 90 watts, per the power supply spec sheet), and a VESA mount on the bottom means you can do anything clear up some desk space by mounting it directly on the back of your monitor.
Like all Chrome OS devices, the Chromebox 4 gets its software and updates directly from Google and can run at least some Android apps from the Play Store. It includes management tools for business or educational clients. Pricing starts at a very reasonable $ 289 when it launches next month, but unfortunately, we don’t know how much those processor, RAM, and storage upgrades will cost.
Source: Asus via The Verge