Chrome OS is a platform which has been seeing significant growth recently. In fact, 2015 was probably the best year for the platform with a ton of new products landing on the market. While Chromebooks do occupy most of the headlines, it is important to remember they are not the only Chrome OS devices available. Chromeboxes are an interesting product as they take all of the software elements of Chrome OS but bring them in the form of a small desktop-like box which you can simply plug into your exiting TV or monitor. Sort of like Chrome OS but for your home or office. While this sub-industry is not growing as rapidly as Chromebooks, it is still growing. Here are ten options you might want to consider if you are thinking about trying out a Chromebox.
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop
Starting off the list today is the first of many ASUS Chromeboxes that are currently available. This is the M004U Chromebox and one which comes sporting 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor (clocking at 1.4 GHz). This is a good option for the price as it is one of the cheaper boxes on offer on the list and comes with three USB ports.
HP Chromebox CB1-014
Up next is an almost identical spec-count Chromebox to the M004U, although this one is brought to you by HP. The CB1-014 again comes with 2GB RAM, also comes with 16GB internal storage and is also powered by the same Intel Celeron 2955U processor (clocking at 1.4 GHz) Although, this one does come in white and boasts four USB sockets.
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Deluxe
Moving back to ASUS briefly and up next is another version of the M004U Chromebox although this is the deluxe version. This means you are getting a number of upgrades in certain departments, most notably the memory count which is boosted up to 4GB RAM. Internal storage is once again set at 16GB and the same 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor is in use.
Samsung Chromebox XE300M22
As you would expect, Samsung are not one to miss out on joining the Chromebox party and up for grabs here is the XE300M22. This one comes with some of the higher specs and comes equipped with 4GB memory, 16GB internal storage and powered by an Intel Core i5 processor (clocking at 2.5 GHz). Not forgetting, this one comes with 6 USB ports.
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M115U Desktop
If you are in the market for a more inclusive package, then the ASUS M115U Chromebox package is worth taking a look at. Essentially, this is the M004U Chromebox and does come with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and powered by the Intel Celeron 2955U processor. However, this one also does come with the wireless keyboard and wireless mouse bundled together.
LG ChromeBase 22CV241-W 22-Inch All-in-One Cloud Desktop
If you are looking for something a little bit different and also more standalone, then you can’t get better than the LG ChromeBase. This is a true one-stop Chrome OS solution as instead of an actual Box, this comes with the monitor with the Chromebox built in. The monitor measures 22-inches in size while the internal specs include 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and everything powered by the Intel Celeron 2955U processor (again clocking at 1.4 GHz)
Dell Chromebox 3010 Desktop Computer
When it comes to Chromeboxes, most of the specs are relatively the same, so the main decisions seem to come down to which manufacturer you would prefer to go with and their prices. Well, if you would prefer to go with Dell than Samsung, LG or ASUS, then here is that option. This one again makes use of 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and powered by the Intel Celeron 2955U processor.
Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM Desktop
Adopting a slightly different form factor to the rest of the options is the first Chromebook to make the list from Acer. This is the CX1-2GKM and comes with some of the better specs including 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and is powered by an Intel Celeron 3205U processor (clocking at 1.5 GHz). This one also comes bundled with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M075U Desktop Bundle
Next up, is the last of this list’s ASUS Chromeboxes and this one is the M075U model. This one comes with many of the M004U Deluxe model’s upgraded specs including 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and is powered by an Intel i3-4010U processor (clocking at 1.7 GHz). However, this is another all-in-one type bundle package as it also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Dell Chromebox 3010 Desktop Computer
Closing out the list today is the most expensive Chromebox on the list and this one is the second to come from Dell. The Chromebox 3010 comes sporting 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and comes powered by an Intel Core i7-4600U processor (clocking at 2.10 GHz). As such, this is one of the most powerful of the Chromeboxes listed here. Although you are paying for that power.