The Asus Chromebox is a small desktop computer that runs Google’s Chrome OS software. Asus launched the first model in 2014 and eventually expanded the lineup to include versions with Celeron, Core i3, and Core i7 processors based on Intel’s 4th-gen Core “Haswell” architecture.
Now there’s a new model with a 5th-gen “Broadwell” chip with improved graphics performance. The new model also supports faster WiFi networks.
You can pick up the new Asus Chromebox from Amazon for $199.
The new Asus Chromebox is the same size and shape as the original, measuring 4.9″ x 4.9″ x 1.7″. Like the older models, it has four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio jacks.
But the new model has a Celeron 3205U processor with Intel HD 5500 graphics and support for 802.11ac WiFi.
The first Broadwell-based model to launch has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It’s not clear at this point whether Asus has plans to offer additional models with more memory or storage or higher-performance Broadwell chips.
It’s a little odd to see a Broadwell-based computer launch in late 2015, now that 6th-gen Intel Core “Skylake” chips are available. While Skylake architecture doesn’t offer a significant CPU performance boost over Broadwell, it does offer improved graphics and reduced power consumption. Still, if you’re in the market for an entry-level Chromebox, the new model is a bit of a step up from last year’s version.
via +Brent Sullivan