Most computers that run Google’s browser-based ChromeOS software are Chromebooks. But company have also been making small Chromebox desktop computers for almost as long as ChromeOS has been a thing.

The new Lenovo Chromebox Micro, though, is smaller than most. At 163 x 79 x 20mm (6.4″ x 3.1″ x 0.8″) it’s about the size of of two smartphones stacked on top of one another. The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is set to launch in the first quarter of 2024 for $219 and up.

Lenovo unveiled the little computer during the Digital Signage Experience show this week, so it’s no surprise that the company is positioning the Chromebox Micro as an “ultra-thin and affordable media player.” But it could also be used for a wide variety of applications.

It’s powered by an Intel Celeron N4500 processor, which is a 6-watt, 2-core, 2-thread processor based on Intel Jasper Lake Architecture, and supports 8GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro features a fanless metal chassis and support for silent 24/7 operation, and a set of ports that includes:

  • 2 x USB Type-C
  • 2 x USB Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

It weighs 450 grams, or about one pound, and can be mounted to the back of a display. Lenovo is also partnering with to offer 15.6″ and 21.5″ displays designed specifically for use with a Chromebox Micro, thanks to appropriately-sized cut-outs in the back.

Instorescreen

Theoretically it’s like buying an all-in-one desktop, except that the brains of the system are a removable computer that could theoretically be replaced by a next-gen model (if one is released in the future).

While the new Lenovo Chromebox Micro is the first device in this form factor, Google says it’s “partnering with additional device manufacturers to bring affordable, compact, enterprise-grade Chromeboxes to your business soon,” suggesting we could see similarly-sized products from other companies in the future.

That said, the Chromebox Micro isn’t the smallest ChromeOS computer we’ve ever seen. That award still belongs to the Asus Chromebit, which launched in 2015 as a $100 Chromebox-on-a-stick designed to plug directly into the HDMI port of a display.

Lenovo press release and Google announcement

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign

or...

Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,543 other subscribers

Join the Conversation

11 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. The first quarter of 2024, perhaps? 😎

    “The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is set to launch in the first quarter of 2023 for $219 and up”

  2. 8GB RAM is welcome, but 32GB eMMC? Really? I use ChromeOS to run desktop Linux software, and 32GB is definitely not enough, and that’s before you start adding the Play Store apps.

    1. Maybe the target is an infopoint or thin client for companies and only their software will run there.
      But I’m in accord with you, what a poor companies we have to undersize the storage for $2 bucks saving.

    2. I agree about 32 GB, and to a lesser extent, about 32 GB eMMC, but if I might offer hope, I took ”The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is set to launch in the first quarter of 2023(? 2024) for $219 AND UP” to leave the door open for larger mass storage options. But the comment from Google sounded like other companies would have similar offerings for enterprises, even if Lenovo doesn’t.

  3. I’m liking the looks of this, but still crossing my fingers for an ASUS Chromebit successor from someone that can be plugged right into a display and also in the $100-$150 range.

  4. Lets hope we start seeing more Mini PCs of this size (or smaller) from mainstream PC companies.

    1. It’s not that unusual a size for the various Chinese companies putting N100s into boxes running Windows. I get that a mainstream company offers some advantages over those, but do you really expect there’s enough of a market for that kind of small box to justify even more manufacturers? Among other things, machines like that often fit in the very cheap end of the market, so adding in the overhead of a more reputable company may not help them sell. I note that this box has a pretty old and very underpowered processor, a tiny and slow disk, and is still more expensive than what some modern quad-core boxes with M.2 disks and Windows licenses cost.

      1. I have no idea if they’re popular enough for a mainstream company to consider worth their while. All I know is that as a consumer I would prefer to buy these kinds of products from stores that have a return policy, and made by companies that offer warranty.

        I do buy lots of cheap mini PCs from China, but I’d gladly pay 10-20% more for them if they came from a brand that has warranty in my country, preferably one of the Taiwanese brands like Asus, MSI, Acer, Gigabyte etc.

      2. If a retailer like Target is looking to purchase 20,000 units to install throughout their stores, they are definitely going to go with name-brand hardware with uniform run quality and specs, believable warranty, ongoing support, and locally available service from the Best Buy next door.