Chrome OS devices, be it Chromebook laptops, Chomebox mini PCs, or Chromebit PC sticks, used to be relatively low-cost devices designed to run the Chrome browser. But over the years. the versatility of the platform has increased with more powerful, yet still with low-power consumption, hardware, and improved software with support for Android apps, the Google Play Store, and even Linux programs.
ASUS Chromebox 4 mini PC should be able to handle all those tasks pretty well, thanks to a choice of Intel Comet Lake processors ranging from a dual-core Intel Celeron 5205U to a quad-core Core i7-10510U with up to 16GB RAM, 64GB eMMC flash, and an M.2 socket that will be fitted to either 128GB or 256GB SATA SSD. The device offers Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi 6 connectivity, also has the ability to drive up to three displays thanks to two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a USB 3.2 Type-C port with DisplayPort alt mode.
- Intel Comet Lake-U SoC (one or the other)
- Intel Celeron 5205U dual-core processor up to 1.9 GHz with 2MB cache, Intel UHD graphics; 15W TDP
- Intel Core i3-10110U dual-core/quad-thread processor up to 2.1 GHz / 4.1 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB Cache, Intel UHD graphics; 15W-25W TDP
- Intel Core i5-10210U quad-core/octa-thread processor up to 1.6 GHz / 4.2 GHz with 6MB cache, Intel UHD graphics; 15W-25W TDP
- Intel Core i7-10510U quad-core/octa-thread processor up to 1.8 GHz / 4.9 GHz with 8MB cache, Intel UHD graphics; 15W-25W TDP
- System Memory – 4GB DDR4-2400 (Celeron) or 8GB DDR4-2666 (Core) SO-DIMM upgradeable to 16GB RAM
- Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, 128GB or 256GB M.2 SATA SSD, MicroSD card slot
- Video Output
- 2x HDMI 2.0 ports
- DisplayPort via USB-C
- Audio Output – 3.5mm audio jack (mic+headphone), digital audio via HDMI
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) 2×2 MIMO + Bluetooth 5.0
- Core models – 2x USB 3.1 Gen2 (support BC1.2), 3x USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 type-C (USB3.0/PowerDelivery/DisplayPort)
- Celeron model – 2x USB 3.1 Gen2 (support BC1.2), 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 type-C (USB3.0/PowerDelivery/DisplayPort)
- Misc – 1x Kensington Lock
- Power Supply – 19VDC/4.74A (90W) or 19VDC/3.42A (65W)
- Dimensions – 148.5 x 148.5 x 40 mm
- Weight – 1.0 kg
- Certifications – BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/C-Tick/WiFi/RF/VCCI
I could not quite remember what BC 1.2 meant, and it stands for “Battery Charging 1.2” technology meant you’ll be able to charge your smartphone or other battery-powered devices faster through compatible ports.
The company did not provide availability nor pricing information yet. ASUS Chromebox 4 will ship with a power supply, power cord, and VESA mount to attach the mini PC to the back of compatible monitors. More details may be found on the product page.