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ASUS Chromebox Now In Stock, Ready to Ship from Online Stores (Updated)

Right on schedule, the ASUS Chromebox is now available to buy in the US. 

Select online retailers in the US are said to be offering the device, with electronics company SabrePC listing both models as ‘in stock’ and ready to ship in 1-2 days.

See entry at the bottom of this post for an update on current availability.

Announced in early February, the ASUS Chromebox is the latest mini-PC running Google’s Chrome OS. It follows on from 2012′s (unimaginatively titled) “Samsung Chromebox”. 

International release dates for the device have yet to be confirmed by ASUS.

Specifications

At just 4.9-inches by 4.9-inches, and 1.67-inches tall, it would be easy to assume the mini-PC is underpowered. But despite the diminutive dimensions the ASUS Chromebox is actually pretty capable.

Two distinct versions are being offered to buyers in the US:

The first, and cheapest, is powered by a power-efficient dual-core Intel Celeron 2955U clocked at 1.4Ghz, paired with 2GB RAM and Intel Graphics HD 4000.

For more demanding needs, a more expensive version utilising an Intel i3 processor, backed up with 4GB RAM and Intel Graphics HD 4400, is also available.

All models feature a 16GB SSD for local storage, a quad of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort out, ethernet, SD card reader and built-in Bluetooth and WiFi.

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Available to Buy Now

Small in size, and also fairly small in price. ASUS are retailing the Celeron-based version at the dirt-cheap price of $179.99.

With greater power comes greater cost: the Intel i3 is listed by SabrePC at one cent shy of $370 —$30 off the RRP.

Buy The ASUS Chromebox on SabrePC

Update, March 6

It seems the folks at SabrePC didn’t pay attention when creating their listing. Since this article went live the company has mailed those who ordered a Chromebox to “clarify” that by “in stock and ready to ship” what they actually meant was “available to pre-order”.

Update, March 7

Good news if you’ve been waiting on Amazon! The Chromebox is now listed for pre-order, ready to ship on March 14.

Pre-order the ASUS Chromebox on Amazon

Thanks to Sal for tip; Bill in the comments for update 
  • Curtis Mitchell

    $340 for an i3 system is a pretty good buy. I’ll be interested to see these things get into the public and if any interesting mods can be done with them. Now lets see some Chrome apps that’ll take advantage of that extra juice

    • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

      As far as I know, both the RAM (SODIMM) and SSD (M.2) are user replaceable, which makes it the perfect cheap Linux computer.

      • Sebastiaan Franken

        Well .. “cheap”… M.2 SSD’s are expensive..

        • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

          You don’t have to replace the SSD of course, you can also just install Linux on the included 16GB SSD. But you’re right, M.2 SSDs are expensive.

  • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

    I think I’m going for the Celeron variant. It offers a great bang for your buck, and the i3 one is a littlebit too expensive for me.

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      A dual core with HT does the same amount of work a quad core would, so for the “average user” it’s a quadcore.

      • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

        It only has two hardware cores, so it won’t quite do the work of a quad-core. It makes the CPU more efficient, though.

  • Steve_NYC

    It’s an interesting device and I’m curious to see how it does. I love my Samsung Chromebook and I could see this being very useful for a variety of different people, especially those who wants larger screens. The Chromebook has been a pretty big hit with some older folks who I know that just want simplicity and security.

    One of the things that popped into my mind though, when I saw the price (which is not a complaint), is that for $20 more than the Celeron based unit, you could buy an ASUS C720 just about anywhere and the only thing you “lose” is a displayport, 2 additional USB 3.0 ports and the ethernet port. Plus you would gain a screen, keyboard, mouse and overall portability. Everything else is identical.

    Just a thought.

  • Efjay

    Cute. Any word on UK prices?

  • Vagabnd

    So outside of SabrePC which stores does this show up on?

  • J. K.

    The website says “Available to Ship: 1-2 weeks” not days as the article states.

  • Na7noo7

    No Chromebase? No thanks.

  • Perry Barber

    Excuse my ignorance. I am wondering if the chromebox would work using a large HDTV as a monitor. I would like to get one for my father to replace his PC. He lives in a retirement home with limited space, but I could see him using this for everything he uses his PC for. I realize he would need an wireless keyboard and mouse. Thanks in advance.

    • stingyTV

      Yes it will. I use a Samsung chromebox with a 55 inch LED TV. It’s a great cord cutting device!!!

  • gils001

    Can this side load another OS?

    • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

      Of course.

  • Darren Enns

    In comparing this to, say, the Acer C720, is the GPU different/better/worse? The low-end Asus Chromebox (from above) has a ‘Intel Graphics HD 4000′, but all I can find for the Acer C720 is ‘integrated graphics’. To make it even more confusing, the SabrePC says that the low-end Chromebox has ‘Integrated Intel HD 4400 Graphics’.

    • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

      The low end Chromebox has exactly the same CPU as the C720, to be exact the Celeron 2955U which means they also have the same GPU. The HD 4400 included in the i3 model is a bit faster, though. That one supports 4K playback, and the HD 4000 (found in the 2955U) doesn’t.

      • Nicolae Crefelean

        Check this out: http://ark.intel.com/compare/75107,75608

        It’s a bit lame of Intel to simply name it “Intel HD Graphics” and just leave it like that, but it’s still not HD 4000 so although they have the same speed, the i3 GPU has more features (Graphics Specifications).

  • TONY ALDO

    Get Bittorrent on it and I’ll be a fan. And I don’t mean jTorrent.

    • calden74

      Bittorrent has been available on ChromeOS as an extension for a while now.

  • Bill Bradford

    “Thank you for your recent order with SabrePC.com for the ASUS Chromebox. Due to the slight confusion on our product page, we would like to clarify that this product is for preorder only at this time. We are expecting our first shipment in 2-3 weeks, but will ship out the same day once the shipment arrives. Please confirm that you are able to wait or we can cancel your order for a full refund.”

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      Thanks Bill, I’ll update the article. Bit of a cop-out on their part; they listed it as in stock.

      • Nicolae Crefelean

        “Celeron 2955U clocked at 1.4Ghz, paired with 2GB RAM and Intel Graphics HD 4000.”

        See this: http://ark.intel.com/compare/75107,75608

        The Celeron comes with Intel HD Graphics, not Intel Graphics HD 4000. I have to admit I would’ve bought the Celeron box instantly if it had Intel HD 4000. Too bad. Please update the article.

  • Rickey Shortt

    Forgive me if this post shows up twice. Anyway, do you think they might offer the low end Celeron model with 4 GB of RAM in the near future for a little bit more, say another $50-60. If so, I would definitely consider getting one, and the keyboard they make for it as well. I definitely want 4 GB RAM, but the i3 version at $370 is more than I can spend. I really want to try switching to Chrome OS in a desktop environment, but feel I will really need the performance of the extra RAM. Perhaps the HP Chromebox will fit my needs better when it comes out? My other alternative is to get the Acer C720, but can I connect it to my 23″ ASUS monitor which only has a VGA port with a VGA to HDMI adapter? Will that work without issues?

    • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

      Buy 2GB SODIMM RAM and voila, you’ve got 4GB RAM. The HP will only come with an i7 as far as I know.

      • calden74

        I know I keep reading these posts as to how little 2GB of RAM is or I need more memory, etc. 2GB od DDR3 RAM costs less than 20 dollars, so I really do not see a problem here.

  • Basilio Gonzalez

    Wow… the specs are not that bad… Especially if you install Ubuntu on it.

  • dourscot

    The Intel 2955U is outstanding.Tried two systems running it in a store and they absolutely flew compared to previous generation. And the battery life is good.

  • rcpa

    Now on Amazon. March 14th release date. I just preordered one.

  • Rickey Shortt

    My two or three year old Asus VH235T monitor has VGA and DVI ports only – no DisplayPort or HDMI. Will the Asus Chromebox work with this older monitor? I assume I will need to purchase a DisplayPort to DVI adapter or a cable with one DisplayPort plug and one DVI port? I want one but if the Chromebox will not work well with this monitor, I cannot buy it. Please inform me.

    • rcpa

      Buy a DisplayPort to DVI cable from amazon for about $8. There also exist HDMI to DVI cables.

  • Guest

    “Celeron 2955U clocked at 1.4Ghz, paired with 2GB RAM and Intel Graphics HD 4000.”

    See this: http://ark.intel.com/compare/75107,75608

    The Celeron comes with Intel HD Graphics, not Intel Graphics HD 4000. I have to admit I would’ve bought the Celeron box instantly if it had Intel HD 4000. Too bad.

  • wisdomtooth

    where is the chromebox wireless mouse & keyboard to be found?