asus-chromebox-corei3ASUS began to sell their very first Chrome OS desktop computers earlier this March, where they launched the ASUS Chromebox M005U which retailed for $179 apiece. This particularly small desktop machine can be carried around on a single hand, but then again, that kind of compromise led to a lack of processing power, especially when you take into consideration how it runs on an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor, has 2GB RAM, sports just 16GB of internal memory with Google’s Chrome operating system running proceedings from underneath the hood. It might not be much, but it can handle Ubuntu or other Linux-based operating systems decently. For those who want something with a little bit more punch, ASUS gives you reason to smile with the $399 ASUS Chromebox-M075U that packs a far superior Intel Core i3-4010U processor.

Depending on the retailer where you will pick up the ASUS Chromebox-M075U from, it will arrive with 4GB RAM, although some say that select retailers will deliver the 2GB RAM model instead. Regardless, upgrading it yourself should not be an issue, since the chipset, theoretically speaking, ought to be able to deliver up to 16GB RAM should you decide to upgrade the memory yourself. As for the remainder of the hardware specifications, we are looking at a 16GB SSD for speedier access, Intel HD 4400 graphics, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a quartet of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort with support for 4K video output, and an memory SD card slot.

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