Best Chromeboxes

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2017
This great device combines a high performance and fantastic portability with Chrome OS on it that give you 100GB of free cloud storage. Turn your monitor or TV into a full-on PC. We have selected the best chromeboxes on the market so that you can find the one to meet your specific needs. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Performance
Form Factor
Extras
 
PROS

You can mount the chromebox on the back of the monitor with the help of the VESA mounting bracket.

CONS

The mini PC costs much, which can be affordable not for all customers.

OUR VERDICT

Super-productive device which is reliable at the same time - it will serve you for many years.

detailed parameters
Performance
Intel Core 3205U, Processor 1.5 GHz, 4GB RAM, 16 GB SSD
Form Factor
Mini Tower, 4xUSB 3.0, HDMI, Display port, jack 3.5, SD Card Reader, Ethernet
Extras
Keyboard and mouse are included
PROS
This model can be transformed into a 23” Chrome OS All-in-One with the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One.
CONS
The Lenovo Chrome desktop does not support touchscreen displays.
OUR VERDICT
You can use this desktop as a separate computer or along with Chrome OS to control your HTPC system.
detailed parameters
Performance
Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor 1.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 16 GB SSD
Form Factor
Mini Tower, 4xUSB 3.0, HDMI, Display Port, jack 3.5, Ethernet
Extras
Standard USB keyboard and mouse are included
PROS

Safe and family-friendly surfing on the web is ensured with the option of parental controls in this device.

CONS

As the chromebox PC uses Google Print, it’s the advantage only to some clients.

OUR VERDICT

Ideal family device to easily switch between the accounts and secure safe web surfing.

detailed parameters
Performance
Intel Celeron Processor 1.4 GHz, 2GB RAM 16 GB SSD
Form Factor
Mini PC Box, 4xUSB 3.0, HDMI, Display port, SD Card Reader, jack 3.5, Ethernet
Extras
Personalized Access with Parental Controls
PROS

The small device has various designs for your best pick. You can select the best color you like between white and ocean turquoise.

CONS

Some customers experience difficulties with the proper memory extension.

OUR VERDICT

Pretty decent chromebox with a versatile design available in several colors.

detailed parameters
Performance
Intel Celeron Processor 1.4 GHz, 4GB RAM, 16 GB SSD
Form Factor
Mini PC Box, 4xUSB 3.0, HDMI, Display port, SD Card Reader, jack 3.5, Ethernet
Extras
Quiet, efficient cooling system, low heat emission during operation
PROS
Asus Google Chromebit streams 1080p video smoothly in spite of its small size. It always keeps up to date for virus protection.
CONS
It heats up quite a lot during work.
OUR VERDICT
Turn your TV set into a highly functional Chrome OS PC with this Chromebox!
detailed parameters
Performance
Rockchip Quad-Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC
Form Factor
Mini PC Stick, 1 USB 2.0
Extras
Compact candy bar-sized design, 100GB of free Google Drive space

What is a Chromebox

Chromeboxes become increasingly popular, as they are small but multi-functional mini-PCs, based on Google Chrome operating system. The bright peculiarity of the devices is compactness and quick system responsiveness. The Chromebase device boots up in a blink of an eye, so you can start working on the web instantly. Moreover, you don't have to worry about viruses - the Chrome OS takes care of the computer in this respect and it secures safe web browsing. And if you are interested in the portable device of this type, we recommend you to read an interesting article on the best Chromebooks.

Best Chromeboxes

What Features to Compare

The first thing to pay attention to as you choose the device is its Performance. This feature influences main functionality of the chromebox, and what tasks it can solve, as well as the speed of the device work. The following technical parameters influence the productivity: processor and ram memory size, which is also called RAM memory (random access memories). Let’s look into the matter how the processor and random access devices influence the productivity. Chromeboxes usually contain the energy-effective processors which differ significantly in terms of moderate power and high energy effectiveness. It’s determined by the device assignment and Cloud computing, as well as the work on the Internet. The ram memory size influences directly the multi-task property and system responsiveness. The more ram size is, the more applications and worksheets can be opened at a time, without influencing the speed of the system responsiveness.

Having gained insight into the Performance, you should also determine how you are going to use it. If you are eager to connect it to your TV to extend its functionality or use it as the full replacement of home stationary PC, you should pay attention to such feature like Form Factor. Among Chromeboxes the following Form Factors are spread: mini PC and All-in-one. Mini PCs distinguish themselves by a very compact size. They can be used as portable computers, as well as for TV connection. Despite their small size, they have everything for the appropriate comfortable work, including both USB and HDMI ports, as well as Display Port for the connection to the output devices. When talking about "All-in-one", we should note that the device unifies the monitor, system unit and input devices.

Such devices may be used as the appropriate replacement of a home computer. You should also pay attention to such a parameter like Extras. This parameter contains everything that the device makes unique and peculiar. The additional kit may be included here (the branded keyboard and a mouse), or the availability of the sensor display and web camera.  

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Acer CXI2-4GKM

Performance

Beyond any doubts, this chromebox offers you the most productive work among the suggested devices in this review. You are going to be pleased with the effective chromebox, considering how ideally the multi-tasks are performed simultaneously. The processor type is Intel Core i3-3205U Processor 1.5 GHz which is powerful to such an extent, due to Hyperthreading technology. It provides each processor core with the possibility to work flawlessly on several tasks at the same time. Moreover, the ram memory size is rather decent - it comprises 4 Gb of the Standard Memory DDR3 (RAM).

Form Factor

Mini PC takes almost no place at all, which is extremely convenient for the efficient organizing of your working and lounging space. Moreover, in case you need to connect to certain devices which require wires - four contemporary 3.0 USB ports are available for this purpose. Admirers of high-quality picture resolution are going to highly appreciate the opportunity to watch movies at the top level, having connected the screen you choose to the HDMI port. You have a chance to connect to any, even extra large display to enjoy super quality videos and images.

Extras

No extra cost is needed as this chromebox is bundled with the mouse and keyboard. The devices are already included in the kit, so there’s no problem at all to conveniently connect to mini PC. So you can connect the chromebox to your TV or any other compatible monitor available and start watching your favorite videos or browsing on the web straightaway. It makes the device a perfect tool for the extension of TV functionality. 


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Lenovo ThinkCentre

Performance

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox includes a dual-core Intel Celeron 3205U processor with 2MB of cache and is able to perform all kinds of operations! The 4 GB DDR3 RAM will process all your information really fast. Such power would be a blessing for any person who likes to keep many Chrome tabs open simultaneously. Also, the manufacturer offers a 2 GB RAM option, you can find it just by clicking the link.

Form Factor

The form-factor of this Chromebox is a MiniPC, meaning it is quite compact and can be placed conveniently on your desk. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports for connection of several external devices. The manufacturer has decided to skip on the embedded speakers and to provide the standard audio jack which can be used for connection of external speakers or headphones. With both HDMI and Display ports, you will easily attach it to any TV or monitor. There is also an embedded Wi-Fi antenna that amplifies the signal, making a good addition to the device.

Extras

The scope of supply for this Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox includes a keyboard and a mouse. Owing to this, you will only need to connect it to the TV set or a monitor to start using it. With the 23" Lenovo Thinkvision monitor on a special platform, this Chrome desktop can be even transformed into the All-in-One device. And when you need to take the Chromebox PC with you, just plug it out of the monitor and be on-the-go! Simple!

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ASUS M004U

Performance

This ram memory size (2Gb of 1600MHz DDR 3 RAM) is enough for light computing and main family needs while browsing the web. It’s a good solution for the whole family, whether you expect to watch videos or pictures, work in the Google Drive and so on. The processor (1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U) is well-known for its reliability and long-term service. That means that you may open many files and applications at the same time, work on them simultaneously and flawlessly.

Form Factor

The mini PC solution gives you more choice in terms of monitor and speakers. So you can select any proper device you like, be it a really large monitor and super-powerful speakers or humble screen and speakers. Everything to your liking. All the necessary ports are included. So the beauty of this device is the actual ability to have a compact item for quick web browsing opportunity for the whole family.

Extras

The item is so popular in terms of family desktop solution because it provides a convenient feature of the parental controls with personalized access. So now you can control the videos and pictures, watched on the web. Great device for social networking services, online entertainment, Youtube and so on. You have the opportunity to have safe browsing on the web. Moreover, you can watch your favorite pages quickly and effortlessly. Besides, you are able to connect the chromebox to two monitors, when needed.


ASUS M004U
ASUS M004U
 

HP CB-01-014

Performance

The ram memory (DDR3 RAM, 2Gb) in this Chrome desktop is not huge, however, pretty decent in terms of place for the processor (Intel Celeron 2955U) to perform the required information processing. In other words, you can work in several files or relatively big programs at the same time without slowing the system .

Form Factor

Not only this mini PC contains the necessary ports, but it also contains the SD card reader in the media multi-format. That means that you can work with various types of SD cards in order to process the necessary information from them. So it’s very convenient to have the access to the information of many card types. Moreover, you can place this info to your Google cloud storage so that to have a chance to browse the info from the virtual storage wherever you are.

Extras

The cooling system is quiet and efficient. Both this mini PC is compact and it is available in several colors (white, ocean turquoise). Customers who tend to follow new trends are going to appreciate the desktop with Chrome OS. The industrial design is certainly attractive and it will be a great acquisition for people who care about beautiful overall room design. Among the mini PC solutions in this review, this particular model probably has the most appealing design, according to the opinion of many customers.


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ASUS CS10

Performance

Despite being quite tiny, this Asus Chromebox has really high performance. Its quad-core Rockchip RK3288C processor that features a 1.8 GHz clock frequency makes it so. Then, add here a quad-core Mali-T624 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Summarizing all that, at the output, you will receive a highly powerful device that performs all and every operation without so much as a halt. Even a 1080p video will run smoothly when you use this wonderful desktop with Chrome OS.

Form Factor

Asus CHROMEBIT CS10 is a wonderful MiniPC that looks like a stick. It is unbelievably compact. To start using this tiny Chromebox PC, you only have to plug it into any of your devices featuring the HDMI output. There is also a USB port for a wired connection, so you can attach any external device via it. And if you need more devices connected, you can always use either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0. Great buy!

Extras

When you purchase this CHROMEBIT CS10, you additionally get 100 GB of Cloud storage for free. And this bonus is valid for two whole years from the day you activated it! Also, this Google Chromebox comes with the extension cable so that you could plug it even in some hard-to-reach places. The manufacturer offers an option of the device with a wireless keyboard. The said keyboard is equipped with a touchpad for more comfortable operation. Taking the smallest efforts, you can join this Chromebox PC with any HDMI monitor or TV set and enjoy your favorite movies and the Internet content together with your near and dear ones.

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