Best Chromeboxes

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 20, 2019
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
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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
FORM FACTOR

Mini Tower

PROCESSOR

Intel Core i3-4030U Processor 1.9 GHz

RAM

4GB DDR3

STORAGE

16 GB SSD

INTERFACES

4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Display Port, 1x 3.5mm Jack, 1x SD Card Reader, 1x Ethernet

EXTRAS
Keyboard and mouse are included
WARRANTY

1 year parts and labor limited warranty

PROS

This Chromebox can be simultaneously connected to two monitors via HDMI and USB Type-C ports, which make it possible to multitask.

CONS

Some users report issues with connecting a mouse.

OUR VERDICT

The ASUS Chromebox 3-N017U is a compact yet functional computer with Chrome OS. It has a full set of necessary interfaces, an up-to-date Intel processor, and 4GB of RAM for high performance.

detailed parameters
FORM FACTOR

Mini PC Box

PROCESSOR

Intel Celeron 3865U processor 1.8 GHz

RAM

4GB DDR4

STORAGE

32 GB SSD

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort over Type-C, 2x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1

EXTRAS

Built-In Security Features, Google Play Store Apps, Power-Delivery Technology, Dual Display Productivity in 4K UHD

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

The possibility to create several accounts allows every member of the family to have their own without mixing apps and documents with other members.

CONS

Sometimes there can be response lags.

OUR VERDICT

The ASUS G095U is quite simple to operate, enough so that kids can use it as well as adults. It will provide you with access to popular apps and online resources while protecting you from malware. 

detailed parameters
FORM FACTOR

Mini PC Box 

PROCESSOR

Intel Celeron 3215U Processor 1.7 GHz

RAM

4GB DDR3

STORAGE

16 GB SSD

INTERFACES

1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Mini Jack 3.5

EXTRAS

Integrated virus and malware protection, Feature-enhancing updates

WARRANTY

3 years

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
FORM FACTOR

Mini PC Stick

PROCESSOR

Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288C Processor, 1.8 GHz 

RAM

2GB DDR3

STORAGE

16 GB Flash Memory SSD

INTERFACES

1x USB 2.0

EXTRAS
Compact candy bar-sized design, 100GB of free Google Drive space
WARRANTY

3 years

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
FORM FACTOR

Mini PC Box

PROCESSOR

Intel Celeron 2955U Processor 1.4 GHz

RAM

2GB DDR3

STORAGE

16 GB SSD

INTERFACES

4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Display port, 1x Mini Jack 3.5

EXTRAS

Quiet, efficient cooling system, Low heat emission during operation

WARRANTY

Limited 1 year

Acer CXI2-4GKM

Slim Tower on Your Desk

Beyond any doubts, this Chromebox offers you the most productive work among the suggested devices on the market. You are going to be pleased with the effective Chromebox, considering how well the multiple tasks are performed even when launched simultaneously. The processor here is the Intel Core i3-3205U with a clocking speed of 1.5 GHz, which is pretty powerful. This was achieved thanks to the Hyperthreading technology, it provides each processor core with the ability to work flawlessly on several tasks at the same time. Moreover, the RAM memory size is rather decent - it contains 4 GB of the Standard Memory DDR3 (RAM). While DDR4 is a slightly better choice but it is still rarely found in Chromeboxes so DDR3 is a good choice for this device, in our opinion.

This Mini PC takes almost no place at all, which is extremely convenient for the efficient organizing of your working and lounging space. It is a tower, not a box, meaning you place it vertically. Therefore, the desk space it requires is barely any. The stylish black housing looks pretty nice next to your monitor or TV set, it will blend with most room interiors flawlessly.

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Ultimate Connectivity

In case you need to connect any external devices that require wires - it's the easiest thing ever. Like with a desktop, four up-to-date 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 Chromebox via either the HDMI or DisplayPort. You have a chance to connect to any, even extra large display to enjoy superb quality videos and images.

Besides the pretty natural USB and HDMI / DisplayPort interfaces, this Chromebox has an SD card reader and a 3.5mm Jach to connect your headphones. Those are two more features that prove this is the next best thing after a full-size desktop PC.

No extra expenses are needed on peripherals, too, as this Chromebox is bundled with the mouse-and-keyboard set. The devices are already included in the kit, so there’s no problem at all to conveniently connect them to your mini PC and start working right away. The only thing you need is a display. You can connect the Chromebox to your TV or any other compatible monitor available and start watching your favorite videos or browsing the web straight away. It makes the device a perfect item to use as the extension of TV functionality.

Acer CXI2-4GKM Chromebox in the use

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What customers say about this product

Processor

As for the device. It's as fast as you'd expect a Chromebox with 2GB of RAM, even with a Celeron cpu. It turns on in literally 3 seconds and all the way to the internet in as fast as I can type my password.

Features

Up to now it fullfil my expectations, it starts up quickly, chrome apps run smoothly, and it is so quiet.

Connectivity

I connected it to my TV (via the HDMI port), to a wireless mouse/keyboard (via the USB), and sometimes paired it with my wireless headphones (via bluetooth) when I don't want to be too loud. Everything I do is online anyway, so this is a GREAT product!

Memory

I was nervous about the 2GB of ram situation, but ChromeOS seems to be very light and capable. Definitely happy with my purchase. Would recommend to anyone needing a fast straightforward desktop PC.
 

ASUS N017U

A Lot of Storage

The most prominent characteristic of the ASUS Chromebox is that it has 32GB of built-in SSD storage. This space will allow for storing all your documents and images, and even a selection of movies, though not too many. It is also one of the bigger storage options on the market.

The RAM of this model is equally good for a Chromebox. While it is no match for a full-sized laptop and, of course, a PC, the 4GB DDR4 RAM is on par with most top-shelf Chromebooks. Well, a Chromebox is a Chromebook, after all, just without the display and, hence, cheaper and even more portable.

This ASUS Chromebox model is built based on the Intel Celeron 3865U processor. The reason for that is that Celeron CPUs are a tad cheaper than Intel Core options yet offer the performance good enough for most tasks you can complete on a Chrome OS. The 3865U has a clocking speed of 1.8GHz, not too far from that of the Intel Core i3-4030U CPU featured in the Acer Tower Chromebox, for example. 

As it uses the Chrome OS, this Chromebox can obviously work with Google Play Store apps for Chrome OS but there is the support for a variety of Android apps as well so chances are you'll have a selection of games you play on your Android-based phone to be installed and played on a large monitor connected to this little Chome OS box.

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High-Quality Image, Less Clutter

Talking about monitors, the ASUS Chromebox 3-N017U supports dual monitor system and 4K UHD video. This means higher productivity if you are using the device for work and better image quality if you wish to watch a movie or play a game on a large screen. With a decent RAM and processor as well as likable storage space, the latter is more than possible. And all that performance still fits in your backpack nicely, a mini PC box is a compact yet high-quality solution to the portability-vs-performance problem.

This model has all necessary ports for comfortable use without many adaptors: an HDMI and a DisplayPort over Type-C to connect to TVs and monitors, a couple USB 2.0, and three high-speed USB 3.1 Gen 1 interfaces. Furthermore, to eliminate excessive clutter on your desk, the USB ports can be used to charge your gadgets, and Type-C is suitable to powering the Chromebox itself from a connected monitor or other devices.

The ASUS Chromebox 3 Series includes a family of similar devices, the 3-N017U being the basic and cheapest among them. If you are prepared to pay a bit more, you can have 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i3 or even i7 CPU, and Intel HD Graphics 620 (the 3-N017U has Intel HD Graphics 610). 

ASUS N017U CHROMEBOX 3 in the use

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ASUS G095U

Flexible Mounting

If you find yourself extremely low on desk space but still wish to have a tad more than a stick PC can offer performance-wise, this Chromebox model is a good choice as you can not only set it on the desk but also mount it on the wall or at the back of your monitor via VESA mounts with which this PC box is compatible; a mounting bracket, VESA mount, and screw pin hardware come with the purchase. It is a neat option for anyone lacking extra space, which, let’s face it, most of those who go for Chromeboxes instead of laptops and full-size PCs.

As for the said performance, this Chrome OS PC box is equipped with an Intel Celeron 3215U Processor; its top clocking speed is 1.7GHz. It is not very high a speed, though not the slowest either. The processor is good enough to support multiple monitors (a Dual Monitor mode when you use both HDMI and DisplayPort simultaneously). In the same way, you can launch several apps at the same time.

The ASUS G095U features a 4GB RAM and 16GB SSD for storage. These numbers are the middle ground for a device like this, making it affordable enough for most potential users without risking poor performance. 16GB is ample space for documents and files, some music, and a couple of movies. The RAM, coupled with a CPU, can easily work with the dual monitor system and run apps with little to no lagging. Furthermore, this Chromebox boots up instantly, a feature that can be pretty important at times; besides, no one likes long booting, it stresses us all out of our minds.

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Simple and Versatile

Besides the aforementioned HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces, here you will have four USB 3.0 ports, a multimedia card slot (labeled MMC SD), an Ethernet input, and a 3.5mm combo jack for a headset. Seeing as it is a Chrome OS-based device, it has all the benefits this system can offer, including supreme malware protection. Setting up the box is as easy as it can be, you just plug it in your monitor or TV, add the peripherals (as in, mouse, keyboard, and headset, if needed), and connect it to either Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. After that, it’s just logging in to your Google account and you’re ready to go surf the Internet. It’s basically plug-and-play.

Seeing as it is an ASUS PC box, you can rest assured regarding its quality. ASUS is one of the leaders on the computer market and a company acknowledged for their products quality. They even back up the quality claims with a 3-year warranty, which is longer than most competitor manufacturers.

ASUS G095U CHROMEBOX 2 in the use

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ASUS Chromebit (K035C)

Ultimate Compactness

Now, this Chromebox is for those who really lack space on their desk. Or, alternatively, for those who would like to carry their PC in a pocket everywhere they go. Being only 4.8” long, it is just a little bigger in size than a traditional USB flash drive. And it looks similar, too: the ASUS Chromebit CS10 is a Mini PC that looks like a stick, it is unbelievably compact.

For a computer this small, the Asus Chromebit offers some really high performance, its quad-core Rockchip RK3288C processor that features a 1.8 GHz clock frequency makes sure it is so. Then, add here a quad-core Mali-T624 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Summarizing all that, at the output, you will receive a decently powerful device that performs all and every operation without so much as a stutter. Even a 1080p video will run smoothly when you use this desktop with Chrome OS. And all that in a pocket-friendly size.

When you purchase this Chromebit CS10, you get all the benefits of the Chrome OS, including fast operation, simple use, dedicated app, and, of course, top-level anti-malware protection. As an extra, you will also obtain 100GB of Google Cloud storage for free. And this bonus is valid for two whole years from the day you activated it.

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Plug-and-Play

To start using this tiny Chromebox PC, you only have to plug it into any of your devices that have an HDMI output. The device comes with a 1-foot extension cable for the HDMI so that you could plug it even in some hard-to-reach places. Taking the smallest efforts, you can join this Chromebox PC with any HDMI monitor or TV set and turn them into a full-fledged personal computer. You can enjoy your favorite movies together with your near and dear ones, surf the Internet, and work with documents just fine. The Google Chrome Store offers a number of useful apps for just about any purpose; there are also games for when you need to take a break.

There is also a USB port so you can attach an external device like a keyboard or a mouse. However, due to the size restrictions, there is only one such port and if you need both a mouse and a keyboard, we recommend going for a Bluetooth connection with at least one of them if not both. When you need more devices connected, you can always use either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0.

For anyone looking for a highly compact device that will still be an actual computer with all the perks of one, this Chromebox PC Stick is a great buy, really. Plus, it’s really cheap for a PC, under $100.

ASUS Chromebit (K035C) with RockChip in the use

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What customers say about this product

Processor

Actually no problems for streaming live TV or Youtube. I have configured the devices for a full HD displaying and that runs pretty well.

Memory

The ARM processor (RK3288) is exactly the same as in my Asus Chromebook Flip. Same clock speed (1.8Ghz) but with only 2GB ram instead of 4GB. Keep your tabs at 8 or below and you'll be running smoothly.

Features

It has a kiosk feature available as a free app, which people in sports bars are going to love. You can wirelessly update information to the screen and it'll keep playing it on any dumb flat screen with an HDMI port.

Connectivity

The only physical ports are HDMI and USB
 

HP CB-01-014

Stylish PC Box

The RAM in this HP Chromebox is not huge, only 2GB of DDR3 RAM. However, it is pretty satisfactory for the processor (Intel Celeron 2955U) to perform any required tasks. You can work in several files or relatively demanding programs at the same time without having the system slow down and lag.

Not only this mini PC contains all the necessary ports, including four USB 3.0, an HDMI, and a DisplayPort, but it also contains a 3-in-1 SD card reader. That means you can work with various types of SD cards in case you need to process any necessary information. It’s very convenient to have access to the information on several card types. As it is a Chrome OS-based PC box, besides memory cards and USB-connected devices, you can also place your data in your Google cloud storage so that to have access to it via the virtual storage regardless of where you are.

The cooling system this model sports is quiet and efficient, the box almost never heats up. The industrial design is certainly attractive and the Chromebox will be a great acquisition for people who care about interior design as the black box blends perfectly with the absolute most room looks. Among the mini PC solutions, this particular model probably has one of the most appealing designs, according to the opinion of many customers.

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Extras

Some additional memory can be installed if you need. 

There is an Ethernet port and a 3.5mm combo jack included as well, for you to connect external speakers or a headset with a mic (combined since there is a single input). 

HP CB-01-014 Dual-Core Processor in the use

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What customers say about this product

Processor

I can cast 4K video to my TV without a problem.

Memory

Use this every day, Have hooked up to my TV. Great for Netflix, you-tube and Amazon streaming service.

Connectivity

I also have a Logitech sound system plugged into the headphone jack and a USB microsoft lifecam.
 

What Is a Chromebox?

Chromeboxes are small but multi-functional mini-PCs based on the Google Chrome operating system and they become more and more popular these days precisely thanks to their size and performance. If you have neither space nor particular need for a bulky computer case you can get a Chromebox and simply connect it to your monitor and keyboard-mouse combo. It will take up little to no space and will provide you with most features a regular personal computer offers like browsing, certain apps, and work with documents. There are even some games that were created specifically for Chrome OS-based devices.

The bright peculiarity of these devices, besides compactness, is their quick system responsiveness: the Chrome-based device boots up in the 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 ensures 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

Performance

This feature influences the main functionality of the Chromebox, and what tasks it can solve, as well as the speed the device works at. The following technical parameters will influence the productivity the most: processor and memory size, which is also called RAM memory (random access memory). Let’s look into the matter how the processor and random access devices influence the productivity.

Chromeboxes usually have energy-effective processors built in, which differ significantly from the full-size desktops in terms of moderate power consumption 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 multitasking feature and system responsiveness. The more RAM size the Chromebox has, the more applications and worksheets can be opened simultaneously without influencing the speed of the system responsiveness.

Form Factor and Interfaces

Having gained insight into the Performance, you should also determine how you are going to use your Chromebox. If you are eager to connect it to your TV to extend its functionality or use it as the full replacement of your home desktop PC, you should pay attention to its form factor. Among Chromeboxes, the following form factors are offered: mini PC and All-in-one. Mini PCs are easily identifiable by a very compact size (hence the name). They can be used as portable computers, as well as for TV connection. As for the "All-in-one" Chromeboxes, they are, as the name suggests, basically complete desktop computers but with a smaller main unit, they have monitors and keyboard-mouse combo included.

Despite their small size, Chromeboxes have everything for an appropriate comfortable work, including both USB and HDMI ports, as well as Display Port for connecting to the output devices. Some even offer SD card readers and 3.5mm audio Jack ports, basically everything a desktop offers in the interfaces department.

Extras

Such devices may be used as a proper replacement of a home desktop computer. You should also pay attention to such a parameter like extras. This parameter contains everything that makes the device 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, those the last two are, of course, more All-in-one Chromebox offers.

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