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ASUS has announced a new Chromebox with a fanless design that can be configured with Intel 10th Gen Core or Celeron processors and up to 16 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory. Connectivity comprises Wi-Fi 6, BT 5.0, Gigabit ethernet, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (BC1.2), 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, and 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2. TDP is rated at 65 watts (Celeron) or 90 watts (Core). Internal storage options are a M.2 SATA SSD up to 256 GB.

Original Press Release

ASUS today announced the launch of Fanless Chromebox, the latest ASUS Chrome OS device that features 10th Generation Intel® processors for exceptional performance, USB-C® 3.2 Gen 1 for ultrafast connections and built-in Google Play support for a rich selection of apps for productivity, communication and more that facilitate efficient work for the growing number of businesses and employees that rely upon cloud-based workflows. A tough and versatile aluminum chassis with a fanless design enables smooth and reliable operation in harsh commercial and industrial environments.

Exceptional performance and versatile connectivity

ASUS Fanless Chromebox combines 10th Generation Intel® Core™ or Celeron® processors, up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and up to 256 GB of M.2 SSD storage for fast, smooth performance that is more energy-efficient than ever before. It also comes equipped with a versatile USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port for fast data transfers, power delivery, and DisplayPort functionality. ASUS Fanless Chromebox also supports up to three 4K displays simultaneously for brilliant, sharp visuals and powerful productivity. Intel WiFi 6 connectivity delivers ultrafast network connections and USB 3.2 Type-A ports ensure quick data transfers.

Designed for diverse industrial and commercial use

ASUS Fanless Chromebox delivers powerful performance and features for smooth and reliable operation in a diverse range of industrial and commercial settings. A fanless aluminum chassis stands up to harsh operating environments while providing silent operation and requiring less maintenance than systems with active cooling. Support for an external power-switch cable enables ASUS Fanless Chromebox to be turned on or off easily when placed in difficult-to-reach locations, and an RS232 via RJ50 interface lets users connect legacy monitors and devices. These features make ASUS Fanless Chromebox suitable for a wide range of uses, including digital signage, point-of-sale systems, intelligent vending machines, warehouse workstations, and even factory production lines.

In addition to industrial and commercial use, ASUS Fanless Chromebox makes an ideal desktop-replacement system for cloud workers. With its small size, smooth performance, and a broad selection of apps, ASUS Fanless Chromebox fits anywhere and enables employees to get work done, whether in the office or working remotely at home.

Access to a rich selection of apps for business and cloud workers

Built-in support for Google Play on ASUS Fanless Chromebox provides users with unfettered access to a wide array of apps and content. Access to these apps enables users to easily find their favorite apps and enjoy them with the power of a mini PC, making ASUS Fanless Chromebox perfect for businesses looking for streamlined ways to enhance work efficiency, and cloud workers adapting to different working conditions, including working remotely securely, collaborating digitally and video conferencing smoothly.

Security and reliability

ASUS Fanless Chromebox is designed from the ground up with security in mind. Automatic updates ensure that it always has the latest software and security updates to stay safe from viruses, malware, and other security issues. A lockable VESA mount enables ASUS Fanless Chromebox to be mounted securely in a diverse range of locations — such as on ceilings, walls, or under desks or counters — to fit any business need. Additionally, an exclusive cable lock provides the ability to secure DC-in and HDMI cable connections in commercial settings.

Specifications

¹ Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Fanless Chromebox will be available in North America in early February 2021 for $399 USD. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

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7 Comments

  1. Not quite as cute as the previous square model, but it looks pretty nice.

    I wonder if it can be hacked to boot arbitrary operating systems, like the old one could. This could be a nice little LibreElec (Kodi) box.

    I also facepalm at the use of WiFi on a stationary box. Quit being lazy already and just run an Ethernet cord.

  2. That’s probably as much horsepower and connectivity that a desktop user needs to do your typical office and browsing stuff. Of course only if it can run other operating systems; I like the idea of Chrome OS, but I’d happily run Windows 10 or the distro of the week on it too.
  3. Something like this could be handy in my workshop, should I ever return to a stationary setup for there.
  4. I was kinda wondering about this… since it’s ChromeOS and there are an awful lot of other fanless (ARM) chrome machines out there – exactly what it the market for this one?

    Sure seems like it’s a product Intel paid Asus to make, not one that anyone set out to just go buy.

  5. I was kinda wondering about this… since it’s ChromeOS and there are an awful lot of other fanless (ARM) chrome machines out there – exactly what it the market for this one?

    Sure seems like it’s a product Intel paid Asus to make, not one that anyone set out to just go buy.

    No reason to count Google out of that possibility either.

    And there are plenty of fanless Intel boxes as well, all the way up to quad-core i7 CPUs that I’ve seen. This is perhaps just a sleeker take on those.

  6. The downside is they should push more marketing for it to make a more lasting footprint.

    Little boxes like this certainly have their place.

    I used the previous gen square one hacked to run LibreElec as a HTPC for a while. If they put decent Intel Ethernet controllers (two) of them in there, it could also be a really nice little pfSense box.

    I wonder how much Google subsidizes the price of these due to ChromeOS, because if they were just a general purpose low cost compact PC you could easily install any operating system of your choice on, they would be quite useful.

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