Asus Chromebox 4 has been unveiled by the company as its new mini PC based on 10th-generation Intel processors. The Chromebox 4 appears quite similar to its predecessor, the Chromebox 3, which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) back in January 2018. However, the new model is an all-new machine internally — with 10th-generation Intel Core and Celeron processor options as well as Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The Chromebox 4 also comes with Google Play support to allow access to Android apps. This is, however, quite common across other Chrome OS devices that support Android apps natively.
Asus says these will deliver “faster, smoother and more energy-efficient performance.”
Asus Chromebox 4 Price
Asus Chromebox 4 price starts at $289 in the US. The device will go on sale in the country in December, though there is no word on its availability in global markets.
Asus Chromebox 4 comes with a range of processor options that begin from Intel Celeron-5205U and go up to Core i7-10510U. There are also 4GB and 8GB DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM versions to choose from. You can pick 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage or go for its 128GB or 256GB M.2 SATA SSD option. The last-generation Chromebox had 8th-generation Intel Core processors, along with 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB RAM options and up to 256GB M.2 SATA SSD.
In terms of wireless connectivity, the new Chromebox comes with Wi-Fi 6 and dual-band Bluetooth 5.0 support. There are also two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, one audio jack at the side, and up to three USB 3.1 Gen 2, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, two HDMI 1, one LAN (RJ45) port at the back. The machine also includes a DC-in port for power and a Kensington lock for physical security.
The Chromebox 4 supports up to three 4K displays. The presence of the USB Type-C port also brings USB Power Delivery and DisplayPort connectivity support. Additionally, there is a VESA mount with a screw-in rubber barrier that lets you attach the Chromebox 4 to a monitor to build a customized all-in-one PC-like experience.
Like other Chrome OS devices, the Chromebox 4 supports Google Play. That means you’ll be able to use Android apps natively on the device. Whether you’ll actually want to do this depends on your workflow — some Android apps run very well on Chrome OS devices, while others are glitchy and useless. Speaking of Chrome OS, you’ll also get automatic software and security updates, so you don’t have to set aside time to download and restart as you would with Windows or Mac machines.
Asus Chromebox 4 measures 148.5×148.5x40mm. This is identical to the Chromebox 3. Both previous and new generation Chromebox models weigh the same, at one kilogram.