Our encounters with Chrome OS are exclusively with the Chomebooks. If you are wondering if Chrome OS will work well as a desktop or set-top-box form factor, you can check out the Asus Chromebox M004U or M075U Desktop. The Asus Chromebox is one of the first Chromeboxes to hit the market but it certainly won’t be the last.
Like the Chromebooks, the Chomeboxes run on Chrome OS. Chrome OS is a Linux kernel-based operating system designed by Google to work primarily with web applications. What this means is that every application (except for a media player and a file manager) that you run on Chrome OS runs as an app on the Chrome web browser. If you currently find yourself using mostly just the web browser while on your computer whether it is for web browsing, social networking, online shopping, email, etc; you may want to consider a Chrome OS based computer.
The Asus Chromebox is of course not as mobile as a Chromebook laptop. But with battery life no longer an issue, the Asus Chromebox packs in either a 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron 2955U Processor (2 GB RAM) or an Intel i3-4010U Processor 1.7 GHz (4 GB RAM) that allows the Chrome OS to really shine in multitasking performance. The Intel i3 Chromebox is even capable of 4K video playback.
One of the true beauty of Chrome OS is boot up takes just seconds. This makes the Asus Chromebox an ideal component in your home theater setup. It measures a compact 1.75 by 5 by 5 inches and wouldn’t look out of place slotted between your other home theater equipment.
The Asus Chromebox comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage. All your data can be be stored on the cloud and can be easily accessible from anywhere and using any internet connected device. The Chromebox comes with a 16 GB solid state drive for storage.