ASUS Chromebox Google Chrome OS SFF PC Review - HotHardware

ASUS Chromebox Google Chrome OS SFF PC Review

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Benchmarking the Chromebox is unfortunately limited to tools that can be run within the Chrome browser. However, there are a few net-driven metrics these days that can be used to measure Javascript and HTML processing throughput, as well as graphics and HTML5 media processing capabilities and performance.

Web Rendering, Graphics and Javascript Processing
Browser Graphics and Processing Throughput







The ASUS Chromebox falls in at the top tier of our group of test machines, consisting of both thin and light laptops as well as chromebooks. As you'll note, it's quite a bit faster in most areas versus the Acer C720 Chromebook (powered by a lower-cost Intel Celeron 2955U) but about on par with the Chromebook Pixel (powered by a previous gen Core i5-3427U).





WebVizBench and Mozilla Kraken are slightly more strenuous benchmarks, with the former relying on HTML5 media and graphics performance and the latter comprising audio processing, image filtering, and cryptographic routines driven in Javascript. As you can see, the two Intel Haswell-powered machines do well in the HTML5-powered WebVizBench, while they're not quite as strong as the higher-end clock speeds found in the Chromebook Pixel, Dell Latitude, and Lenovo X1 Carbon notebooks.

Google Octane 2.0
Rendering, Compute and Web Performance
Google describes their Octane 2.0 benchmark as "a modern benchmark that measures a JavaScript engine’s performance by running a suite of tests representative of today’s complex and demanding web applications. Octane‘s goal is to measure the performance of JavaScript code found in large, real-world web applications, running on modern mobile and desktop browsers."





Once again, the ASUS Chromebox makes a strong showing, even edging out the high-end Google Chromebook Pixel.  Suffice it to say that the Chromebox is pretty much up for anything you'd ask for in a class of device like this.

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how much?

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From the first page: $369 - includes wireless keyboard and mouse

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If this could be used for Gaming it would be awesome but ill just use it for drawings on paint or what not just something simple :)

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One word Jeff, Netflix... Amazon Prime Instant and Hulu. OK, that was a lot more than one word. :)

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One word Jeff, Netflix... Amazon Prime Instant and Hulu. OK, that was a lot more than one word. :)

For like $50-100 you could buy a Roku box to do just that. For $369 it needs more oomph, perhaps if it had the power of a complete system built on Intel NUC or Gigabyte Brix @ this pricepoint then we might ooh and ahh.

Weird that the device supports Bluetooth 4.0 yet comes with a proprietary wireless keyboard/mouse combo that requires its own dongle to use up a USB port. They could have built in the dongle or gone with a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse (or for a media center environment a keyboard/trackpad combo would be more ideal)

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Agreed on the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, digitaldd but not sure I agree on the price. This device can do a lot more than a Roku box could ever dream of.

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The question is: can you install Windows on it?

If you can put Windows (or linux) on this thing (after upgrading the SSD), it might just be one of the best deals around

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I haven't found a way to get into the bios to change boot devices but I'm trying. ;) However, the current SSD is only 16GB so it would be pretty tight as well.

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I think these devices are kind of worthless.

my tv and dvd player can do hulu netflicks vudu etc

you can get a dvd player for like $120, much cheaper than this thing

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You don't have full access to Internet media with those devices, Chondro. You also don't have basic compute functionality with them as well and even streaming music services on many of them. I understand your point but they are two different classes of devices and the Chromebox has a much more expanded set of capabilities.

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