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ASUS Chromebox M004U

We have collected and analysed 8 expert reviews and 1297 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 75/100 and users rate it 89/100. The average review date is 18-02-2015. We have compared these reviews to 321453 reviews from other Desktop Computers. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: 15-12-2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for ASUS Chromebox M004U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1202 user reviews of ASUS Chromebox M004U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and size are generally positive. The reliability and price also get good comments.

usability, price, reliability, size, design

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U DesktopASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop

Dec, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Asus Chromebox M004U

 

The Asus Chromebox M004U is a great alternative to buying yet another cheap Windows desktop and a steal for the price.

Inexpensive. Compact. Quick booting and loading. Full desktop-class browser. Lots of USB ports, HDMI, DisplayPort. Syncs bookmarks and settings via Google. Few malware worries.

Only 16GB local storage. Keyboard and mouse not standard.

The Asus Chromebox M004U is certainly a better system than the only other Chromebox we've reviewed, the pricey Samsung Series 3 Chromebox (XE300M22). The Chromebox M004U offers faster USB ports, a newer Celeron processor, HDMI, and a more compact...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Asus Chromebox

 

The key benefits for Chromeboxes and their mobile counterparts, Chromebooks , are that they boot in seconds; they have built-in virus protection that's automatically updated, as is the whole OS; they're secure and can easily be managed; and there is an...

The Asus Chromebox puts the Cloud-based world of Google's Chrome OS into a compact, attractive black box. For its low starting price, you get a decent performance for everyday tasks and a good assortment of ports and connections.

You need to supply your own keyboard and mouse, which might not be as easy as it sounds. Only 16GB of storage might turn off some potential users, while power users will want to step up to the Core i3 version.

If you're looking to get started in the world of Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a very good starting point--so long as you don't mind bringing your own peripherals.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Mark Hachman (pcworld.com)

Asus Chromebox M004U review: Web-based life in desktop form, just add peripherals

 

This vehicle for web-based browsing, streaming, and computing can take a bigger display, a mouse and a keyboard—or slip into your media center.

Good-enough performance ; Four USB 3.0 ports ; Compact design, plus mounting bracket

Desktop design ; The Web, but little else

Although its lack of portability is a bit antiquated, the M004U's performance is perfectly adequate to the task at hand: surfing the Web for less.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

ASUS Chromebox Review

 

I see a lot of potential in Google's Chrome OS. Even today, I have no issues recommending the platform to friends and family with basic computing needs but who want something more traditional than a smartphone or tablet.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I’m a fan of Chrome OS. The OS isn’t flexible enough to function as a replacement for my needs, but for someone who basically needs a terminal to Gmail, Facebook and the internet in general - Chrome OS...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : consumersearch.com (consumersearch.com)

Asus Chromebox M004U

 

The good news is that most users report that it's compatible with a wide variety of wireless and wired peripherals. The other issue is that at the time of this report, retail availability remains scarce. It's still back-ordered at many sellers, and...

Very inexpensive, Suitable for the way many people use their home computers, Easy to use, once you get used to Chrome, Viruses and other malware not an issue, for now

Will only run programs and apps designed for the Chrome OS, Works best with a solid Internet connection

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

Compact, quiet, and cheap, Chrome OS is simple to use and malware-averse, Good selection of ports

Limited local storage, Chrome OS still isn't as versatile as Windows or OS X, Users who open lots of browser tabs will want more RAM

Again, we'd like to see 4GB of RAM come standard, but as long as you keep your open browser tabs in check, 2GB should be fine for most users. And if it isn't, adding an extra memory module is quite easy and shouldn't add significantly to the price.

Mar, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Ok for what it does, but artificial limits.

 

Fast enough. Does web browsing well. Price. keyboard, mouse, monitor, all work fine.

The biggest problem is that it forces you to have a Google/Gmail account. I got this for my grandmother who uses it exclusively for her Yahoo e-mail. Something happened to the automatic log in and it started asking her for her password again (after I...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

nice Kodi

 

nice streaming box. will use this to make an Ubuntu Kodi box.

none

Apr, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great product, easy to set up and easy to move

 

I recommend that Chromebox, be sure is watch you need and enjoy!

Great controls, fast to drive, best to personal use or simply to stream on your tv. Use a wireless keyboard and All is done!!!

Interface like a tablet so you have to upload apps not downloading files. Limited uses

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great for the price

 

For a living room computer that you can surf the internet on, this is pretty good for the money but I wish it was a little more powerful and would pay $50 more. I would also pay $100+ more for dual monitors. If you are running 10 tabs with Youtube...

- Great value

- Would pay more for faster model

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis Type:0.6L sized PC
Colour of product:Black

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics

Memory

Internal Memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1600

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

Display included:N

Performance

Product Type:Mini PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:Y
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y
Number of SATA III connectors:2
Total number of SATA connectors:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

Power Supply:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x2, 1x4, 4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:1.4
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:2955U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel FDI Technology:N
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™:N
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® OS Guard:N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
Processor ARK ID:75608
Processor code:SR16Y
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
UART:Y

Software

Operating system installed:Chrome OS

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Solid-state drive capacity:16
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:16

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:124
Height :41.9
Weight:600
Width:124