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ASUS Chromebox M004U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1305 reviews of ASUS Chromebox M004U. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the design and reliability are on the whole positive. The size and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, size, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ASUS Chromebox M004U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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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. People really like the design and size. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, reliability, size, design

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

Aug, 2019

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

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