We first caught wind of the Asus Chromebox back in September, where at the time all we really knew about the device is that it would run an Intel processor. Months later, Asus has officially taken the wraps off their Chromebox line.
The Asus Chromebox series will come in three models: a entry model with an Intel Celeron 2955, a mid-range model with a Core i3 4010U and a higher-end Core i7 4600u model in selection models. Aside from the difference in processing power, all the models will come with up to 4GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, display ports, SD card slot, and USB 3.0 ports.
Although the idea of a desktop machine that only runs Chrome OS is clearly a niche, there are areas where such a product would make sense, including libraries, schools, homes with basic PC needs, etc. Best of all, the Asus Chromebox line looks to be very affordable, with prices starting at just $179.