If you’re looking to buy a Chromebox then you may be surprised just how little choice you have. Well, that’s not entirely true as there are a few manufacturers making these devices, but most of them are outdated. That being said, there is one Chromebox you might be interested in and that’s the Asus Chromebox 3.
If you want to know more about the Chromebox and whether it’s right for you, have a read of should I buy a Chromebox. This article looks at the advantages of the Chromebox compared to the more popular Chromebook.
Buying a Chromebox is a lot different from buying a Chromebook. This is because the display is purchased separately. You do get a mouse and keyboard with the device but you can easily replace these if you wish, so you only need to worry about the build quality, processor, RAM and storage. This makes it much easier choosing the best Chromebox available.
WHAT CHROMEBOX SHOULD I BUY
After looking at all the Chromebox devices currently available I’d recommend the Asus Chromebox 3 over any other device available. I have one myself that I use on a daily basis and I did a lot of research before making my choice.
The only other Chromebox that I was interested in was the HP Chromebox G2. I was put off this device because it had sold a lot fewer units than the Asus Chromebox 3. It was also more expensive than the Asus but offered roughly the same specifications. You could argue it looks a little nicer but that’s about it.
The Asus Chromebox 3 was the replacement for the Asus Chromebox 2. If you want to take advantage of Android Apps, then you should avoid the Chromebox 2 because it does not support this.
The Asus Chromebox 3 not only supports Android Apps it also supports Linux Apps. This means you’re buying a device that is future proof.
WHAT ASUS CHROMEBOX 3 SHOULD I BUY
The Asus Chromebox 3 comes with different specifications, so you’ll need to decide what you’ll be using your Chromebox for before making your choice. There is an entry-level using an Intel Celeron processor, mid-range with an Intel i5 processor and high-range with an Intel i7.
What you’ll also see is that the price is dramatically different between these models, so making sure you choose the right one is important. The budget version will cost you around £250/$250, mid-range £550/$550 and high-range can cost £650/$650.
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ASUS CHROMEBOX 3 DEVICE RANGE
If you’re looking for a Chromebox to surf the internet and not much else then the entry-level device will be fine. You’ll also be fine if you want to use most of the Android Apps available. However, the budget version will limit what you can do in the future. Also, this model would struggle with Linux Apps. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The mid-range device is, in my opinion, the best option. This is the device I bought and the Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM is very impressive. It performs better than any desktop PC I’ve ever used. It’s blazingly fast and copes with everything I throw at it. It comes with 128GB of storage, which is more than enough for what you need now and in the future.
The high-end device costs at least £100/$100 more than the mid-range version. It comes with an Intel i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. This provides better specs than the mid-range device. However, the 8th generation i7 is not much faster than the i5. So unless you have money to burn I think you’d be spending money where it’s not necessarily needed.
However, if you’re looking for the most powerful Chromebox you can get your hands on. Then the Asus Chromebox 3, Intel i7 with 16GB of RAM is the one you. This device will cost you around £900/$900, so it’s not cheap but that extra RAM will definitely come in handy for people looking for ultimate power. This will be perfect for people looking for extra RAM for intense image and video editing.
ASUS CHROMEBOX 3 CONNECTIVITY
The Asus Chromebox 3 has excellent connectivity. The front of the device has two USB 3.1 ports, Micro SD slot and headphone jack.
If that’s not enough on the back of the device you get two older USB ports, an extra USB 3.1 and the latest USB Type-C connection. This means you will easily be able to add peripherals such as an external hard disk without any issues.
You also get an HDMI port, so you can easily add an external monitor and the Ethernet port means you can connect your Asus Chromebox 3 directly into your Modem. This comes in really handy if you need a really fast internet connection or your WiFi signal is weak.
If you’re looking to replace a desktop PC then you’ll not go wrong with the Asus Chromebox 3. All the different device variants mean you’ll easily find the device that is right for you.