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ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop PC Celeron 2955U (1.4GHz) 2GB DDR3 16GB SSD HDD Google Chrome OS

  • Celeron 2955U (1.4GHz)
  • 2GB DDR3 16GB SSD HDD Capacity
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Without Keyboard and Mouse
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • brian a.
  • 3/18/2015 8:38:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust simple

Pros: Small quiet and performs every thing you expect any chrome device to perform
And dose it onmy 38" tv threw hdmi video and sound

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Came with 1 2gig stick memory so up grading to 4 gig was cheep and easy by just adding 1 2gig stick

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  • Jason E.
  • 3/1/2015 9:30:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's okay, didn't meet expectations.

Pros: I was looking for a light weight desktop PC with little administration required to do some web surfing and check email. This mostly lives up to the task, though I had to upgrade the RAM to 4GB, otherwise there would be delays and stutters when trying to do anything with more than 3-4 tabs open. Everything is snappy now until I get to the 8-10 tab mark.

Cons: Bluetooth. Whenever the unit goes into sleep mode, it has about a 50/50 chance of re-connecting to my bluetooth keyboard. And even when it does re-connect, it often takes about 15-20 seconds to do so. To rule out my keyboard, I hooked up another bluetooth one and had the same experience. I would recommend using this with a USB keyboard instead.

Sound. When playing music on Pandora or Spotify's webplayer, there's often hiccups if I load more than 1-2 more tabs besides the music tab. I suspect this might be due to the celeron processor as I still have plenty of memory avaliable according to the task manager. Also, when the PC goes to sleep, there's a loud bang that comes from the speakers. It sometimes happens when powering off and on as well. I've gotten used to it, but if I have some guests over they often jump.

Other Thoughts: I was torn between this model and the i3 version, however the i3 version was almost $200 more. If you are okay with occasional hiccups and are not a person who keeps dozens of tabs open, go with this version.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear JE,

I certainly understand your concern with regards to the product that you have. I would like to personally assist you about this matter. Kindly email at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150335770 in the subject line for a reference to your case.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Alec M.
  • 2/19/2015 4:15:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome Media Player

Pros: Excellent little PC for a HTPC Media Player. Flashed the firmware and installed OpenELEC with Plex, up and running in no time (literally half an hour). Plays 1080 content over WiFi with 7.1 surround no trouble at all.

Cons: No remote control. Using my phone for now. Have a FLIRC and a FireTV remote on order, so we'll see if either work.

Other Thoughts: Wish it was $150 like it use to be, but overall, I feel good value as a full featured Plex client.

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  • JOSH S.
  • 2/3/2015 9:15:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Digital Signage

Pros: Low cost digital signage controller for use with risevision software. There is a chrome plugin for risevision player, a few tweaks to auto run and you are good to go.

Cons: Seems to be no wake on lan, but that isn't a huge deal for something that can just be left on 24/7

Other Thoughts: Great value, so cheap that you can just buy spares in case you every have hardware issues, no warranty or support needed.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Josh S.,

Thank you for posting a review for the unit. Appreciate that you gave a positive feedback for the unit. We're glad that you love the unit and that it's working properly. If in the future you need assistance with the unit of with any ASUS product please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150213194 in the subject for your case reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing positive customer experience.

Thank you for trusting ASUS.

Best regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/19/2015 7:31:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent lowend HTPC setup/net client

Pros: Low price for a complete package.

Replaceable SSD (m.2 ngff type 2242 max I've seen on these are 256GB).

2x204 SODIMM 1.35v (DDR3L) sockets(MUCH appreciated over the gimped chromebooks with soldered RAM).

Cons: Higher end CPUs increase in cost too much v. the haswell celerons, e.g. the i3-4010U m0075u and the incredibly egregiously overpriced i7 variant.

Other Thoughts: Dual booting chrome os(it's 38.xx while my i3/C720 is 39.xx) and openelec/kodi for now. Planning to replace SSD w/128GB already swapped out the anemic 16GB for the 32GB leftover from my C720 upgrade(128GB - chrooting xfce ubuntu to turn it into a more generally useful notebook).

Chrome os, net client, to me? Meh. Not much use at the end of the day for that, but I'll probably leave a small slice for chrome os which I am betting will never end up being used v. constantly in openelec/kodi, BUT THAT is WHY I purchased this, as a small lightweight HTPC.

(-1 egg was for poor product pricing v. CPU variants although ATM for me the 2955U celery is enough, but I could easily see other needing/wanting what more complete core variants offer at non-ridiculous prices.)

Also, stay away from ARM if they ever offer those unless they're ~$50 and you have low expectations or already know how weak ARM is and poorly supported by linux(blame ARM/SoC mfgs/iGPU licensors for providing limited/shoddy drivers and little/no interest in OSS drivers, but at the end of the day ARM is just a poor CPU design no matter how you slice it.)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Cutterjohn,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150213205 in the subject for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Terrel A.
  • 1/10/2015 8:26:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Box

Pros: I was using my main tower to run as a client for KODI/XBMC in the livingroom. But man oh man, the fans were so loud I would have to crank the volume up just to drown out the jet engine sound.

I replaced my main tower with this chromebox (running OpenELEC) and it went from sounding like a jet engine to sounding more like a purring kitten.

Most importantly, OpenELEC runs very smoothly on this chromebox. I have not had any issues. And once you Google the 'how to instructions' OpenELEC was easy to install as well.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I plan to replace all of my clients with one of these compact, light and quiet chromeboxes.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear TA13,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150146729 in the subject for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • owen k.
  • 1/7/2015 3:45:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: Good so far. Excellent surfing machine.

Cons: -

Other Thoughts: Just wish google would make printing easier on chrome..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Tech Junkie,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150146808 in the subject for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • michael o.
  • 12/31/2014 8:04:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap and works well, fully upgradeable hardware, I bought to replace my 8yr old media PC. Works very well the only disadvantage is no way to get more codecs or a different media player.

Cons: limited codecs, can't set up a network printer with out a PC, power button very difficult to turn on made it so I couldn't mount it on the back of my TV like I wanted to.

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  • brian a.
  • 12/30/2014 7:52:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI got 2 one new and one open box

Pros: very small
has 1 mem stick so adding 1 2gig stick bumps it to 4gig and it helps
very low power requirements
i run as much as i can off of a small off grid solar system so getting the job done with as little power as needed is a consideration for me and this box dose it
because i do like my 38" TV at 1080p used as a screen
in my bedroom for NetFlix and all other on line needs (banking youtube email paying bills and research for kids homework)
this boxe dose it and I also have one of these boxes in living room for family use
this thing sips power compared to even my AMD A6-5400k system that has basic components
i picked up the second one of these as a open box idem for cheep and it will be replacing my AMD 5600k system
and the HDMI works perfect when using the TV sound

Cons: not any
i know what a Chrome Box can and can not do and it fulfills my needs 100%

Other Thoughts: research if this is your first chrome box or chrome book and know what you are buying
the chrome box/chrome book are for 99% web base uses and will do just about any thing on line you need to do
+ if you need It will do some lite office work and text docs
as of right now to my Knowledge the chrome system will not access a DVD with DRM for playing DVD's so if you are looking for a full fledged Media pc a Chrome device may not be for you
but i do use one as a media pc and 99% of all my media pc needs are netflix movies and YouTube and i do have the Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System in living room and i love it
but second box is on TV in bedroom just using TV sound

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  • John C.
  • 12/24/2014 12:22:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Box

Pros: This is a great little box. Boots up in less than 10 seconds and great for surfing the net. I bought two of them and have one hooked to the TV and the other one in my computer room.
The fact that I was able to pick them up for $114 each made this an even better buy. You can upgrade the memory and SSD in this which will make them a great linux machine in the future.

Cons: Have not found any cons yet.

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