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ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop PC Celeron 2955U (1.4GHz) 2GB DDR3 16GB SSD HDD No Screen 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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  • Andrew S.
  • 10/29/2014 1:53:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCute box for Ubuntu

Pros: Well made, near silent under stress, great machine for the price. You can install Ubuntu easily with Chrubuntu (or any Linux OS with more legwork). For linux users looking for a super cheap, tiny, power efficient, and quiet box, it's cool. You can also easily upgrade the RAM and SSD (although it is a tiny card type) if you want.

Cons: Chrome OS (at the time of writing) does NOT support HD playback with Netflix. This also (at the time of writing) applies to the Chrome browser in Linux. I was hoping for essentially a Netflix box with general computing ability. This is something that can be changed very easily by Netflix. When they will make that change, I don't know. When this is resolved, I'll happily buy the next version of this. Sadly, I have to return it because it can't do the main thing I got it for.

Other Thoughts: Chrome OS may have a few uses, but most people buying these will want to put Linux on them. I used Chrubuntu as it allows a FULL Ubuntu install, all automated, while preserving Chrome OS--and allowing me to instantly wipe the machine back to factory default if I wanted to return it, as is sadly the case. I recommend using Chrubuntu to install if you want this ability. If you don't care, you can upgrade the SeaBIOS, remove the write-protect screw, wipe Chrome OS and just use whatever flavor of Linux you like.

Avoid Crouton! Totally worthless!

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  • SHAHID B.
  • 10/28/2014 12:15:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUSB port defective after 1 month

Pros: small footprint, lots of connectivity

Cons: looks like the build quality is not up to par with usb ports failing

Other Thoughts: I bought this after trying to decide after the many models available in this format.

There were a lot of choices when I purchased this and I was happy until the rear upper usb port failed. I thought it was a fluke since I had read about the review posted by JOSEPH M.

I restarted the box and it failed again. So far only one usb port has failed. The other 3 seem to be working for now.......but I just can't put a finger on it as to how long.

This box will be totally useless if the usb ports start to go one by one. So far I have my fingers crossed but for a usb to fail in under one month, make me an unhappy camper.

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  • Craig M.
  • 10/17/2014 11:23:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLook into this before buying.

Pros: Runs great when you have an internet connection.

Cons: If you have an internet connect you cannot rely on or if you wish to use offline apps then this is NOT for you. Google tells me offline apps should work and they don't most of the time. One Google rep said to bring my setup to Starbucks..lol...I thought offline apps meant offline. Plenty of People who bought a Chromebox or Chromebook seem to complain about this issue too....look into it. I wanted to put Linux on it but both Asus & Chromebox says it is not supported....keep getting conflicting information....Not happy...I should add that this is not a Newegg issue. I wish I looked into this more before buying.

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  • Bryan S.
  • 10/12/2014 7:28:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Impressive

Pros: Fast and dependable. Minimal virus concerns.

Cons: Limited capabilities. Takes some effort to learn a different system, but not too difficult.

Other Thoughts: For general computer use like web surfing and typing documents & spreadsheets, this is great. For gamers and those dependent on downloaded programs this isn't what you need.

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  • David M.
  • 10/10/2014 6:54:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnderpowered

Pros: Box is a a nice small size.

Cons: This chromebox is under-powered. There is lag opening a browser window/chrome! Web pages load slow. I have it right next to my PC and things take a lot longer on the chromebox.

The security settings are lacking. I tried to setup a user for my son, but since Chrome extensions that I install as admin do not run as other users ad block and such do not function.

no DVI output.

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  • scott c.
  • 9/30/2014 5:16:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Decent CPU/GPU, better than the Atom Celerons
Pretty good wifi and bt
Ram, case, PSU and boot drive included.
Solid HTPC base

Cons: The PSU is a hulky, popout-plug type unit thing that plugs directly into the wall. I'd have preferred a laptop style PSU with IEC pigtail.

Other Thoughts: This is about the best all in one openelec box you can buy at the price. Easy install, high WAF and everything runs fast and smooth. My RasPi's are going out to greener pastures, like monitoring temperature and taking time-lapse nature photos.

If you experience some tearing in openelec try fiddling with the video synch settings. I can't recommend settings because they were different on the four displays I tested, but the results were all the same.

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  • bryce b.
  • 9/29/2014 1:21:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdarn nice

Pros: very small box very low power consumption
fast boot up and Chrome OS is very tight and clean
came with 1 2gig memory stick and 1 empty slot so
$21.99 and I now have 4 gig memory
very little lag if any ever
and the price for a box you can do any thing you need to do

Cons: not realy a con because I knew it going in but looks like can can not play dvd, s even with ext usb dvd drive because of licensing conflicts
and to my knowledge Google will not allow the installation of third party programs allowing for licensed content play back

Other Thoughts: but for my family we watch netflix and every now and then rent a show threw youtube and for us this box on my 42" tv is a fantastic media system
with the Corsair 2.1 sound system movies sound grate

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  • Richard B.
  • 9/27/2014 11:34:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: It works as supposed.

Cons: It kept changing the display size after I had set it in the chrome computer, I ended up changing it on the TV.

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  • Louis R.
  • 9/11/2014 4:31:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeats the competition

Pros: Build quality is better than the similarly spec'd HP version.

Cons: It's a little bigger/chunkier than the HP version.
Printing in ChromeOS can be painful if you don't have a PC to setup Cloud Print with your old printer.

Other Thoughts: I bought the HP brand Chromebox first and got burnt by HP's poor quality control (it died in 2 hours). After the RMA I bought this ASUS brand Chromebox and wish I spent the extra $10 in the first place.

It costs a little more but it will actually work.

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  • Angela C.
  • 7/25/2014 3:39:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Dev Machine

Pros: It's fast, focused and is perfect as an internet-only device or for web application developer. I'm a node.js developer and use c9.io on this device for all my development. It works flawlessly. Especially with the 16gb RAM upgrade I gave it.

Cons: I wish the location of the sd card port and usb ports was revamped. This device would be best with power port located in a different place given the sd port location.

Other Thoughts: I got this with the 21.5" LED Monitor combo and logitech keyboard/mouse wireless combo. LED is awesome. HDMI to HDMI. I use Bluetooth 4.0 wireless headphones (MEElectronics) and am acquiring a bluetooth speaker bar for use without headphones (for movies because its good for that, too). Given how much I loved this device, I intend to purchase the Samsung Chromebook 2 13" for developing on the go and when i head to the office.

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