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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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  • 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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  • Paul N.
  • 12/13/2014 4:39:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Cheap, boots fast does everything a little chrome box should do.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Works great to turn your tv into a browser/ extra kid computer/ youtube etc. very happy with this.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer

It's good to know that you are happy with the product. Also, we thank you for the time and effort for giving this unit a feedback. If you have any other concern or issue that you might encounterplease feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N141258661 in the subject line for a reference to your case.

Regards,

Manuel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Karl L.
  • 12/4/2014 4:06:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible HTPC

Pros: Sips power through a straw
Powerful graphics card handles MKV, MP4 and BluRay with ease
GigE streams local content quickly and easily
Integrated Bluetooth easily enables keyboards, mice and remotes

Cons: Not 100% fanless (but awfully quiet!!)
Lacks SPDIF; only delivers analog audio through headphone jack
USB 3.0 ports means some USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices need not apply....

Other Thoughts: I have a pair of book-sized HTPCs, one on an AMD E450 and one on Cubox i-series. The AMD HTPC runs Windows and handles video well, but takes too much (Windows 7) maintenance. The Cubox handles most video well, but was extremely difficult to customize. I wanted an HTPC that could run a simplified OS, didn't require a ton of work to maintain and could handle any variety of MKV, MP4 and streaming web content.
I am extremely pleased at the performance and versatility of the ASUS Chromebox. I installed OpenELEC in less than 5 minutes, and had XBMC indexing the content on my NAS almost immediately. It easily plays 1080 MKV from my NAS via GigE with no issues. YouTube and other streaming content plays smoothly.

It was nice to see the WiFi and Bluetooth worked out of the box, both on ChromeOS (before I flashed it) and on OpenELEC. It make setting up the HTPC in my living room a breeze, so I can use my Harmony remote, in conjunction with an older Microsoft eHome IR receiver. You can buy a Rosewill remote on Newegg for little or no cost, and put together an incredible HTPC setup.

The USB 3.0 ports support many USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices, but I was unable to get an old set of USB 1.1 gaming pads to work, as well as a USB 2.0 home automation interface (to control a light system). Most recent USB peripherals should work, but you'll want a backup plan. Similarly, if you only have SPDIF optical for your stereo receiver, you'll need a workaround there. The ASUS Chromebox lacks SPDIF, so you'll need to rely on HDMI for audio. I bought an HDMI to SPDIF audio converter, so I will see how that works shortly.

The unit is not fanless, but I could only drive enough to spin up the fan while playing a 1080 movie, and then it come on intermittently over the course of the movie. If I sat more than 3ft from the Chromebox, I could not hear the fan at all.

I intend to replace all of my HTPCs with Chromebox as my budget allows!

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  • Luis R.
  • 11/29/2014 8:51:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat computer

Pros: -Price
-Speed
-ease of use and setup

Cons: -non so far

Other Thoughts: It's only day 1 but this thing is lightning fast and serves it's purpose. We needed a small, fast, and secure(non virus prone) computer for my mother. She just surfs the web and plays her games on facebook so anything else would have been overkill. If this is all you need to do than this would be the perfect setup. We had bought her a samsung chromebook when they first launched and it served her well until she stepped on it and after several "bargain" computers we came back to the chrome based computer due to its ease of use. I could not recommend this thing enough for those that spend most of their time on the web or do not have the capacity to use "full fledged" OS's.

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  • Joseph L.
  • 11/19/2014 3:55:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Kodi/XBMC set top box

Pros: Haswell-based, seems to work well playing everything stored on our cheap file server, including Blu-Ray folders, full 1080P mkv (with full HD sound) via HDMI using OpenElec. Also, using UPnP (DLNA) allows all our TV's using the newer Roku devices to play most of our library as well - Roku plays mp4,mkv media, not vob, m2ts etc.

Cons: None so far, well maybe the little sticky feet you must remove to acess the screws to get inside would stick to everything and the ON/OFF switch is hard to find the first time

Other Thoughts: The kodi.wiki (Google search asus chromebox xbmc ) has a section detailing installation of Kodi/XBMC which went well for me using the Openelec with NO dual Boot option. Afterwards, I did run into a problem with the UPnP that was solved by selecting "wait for network before starting XBMC setting"

I thought I would need a NUC but the Asus Chromebox does what I need now and a lot cheaper

Youtube has several how to videos on upgrading the Asus Chromebox, including the ASUS PCDIY channel

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  • Social P.
  • 11/17/2014 2:40:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Good..for what it's made for!

Pros: Bought this for a trio of 10 and under users to take advantage of a family room LCD, take a real keyboard and have some real time capacity to monitor what they are doing online from another machine.

What's it good at? Getting to the login screen FAST. Pairing with whatever devices you throw at it. (connected to two screens, both older, were recognized correctly the first time and does the handshake without flaw every time), took an apple bluetooth keyboard with no dancing and even an old microsoft bluetooth optical mouse, right out of the box. Connected to my home wi-fi quickly and remembered it. The only knock there is an odd delay once you login for about 4-6 seconds before ready to use. The only device it wouldn't connect with is an oddball brand bluetooth headset, as I suspect drivers aren't there from that manufacturer. Otherwise, after initial setup, you're looking at just a power cord and video cord as the only extra wires for the most common uses for light to medium pc users these days, internet and word processing.

Low power, setting up the parental monitoring/search settings worked fine (although Google should really spend a few minutes to clean that up and make it more intuitive/easier to locate) and the built in graphic capabilities work very well.

Youtube is far quicker than an I5 machine on the same network, as you'd expect Chrome to be optimized for. Netflix is a little gaggy, hulu looks good after it stabilizes as does other streaming from xfinity.

For the price, as a second (third, sixth..whatever) box in your home and considering the lack of need for inhouse (you) tech support, I call this box a win!

Cons: wifi lag after sign in. Apps from Android really need to be available in Chrome already..get on that Google. Audio volume is lower than other devices from Asus like the Oplay. Netflix doesn't function all that great (watchable, but should be better) and parental settings should be easier to setup in Chrome.

Printing could be a pig if you don't have a cloud capable printer. they really should add support for local network printers.

The soft touch lever power button is poor design and hard to locate in the dark.

Other Thoughts: Didn't do additional memory. Tested as built. Adobe coming to cloud may make this more interesting. My wireless is stable. ;)

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  • Matthew B.
  • 11/10/2014 1:08:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS Chromebox

Pros: 1. Price - for what you get, this thing is VERY well priced. 2. Size - at about 5 inches square, it fits almost anywhere. 3. Speed - does everything I need it to quickly. 4. Silent - NO noise at all. 5. Features - WiFi, Bluetooth & SSD all ready installed. A VESA mount is also included.

Cons: Needs LPDDR3 RAM. I tried to use a Corsair 8GB kit that I had laying around and it wouldn't boot with it. You HAVE to use low voltage RAM.

Other Thoughts: We use this little guy to stream TV shows, sports, Netflix and some browser games and it is AWESOME! I use it with an IOGEAR wireless keyboard and it's perfect for us. The only thing I would recommend is to bump the RAM up to 4GB. Mine came with Kingston LPDDR3 which is available right here on the egg! Do yourself a favor and add it to your cart with this Cromebox!

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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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