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Pros: Small size, easily mounts to back of monitor, silent operation, Haswell Celeron dual core processor, Ethernet/WiFi/Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports, boots up in 5 seconds - shuts down in 1 second, ease of upgrading memory & SSD. An extra 100 GB of Google Drive space for two years (with your current free 15 GB of disk space brings the total to 115 GB).
Cons: Power button has a mushy feel. Mouse sensitivity settings could be improved. Impossible to find the Asus Chromebox wireless keyboard & mouse unless you spend > $200 more on the i3 model. I use Dashlane password manager, but it does not support ChromeOS (not the fault of this Asus Chromebox). I have to export my password list to an Excel spreadsheet, open it in a Chrome tab then copy/paste my user ID's & passwords. Dumb, but it works.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't be more happier with this little Chromebox except for the lack of Dashlane support (come on Dashlane, make a ChromeOS version)! It's lightning fast and gets the job done. School yourself first to make sure this is right for you. If you spend most of your time in a web browser then this is perfect! I'm using an iclever bluetooth keyboard, HP X7500 bluetooth mouse, Creative D80 bluetooth speaker, & Asus VS247H-P monitor via HDMI. I also have a Synology NAS to store files so I don't even need to use the USB ports, but it is nice that they are there to attach an external hard drive or thumb drive if needed.
I added an extra stick of RAM to double the memory from 2 GB to 4 GB for just under twenty dollars. That gives me a little more breathing room. You can go up to 8 GB if you want/need to open more than 20 tabs. The Celeron CPU is good enough for 1080p streaming, but will not do 4K. If that's what you're in to then go for the core i3 model. The 16 GB SSD seems really small, but really you don't need anything larger. This is not running a bloated Windows OS! And it's not too difficult to add a larger SSD if you want.
If you love constantly updating drivers, dealing with registry errors, running antivirus software, persistent crashes & blue screens of death, always looking forward to Patch Tuesday, having to re-install Windows on a yearly basis because it runs too slow, then this Chromebox is not for you! But if you're sick & tired like me of dealing with all that nonsense, then switch to this Chromebox. You won't be sorry!
Pros: Inexpensive, perfect specs for the Asus Chromebox M004U
Cons: None, just the volatility of memory prices.
Other Thoughts: Bought this to double the memory of my Asus Chromebox from 2 GB to 4 GB. It came with a 2 GB Hynix stick of memory, and this Kingston had the same exact specs. Before the memory upgrade the Chromebox had .9 GB free. Now it has 3 GB free. In the Chrome browser input " chrome://system/ " (without the quotes) and scroll down to meminfo and hit the Expand... button to see the available memory.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Coboc CY-U3-AAMF-6-WH 6 ft. White USB 3.0 A Male to A Female Extension Cable
Pros: Price, actually works at USB 3.0 speed, unlike other brands (see Other thoughts), decent six foot length.
Other Thoughts: Last year I bought a Nippon Labs USB 3.0 extension cable and it didn't work at USB 3.0 speeds! I saw this brand on sale with a coupon code so I thought I'd give it a shot, even with no other reviews posted at the time. Thankfully it works just fine. I also bought the three foot version of this cable and it too works just great!READ FULL REVIEW