ASUS announced a new fanless product in its Chromebox series: ASUS Fanless Chromebox. Like previous models of Asus, the compact size of the fanless Chromebox is designed to be installed on the back of a monitor or desk, saving space in a size-conscious work environment. Perhaps unintentionally, it also looks almost like a wireless router.
The ASUS fanless Chromebox measures approximately 8.15 x 5.82 x 1.26 inches, which gives its aluminum chassis a compact rectangular shape. But the real wireless router aesthetic comes from the ridge design on the top of the box and the two adjustable antennas on the back.
The Chromebox is equipped with 10th-generation Intel Core or Celeron processors: you can choose Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i3-10110U or Celeron 5205U. It also provides up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage.
Depending on the configuration, Chromebox provides different ports, and the main difference between Celeron and Core models is the number and type of USB ports: Celeron models contain two USB 2.0, one USB 3.2 and one USB-C Core model has three USB 3.1 and a USB-C port. All configurations have two HDMI 2.0 ports for connecting displays and a microSD card slot for adding additional memory.
Asus said that the Chromebox’s specifications and its fanless design should allow it to power up to three 4K displays when running Chrome OS (and Android apps in the Play Store). The ASUS fanless Chromebox starts at $399 and can provide a solid desktop Chrome OS experience-just don’t buy a wireless router by mistake.
ASUS fanless Chromebox will be available in the United States in February 2021.