Asus got here to CES with many new merchandise, however its newest could possibly be vital for firms and many individuals who must work at home. The firm has launched a Fanless Chromebox that not solely affords a quiet Chrome OS desktop, however is constructed to outlive a few of the harshest circumstances.
The router-like aluminum chassis lets the Fanless Chromebox run something from an entry Celeron 5205U processor by way of to a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 with out noise, in accordance with Asus. Higher-end variations can drive as much as three 4K screens. At the identical time, the casing is hard sufficient to final in factories and different “harsh” business areas, together with when it’s mounted to a monitor or wall.
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Asus’ Chrome OS pc can also be a reasonably versatile design. It takes as much as 16GB of RAM, and you’ve got your alternative of both eMMC storage (as much as 64GB) or an SSD (as much as 256GB). USB-A and USB-C 3.2 ports provide you with a alternative of peripherals, and also you’ll have a full complement of extra ports that embrace HDMI, Ethernet, a microSD slot and even a legacy RS-232 serial port. This is constructed as a lot for firms with historical gear as it’s workers utilizing their dwelling setups.
The Fanless Chromebox must be out there in February beginning at a $399 value, Asus mentioned. That’s not a trivial value when you may get extra highly effective standard PCs for the cash, however the firm is clearly betting that the company crowd can pay extra for the robust design and Chrome OS’ inherent benefits for safety and updates.
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