Best Chromebox Mini PC for Price and Performance

MakeUseOf | 2/14/2018 | Mihir Patkar
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Google’s lightweight Chrome OS for desktops doesn’t need a large PC. Loaded on mini PCs you can mount at the back of your monitor, these inexpensive Chromeboxes are excellent purchases.

You should know that as these desktop PCs get smaller, so does their capability. But that affects the Windows operating system more. Chrome OS is light, fast, and runs smoothly even with basic hardware.


So what should you buy? These are your best options.

Best Chromebox:

Asus - Excels - Mini - PCs - Asus

Asus excels at making these Chrome-running mini PCs, and the Asus Chromebox 2 is the best of them all. It features 4GB of RAM, which is an important specification to have with Chrome OS. While the operating system runs fine with 2GB memory, for smoothness you need 4GB.

A dual-core Intel Celeron 3215U processor powers the Chromebox 2, which is among the better mobile Celeron CPUs you can get. The 16GB of storage is limiting, but enough for Chrome OS. You should probably add a high-capacity microSD card though.

Asus - Chromebox - Keyboard - Mouse - VESA

Asus ships the Chromebox 2 with a wireless keyboard and mouse, as well as a VESA mount, so all you need is a monitor or even a TV. Hook up the mini PC at the back, connect the HDMI wire, and you’re ready to go. It’s no wonder we picked this as the best Chrome mini PC or Chromebox.

Most Powerful Chromebox:

Chrome - PC - Version - Chromebox - G013U

For the most powerful consumer-level Chrome PC, look no further than the upgraded version of the same Chromebox 2. The G013U model’s differentiating component is the CPU.

The Asus Chromebox 2 G013U has an Intel Core i3-5010U processor. As you probably know, the Core i3 is faster and has a better graphics unit than the Celeron series. You can check out their comparison on CPUBoss.

Asus - Memory - RAM - Graphics - Performance

Apart from that, Asus upgraded the memory to 8GB RAM. That improves multitasking as well as graphics performance...
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