Asus got here to CES with many new merchandise, however its newest could possibly be vital for firms and many individuals who have to earn a living from home. The corporate has launched a Fanless Chromebox that not solely presents a quiet Chrome OS desktop, however is constructed to outlive a number of the harshest situations.
The router-like aluminum chassis lets the Fanless Chromebox run something from an entry Celeron 5205U processor by means of to a Tenth-generation Intel Core i7 with out noise, in accordance with Asus. Increased-end variations can drive as much as three 4K screens. On 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 laptop can also be a reasonably versatile design. It takes as much as 16GB of RAM, and you’ve got your selection 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 selection 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. That is constructed as a lot for firms with historical gear as it’s staff utilizing their residence setups.
The Fanless Chromebox ought to be obtainable in February beginning at a $399 value, Asus stated. That’s not a trivial value when you will 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.