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ASUS Chromebox 3 Arrives At CES 2018

HP may have beaten other OEMs out of the Chromebox gate but ASUS came to Las Vegas with a surprise up their sleeve and they don’t plan on being outshined.

Amidst their ROG lineup, new connectivity solutions and a GIGABIT LTE Windows device, ASUS unveiled some mini-PCs, a new tinker board and the Kaby Lake-powered ASUS Chromebox 3.

Like the HP, the ASUS will tout the 8th generation Kaby Lake-R a.k.a Kaby Lake Plus. ASUS has yet to release full specs but we know the Chromebox 3 will come with at least one USB-C for data transfer, external device charging and most importantly, video out.

We’ll be getting some hands-on the Chromebox 3 tomorrow afternoon but I suspect we’ll find it powered by the same Intel® Core™ i7-8650U offer in the top-tier HP. Measuring 4.5″ x 4.5″, the ASUS has a slightly smaller footprint than the HP.

Unless ASUS is offering some major RAM or storage upgrades, I would suspect similar performance between the two new Chromeboxes. Price, however, is anybody’s guess. HP is known to charge top dollar even for Chrome devices but with the latest Intel chipset, but manufacturers will likely charge premium dollars for the premium machines.

The Chromebox 3 will come with Android Apps out of the box and is expected to be available in spring of this year.

Keep an eye out for our first look and hands-on with the ASUS tomorrow. We’ll do our best to get as many specs as possible. Stay tuned for ongoing live coverage from the show floor at CES 2018.

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Gabriel Brangers

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    • Why do they need to introduce new Chromebooks? Last year's models are practically future proof and one of the best in the market.

      • maybe cuz some people want more than a dog slooow braswell chip in their chromebook? use your head dummy

      • 1/ Last year's models were introduced at CES. We tend to get yearly refreshes. That's how the tech industry works, given it's based on components that evolve rapidly.

        2/ 4GB ram is not comfortable to many people, never mind not "future proof."

        3/ There were rumors (not least on this site) of an incoming Nautilus device and of a refreshed Chromebook Pro.

  • I'm kind of excited about Android on Chromebox for some reason. I hope this isn't too ridiculously expensive. I have no reason to replace my current Asus Chromebox. But - who needs a reason?

    • agreed! - don't need a reason to replace them, as long as they don't give us reasons to NOT replace them.

  • Like it. Been waiting for an updated model. Asus Chromebox is sold in this country unlike the HP Chromebox.
    Hope it has decent ram, storage and gpu.
    It would icing if these chromeboxes could have a built-in power supply. It would be great for travel as well.

  • I don't really see the point of a Chromebox - the joy (for me) of a Chromebook is using the trackpad to swipe between tabs. I did try one (the Asus CN60) which was fast and upgradeable for ROM and RAM, but it didn't do it for me, so languishes now in the cellar.

    Maybe I'm alone on this one ...

    • Try upgrading the RAM in your chromebook.

      My Toshiba 2015 CB locks up sometimes, too many tabs for the 4GB of ram.
      My chromebox never locks up thanks to the 16GB ram I popped in there and it has more than double the tabs open across two monitors.

    • Looks like I am alone - whatever suits your purposes I suppose. For me, being freed from a mouse is an advantage as I have chronic shoulder problems and using a trackpad as much as possible is good for me.

      It seems like I am stuck with this terrible Pixelbook ...

      • I would love the Pixelbook it has many advantages and is very powerful.

        One drawback is the lack of an HDMI port. Which means you have to have a USB-C to HDMI adapter to display onto projectors and TV's. How often do I do that? Last Wednesday an adhoc need to test a projector via a receiver came up out of the blue. My CB was up to the task.

        My point is there is no such thing as the perfect device. A wide and varied choice of Chrome OS devices is advantageous and desirable.

        • I see the points you are making - all valid. As I said above, my grizzle is that my shoulder plays up with too much mousing, so i tend to gravitate to a laptop now wherever possible.

          WRT the HDMI - the sooner industry adopts the USB-C standard as a true standard, the better. When I give talks at conference centres (which I do frequently) the standard is still VGA - I haven't had a laptop with a VGA ports in many years. A dongle is always essential in my travel kit.

    • For me being able to walk up to my desk, move the mouse and log in is wonderful. I have a large display, wireless ChromeOS keyboard and mouse attached to my ASUS Chromebox, so it is a joy to use, and I don't have to take the time to get my Chromebook Pro out of my bag and dock. J

    • My old father had an outdated and flaky Windows XP Dell PC for web browsing and email. I kept the keyboard, mouse and 23-inch monitor and plugged everything into a new Asus Chromebox. It's been 3 years... The Chromebox does everything he wants and I'm free from having to do his technical support.

      • Agree 100%. Been successfully switching my entire family to ChromeOS for the past year and I don't get calls anymore, except to say they're buying another for the grandkids. MUCH less work !!! J

    • I had a Chromebook. Most Chromebooks are cheap, so screen and keyboard suck. And most come in small screen sizes. And I don't need it to be portable. So I prefer a Chromebox.

  • i bought an hp chromebook and it "leaks" battery power just sitting around when turned off. dells dont do that.

  • I ended up w/ a Pixelbook (i7) and I'm going to get one of these Chromeboxes as well.. Either the HP or the ASUS; i'll keep that box at home and that's the one I'll run CROUTON on for Linux support.. I'll keep my Pixelbook stock :)

  • Is a chromebox able to upload large photo files in a reasonable time? Say a 32gb SD card with raw files? My Chromebook can't do it, can't even view all the contents of the folder in the files app without it crashing. Not sure if it's a problem with the files app or just too big of a task for the machine. I notice in the overview for the Asus chromeboxes it says insert SD card and photos automatically upload to cloud. I'd really like chrome os to be my ecosystem at home, I do not want another windows or Mac. So I'm considering a chromebox 3 if and only if it can handle this one task.

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