Asus has announced a new fan-free add-on for its family of Chromeboxes: the Asus Fanless Chromebox. Like previous Asus models, the Fanless Chromebox compact size is designed to be mounted on the back of a display or desk to save space in size-conscious work environments. Perhaps unintentionally, it also looks almost exactly like a wireless router.
Asus’ fanless Chromebox dimensions come in at around 8.15 x 5.82 x 1.26 inches, giving its aluminum frame a small, rectangular shape. But the aesthetics of the true wireless router come from the grooved design on top of the box and the two adjustable antennas on the back.
Inside, the Chromebox has either a 10th generation Intel Core or Celeron processor: you can choose between an Intel Core i7-10510U, an Intel Core i5-10210U, an Intel Core i3-10110U or a Celeron 5205U. It also offers up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of SSD storage.
Depending on the configuration, Chromebox offers different ports, the biggest difference between the Celeron and Core models is the number and type of USB ports: the Celeron model has a mix of two USB 2.0, a USB 3.2 and a USB-C port, while the Core models have three USB 3.1 and one USB-C port. All configurations have two HDMI 2.0 ports for connecting to monitors and a microSD card slot for adding extra memory.
Asus says the Chromebox specifications, along with the fanless design, should let it power up to three 4K screens while running the Chrome OS (and also Android apps from the Play Store). With a starting price of $ 399, the Asus Fanless Chromebox could be a solid desktop OS experience – just do not buy a wireless router by mistake.
The Asus Fanless Chromebox will be available in the US in February 2021.