Asus’ new Chromebox takes another shot at the desktop, for $179

Samsung’s Chromebox hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm — either because it’s overpriced, underpowered, or simply not the form factor people want for Chrome OS. More likely, it’s a combination of all of those factors, and not coincidentally Asus is trying to tack at least two issues in its own Chromebox to be released in March.

The new Asus Chromebox will be priced at just $ 179, and will also come with a gift from Google. Compared to Samsung’s Series 3 Chromebox priced at $ 329, this box is much cheaper, though it won’t have radically better specs. It’s a small square box that will run on either a Celeron 2955U or Core i3 processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. Connectivity includes a media card reader, four USB 3.0 ports,…

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