This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Desktops: Asus Chromebox gets down to business
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

Desktops: Asus Chromebox gets down to business

1:34 /

If your life or business is in the cloud (or headed there), this mini desktop might be the low-cost solution you need.

Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET. And this is one very small desktop. It's the Asus Chromebox which runs on Google's Chrome OS. If you're unfamiliar with Chrome OS, it's basically Google's Chrome web browser turned into an operating system. What that means is this little box, which starts at a mere $179, can do anything you can do in a web browser. That's actually quite a lot these days, and the Google Chrome store is loaded with free and pay web apps that range from simple website bookmarks to apps that can work offline and outside of a browser like traditional desktop software. Speaking of desktop software, like Chromebook laptops, you can't install traditional software directly on a Chromebox. There are virtualization and remote desktop options, however. So, if you still need to run desktop software, you can through the cloud. That's likely something you'll need to do for a business, and really, that's what Asus is targeting with this. For consumers, the low-power Celeron processor, two gigs of memory, 16 gigs of storage and integrated graphics is good enough for everything you do on the web, casual games and for streaming services like Spotify or Netflix. And since it's secure and you can easily set up supervised users, this is a good option for a secondary or family computer. It's certainly not for everyone, though. So, be sure to check out the full review on CNET.com. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the look at the Asus Chromebox.

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 056: A robot pilot,...
23:30 September 23, 2014
On today's show: a marvelous robot that can fly planes; a saltwater-powered vehicle gets road clearance in...
Play video
LG's G Vista is a supersized phone...
1:43 September 23, 2014
Available on AT&T and Verizon, the G Vista is a 5.7-inch handset with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 720p display,...
Play video
Samsung is working on a mobile...
4:37 September 23, 2014
The mobile payments space got competitive quickly and Samsung and Paypal are teaming up to take on Apple.
Play video
Improve sound quality on your...
4:42 September 23, 2014
If you listen to a lot of music or watch movies on your MacBook, there are ways to pump up the volume and...
Play video
Getting to know the updated Mail...
1:51 September 23, 2014
CNET's Dan Graziano highlights the new features iPhone and iPad users will find in Apple's updated Mail a...
Play video
Talko and the evolution of phone...
2:58 September 23, 2014
The way we talk on phones may change with new messaging apps, half of Apple mobile devices upgraded to iOS...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,556: 'Gotham' review,...
37:03 September 23, 2014
Today we check out the pilot episode of "Gotham," get to the bottom of a recent titillating Internet hoax...
Play video
DIY decals for your laptop
4:14 September 23, 2014
Add some custom art to your laptop lid by printing out vinyl stickers in just a few minutes.
Play video