Last week, little-known retailer SabrePC began listing the ASUS Chromebox for pre-sale, but it seems the company jumped the gun a bit as they took it down shortly afterward. It seems ASUS has given everyone the green light by now, though, as three leading online retailers have decided to list the device for pre-order:
Amazon — $179 with free shipping, ships March 14th
Pricing seems quite standard across the board, though Newegg in particular considers their price to be a $20 discount, and there’s no telling if that discount will dissipate in due time.
The $179 ASUS Chromebox will be powered by Intel’s Celeron 2955U processor, which is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. There will be other models with Core i3 and Core i7 Haswell chips with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, though those will likely run you a pretty penny more (with the latter-most actually being available to business who purchase it as part of a larger package).
Other specs of the Celeron-equipped Chromebox include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage via SSD, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x 3.5mm headphone / microphone port, 2-in-1 SD/MMC port, and more. Of course, you’ll have to seek out your own keyboard and mouse, as well as a display if you don’t already have one.
We’ll have to wait and see if performance on this thing can stand the test of time, but for $179 we imagine many people will take the plunge anyway. Be sure to check it out through the pre-order links above if you’re feeling particularly splurge-y today.