Asus announces compact desktop computer Chromebox 5

Not only do Chromebooks feature Google’s Chrome OS, but so do mini PCs. Recently, ASUS officially announced the launch of Chromebox 5, which boasts considerable advancements in processor and other specifications compared to its predecessor, as well as some rather unique features.

Firstly, it employs 12th-generation Alder Lake processors across the board. The top configuration is the Core i7-1260P, a 28W processor with 4 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores. Frankly, this setup may be somewhat excessive for Chrome OS, an operating system centered around a web browser. Additionally, ASUS offers the i5-1240P and i3-1220P, both 28W processors, and the entry-level Celeron 7305 with a 15W TDP and 1 P-Core + 4 E-Cores.

Regarding memory, models equipped with Core processors provide two SODIMM slots, while the Celeron model offers just one, resulting in differing maximum memory capacities. However, they all feature an M.2 2280 slot, compatible with PCIe4 x4 specifications.

Perhaps the most commendable aspect of the Chromebox 5 is its I/O interface. It is outfitted with 2 HDMI ports, 1 DP1.4, a MicroSD card reader, a total of 4 USB Type-A ports on the front and back, and even a Thunderbolt 4 interface! Moreover, it incorporates a Qi wireless charging pad with a maximum output of 15W on the top, which proves to be a handy feature for users whose phones support wireless charging.

Additionally, ASUS emphasizes the simplified IT management capabilities and enterprise-grade security measures of the Chromebox 5. Much like some mini PCs, the Chromebox 5 is designed for business and education purposes. Of course, this does not imply that it is unsuitable for everyday users.