While they might be less attractive than a full-fledged Chromebook, desktop computers running Chrome OS have their uses. The Asus Chromebox has been among the best in that form factor, and the company took to CES 2018 to announce a third generation of the device, alongside some other small form factor computing solutions.
The Chromebox 3 will be aimed primarily at business customers, and inexpensive Chrome OS machines in the office could be great in communal areas for quick use. It will have an unspecified 8th generation Intel Core processor coupled with some quantity of DDR4-2400 memory, which should make for snappy enough performance. It could also be used as a competent media streamer in a meeting room, with DisplayPort and HDMI connections allowing for 4K UHD video playback.
A USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port will be present on the Chromebox 3 for the first time, and it will also have dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN. Google Play support will make this machine infinitely more useful, which – depending on the price – could be another winner for Asus. That's all we know about the Chromebox 3 right now, except that it's expected in the second half of 2018. We'll get more information and pricing nearer the launch date, so keep an eye out for that.
ASUS Showcases Small Form Factor Solutions at CES 2018
New PB40 and PN40 Mini PCs, Chromebox 3 and Tinker Board S offer compact size and versatility for work or play
January 08, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ASUS today announced its latest lineup of small form factor products at CES® 2018 in Las Vegas, including the PB40 and PN40 Mini PCs, Chromebox 3 and Tinker Board S. This year's innovations offer compactness and versatility for a variety of usage scenarios without compromising quality or performance.
With the new PB40 and PN40 Mini PCs, users can enjoy the power of a computer with the convenience of a compact and portable device, whether for work or play. The latest Chromebox 3 lets users enjoy their favorite Android apps for both home and educational entertainment, with the full power of an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor. And with the new ASUS Tinker Board S, DIY enthusiasts can enjoy class-leading performance for turning their creative ideas into reality.
PB40 Mini PC
The ASUS PB40 Mini PC offers unparalleled connectivity with up to six USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ ports and a flexible I/O port design with VGA/DP/COM/HDMI support. Its metallic chassis houses the latest 8th Generation Intel Pentium® Silver processor for powerful performance. The PB40 is also offered in a fanless design with Intel Celeron® processors for completely silent operation. In addition to its compact design, the PB40 supports optional stackable modules such as optical drives to provide space-saving versatility for a wide range of usage scenarios.
PN40 Mini PC
Powered by 8th Generation Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron processors, the new ASUS PN40 Mini PC features a sliding bottom case design for easy upgrades. Compact and lightweight, it measures 114 x 114 x 49mm and weighs just 1.54lbs. With a wide range of connectivity options including USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C for fast data transmission, and a changeable I/O port for VGA or COM support, the PN40 is ideal for both home entertainment and business solutions.
ASUS Chromebox 3
ASUS Chromebox 3 is the latest addition to the ASUS Chromebox family and is powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core processor and DDR4-2400 memory for faster, smoother and more energy-efficient performance. It is equipped with a versatile USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port for quick data transfers, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN for faster streaming along with DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity for 4K UHD video playback. ASUS Chromebox 3 will also support Google Play.
Tinker Board S
The new Tinker Board S features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage, while retaining the same board size and component placement as the original Tinker Board. On display at the ASUS showcase room are two demos illustrating some of the ways the powerful Tinker Board S can turn ideas into reality. The first demo showcases the processor, memory and I/O speed of Tinker Board S with MATRIX Creator to quickly prototype different types of hardware applications. The second demo highlighted how the 192 KHz audio output and support for digital-to-analog converter (DAC) add-on cards improve the home entertainment experience.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
- The ASUS Mini PC PB40 and PN40 as well as the ASUS Chromebox 3 will be available in 2H 2018; pricing will be announced at launch.
- The Tinkerboard S will be available in Q1 2018, and will be available starting at $79.99 MSRP.
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1 Visit www.asus.com/us for additional information. Specifications are subject to change without notice, vary by region, device configuration, settings and other factors.
ASUS is one of Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow's smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016.