Updated December 06, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 6 Best Chromeboxes

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in April of 2018. If you want a compact and lightweight computing option that will let you surf the web, type emails, and even stream your favorite shows, one of these Chromeboxes is a great place to start. They're able to deliver a lot of power in a small package thanks to highly efficient components and a straightforward operating system. We've ranked the best according to power, affordability, and reliability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Acer CXI3

2. Asus NC356U

3. CTL CTX1

Editor's Notes

December 03, 2020:

With our latest update, we added some of the most recent models in the world of Chromeboxes. The Acer CXI3 now features system memory of up to 16 gigabytes with disk space at 128 GB. We included on the list the previous version from Acer, the UA91, which is available at a lower price than the new CXI3. For lighter applications, such as internet browsing, the Acer UA91 still has value.

We also added the Asus N7068U for its strong processing power and high-quality hardware. While it's significantly more expensive than other options, those who have more demanding needs should consider this option.

October 02, 2019:

You don't need the fastest hardware to run Chrome, so for basic usage, the HP Ultra Mini or G2 should suffice. If you're looking for something that can multitask or run more complex apps with ease, the Asus Chromebox 3 is a worthwhile option that isn't the most expensive. We've highlighted the N018U model because of its price-to-performance ratio. The Acer is a touch more costly, but it is even more powerful, and would make a powerful home theater controller. It also comes with a keyboard and mouse, so all you need to do is hook it to a display and it's ready to go. Also keep in mind that many of these are compatible with vesa mounts, so you can attach them directly to the back of some displays. If you need something a little more powerful or a device that can run another OS, there are a number of good mini PCs with a wider range of components.

Special Honors

HP G3 Having just been released, the HP G3 is available in numerous configurations, all using the 10th generation of Intel processors. It can support dual monitors in 4K or three monitors in HD. Further, it has a maximum system memory of up to 16 gigabytes. hp.com

4. Asus Chromebit CS10

5. Asus N7068U

6. Acer UA91


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 06, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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