While its Chromebook announcements at CES 2021 received more fanfare, Asus continues to support the Chromebox platform for desktop PCs built to run the Chrome OS. Its new Fanless Chromebox is designed to support commercial and industrial applications with a tiny, rugged form factor that packs Intel processors inside along with updated connectivity options.
As its name suggests, the Fanless Chromebox was built to withstand the heat from its internal components without a noisy fan, building passive cooling into the design of its extruded-aluminum chassis, which measures just 1.3×8.1×5.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.6 pounds. With a lockable VESA mount, this small system can be tucked into out-of-the-way spots — such as behind an LCD monitor or under a desk.
The Fanless Chromebox punches above its weight (and size) class, however, supporting either 10th-generation Intel Core processors (Core i3-10110U or Core i7-10510U, specifically) or Celeron 5205U CPU.