Don't buy a Chromebox in 2023 — buy a Chromebook instead


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Apr 29, 2012
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I get where you are coming from. There are a couple of glaring issues with your recommendation of a cheap USB hub.
1. No Power Button
Having used a similar setup with my kids for awhile now, the lack of a power on button in a USB hub vs a real dock has a negative impact.​
2. No Ethernet
Maybe people don't care about this anymore with his fast Wi-Fi has become, but as someone who works with many large digital assets, I still prefer to have Ethernet for anything sitting on a desk.​
3. Desk Space
Unless you don't intend to use a monitor, have extra desk space, or intend to buy a monitor stand that you can fit the Chromebook and the USB hub underneath, then a Chromebox or alternative mini PC (nuc, Mac mini, Asus, beelink) gives you way more bang for the square inches.​


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Nov 12, 2012
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The other route you can take is what I ended up doing.

Buy a used micro pc for $100 with specs comparable to a good Chromebox (the one I got has a 3.4GHz Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD) , and install Chrome OS Flex on it.

Worked like a charm, and my kids are having no issues using it for schoolwork.
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