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The Asus Chromebox announced in February is now up for pre-order at Amazon, with shipments expected to go out on March 14. The tiny black box is a perfect education companion, or for someone simply curious about Google's Chrome OS, and wants to ease their way into an unconventional desktop experience. Over the past several months, Google's Chrome OS has become a big part of the PC market, and this will likely help further the search giant's cause.

Equipped with either an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, Core i3-4010U processor or Core i7-4600U processor (i3 and i7 are coming later), the Chromebox certainly has the necessary power to accommodate heavy workloads, or just simple Web browsing. Additional specs include 2GB or 4GB of RAM, 16GB SSD with 100GB of Google Drive Storage (for two years), 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4x USB 3.0 and a 2-in-1 card reader. It also comes with an HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

If you aren't swayed by either Toshiba or Samsung's new Chromebook options, perhaps a Chromebox will be more your speed. It's cheaper, although you'll need a monitor if you actually want to use the thing. You can pick one up for $179 through Amazon.

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