ASUS Chromebox 5A – An Intel Raptor Lake (13th Gen) Based Mini PC for Productivity and Entertainment

ASUS Chromebox 5A – An Intel Raptor Lake (13th Gen) Based Mini PC for Productivity and Entertainment

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The ASUS Chromebox 5a is a compact mini PC with 13th-generation Intel Core processors. The PC comes in many configurations starting with Intel Celeron to Intel Core I7; the basic Celeron version only costs around $294.00, and the features pack i7 version will cost you around $980.00. The common thing about all these versions is that all support up to four 4K@60Hz displays and include an M.2 2280 PCIe slot for storage. In terms of RAM, it has a single SO-DIMM slot that supports up to 16GB of DDR4 memory.

This Chromebox can drive up to four 4K displays using dual HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 DP ports, ideal for multi-monitor setups and media centers. It features Intel Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.3, and supports up to 1GbE networking, which is a divergence from the ASUS Chromebox 5 with its 2.5GbE port.

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This Chromebox also supports 1GbE Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity. Ports include USB 3.2 Gen2/Gen1 Type-A, audio jack, microSD slot, USB-C with DP1.4/PD, and DC-in.

ASUS Chromebox 5A with Mount

ASUS Chromebox 5A Specifications

  • CPU Options:
    • Intel® Core™ i7-1355U Processor
    • Intel® Core™ i5-1335U Processor
    • Intel® Core™ i3-1315U Processor
    • Intel® Celeron® 7305 Processor’
  • Operating System: Chrome OS
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics
  • Memory: 1 x DDR4 SO-DIMM, Max 16GB x 1
  • Storage: 1 x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4x4, supports 128GB~512GB NVMe™ SSD
  • Wireless Data Network: Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) 2×2 + Bluetooth® 5.3 Wireless Card
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps, 1G LAN
  • Front I/O Ports:
    • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
    • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
    • 1 x Audio Jack
    • 1 x Micro SD card slot
  • Back I/O Ports:
    • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
    • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (with DP1.4 output and PD input)
    • 2 x HDMI 2.1 (Up to 4K@60Hz)
    • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN
    • 1 x DC-in
  • Speaker: No
  • Power Supply: 19Vdc, 3.42A, 65W Power Adapter
  • Weight: 0.8KG
  • Certificates: BSMI/CB/CE/FCC/UL/Energy Star/C-Tick/WiFi/RF/VCCI
  • Dimensions: 166.5 x 165.8 x 45.9 mm

The Chromebox comes with many different accessories like the AC adapter, power cord, user manual, and warranty card. For those who need them, a keyboard and mouse, a screw pack for additional storage expansion, and a VESA mount for versatile setup options are available separately.

The ASUS Chromebox 5A offers various configurations to suit different needs and budgets. Prices start at $294 for the Celeron model with 4GB RAM/128GB SSD, going up to $515 for the Core i3 with 8GB RAM/128GB SSD. The Core i5, also with 8GB RAM/128GB SSD, costs $660. The top-end Core i7 model boasts 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $980.

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