Pros No operating system so no way to install malware.
Cons Only Cons if you are expecting a pc environment.
Summary Anyone who follows http://krebsonsecurity.com/ will notice a pattern of many small businesses getting robbed of many tens of thousands of dollars; mostly because someone downloaded malware into the pc that is used to login to their bank accounts. The advice is to reserve 1 pc that does nothing other than banking logins. A Chromebox would be ideal for this purpose!
People are thinking of the Chromebook machines the wrong way. They criticize them for the effects of not having a traditional OS when that is their main benefit. Don't try to compare then to cheap pcs, instead look at the benefits of a machine without an OS that the user needs to maintain or accidentally infect.
Note: I don't have Chromebox (yet). I do have 1 year experience using my Acer Wi-Fi only Chromebook which I like (and I also have other Mac & Windows pcs too)
Pros Nearly instant boot. Actually gets better over time. Google prevents the problems associated with most users'systems.
Cons Virtually none.
Summary I'm always amazed when someone disparagingly reviews a product they do not own. The Google Chromebook, and now the Chromebox, are near perfect for most users. Ask any computer expert that's had to work on the average user's computer and they will agree users do not know how to manage their systems. Most I see are absolute disasters.....loaded with junk. These are EXCELLENT systems for 99% of users that do nothing but surf the web. Most, obviously including cNet editors, simply do not get it.
".Fantastic PC"on by ARG2358
Pros 1-super fast boot up.
2-superfast on the internet.
3-Easy to set up.
4-no worries about virus or malware.
6-super fast processing
Cons The Chromebox is a secret that those wanting to buy a PC should know about!
Summary Chromebox is the future of PCs. The boot up is lightning fast. The internet is super fast. Easy to use and no worries about virus attacks. The set up takes a second. This is problem free computing and no computer is faster than this. No worries about down loads taking up space on your hard drive and slowing down your computer. I feel sad for the readers of this column that give up the opportunity to buy a super fast, no problems such as malware and virus attacks and pop ups to buy another system with issues. This is a superb computer and if your in the market for a fast computer that is problem free, look no further. Buy the wireless Logiteck k400 keyboard, it is cmpatible with Chromebook and you will have a super, problem free home computer set up.
"No disk drive"on by teknozen
Pros Cheap & Simple
Cons No disk/Blu-ray drive
Summary Bummer. With a Blu-ray drive, this box would not only be a Mini Killer, but I would have already flipped out the plastic and ordered one.
Pros teknozen pointed out there is no drive but there are USB ports. That thing has an Intel chip, so it has a BIOS chip that can be set to boot USB. So the Google OS gets replaced with Debian or Windows. $330 is great price point.
Cons Other than taking the time to change out the OS, nothing.
Summary Another good review by me. CNET is scared. Molly is debating if she should hire me or turn me over to the authorities. But I am serious, this is a good idea. You couldn't build a mini-itx system for $330 with TWO display ports. I am really considering buying this. I am thinking Windows Media Center PC actually and a set-top box config next to the TV.