Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny Review

At this point just about everyone knows what a Chromebook is, but not everyone knows what a Chromebox is. Essentially, a Chromebox is a Chromebook, but for your desktop. Slowly but surely this product lineup is catching on and as their entry to the market, Lenovo has created the ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny. Is it worth picking up? Let’s take a look.

Specs*

  • Intel Core i3-5005U Processor
  • Intel HD Integrated Graphics
  • 16GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • USB 3.0 x4 ports
  • HDMI port

*as reviewed

Hardware

The ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny is a rugged piece of machinery. It’s clear that Lenovo had the office in mind with this machine. It’s sturdy and well constructed. Scattered around the front and back of the box are USB ports, the power button, an external WiFi antenna, and HDMI, Ethernet, and a DisplayPort.

The build of the ThinkCentre Chromebox is sturdy and it's got plenty of ports.

The build of the ThinkCentre Chromebox is sturdy and it’s got plenty of ports.

Tiny-In-One Monitor

An optional, and recommended, accessory for the ThinkCentre Chromebox is the 23″ LCD display. This monitor not only acts as a simple monitor, but can also turn the Chromebox into an all-in-one. Simply open the top and you can slide the ThinkCentre Chromebox right in. This makes setup simple and conserves desk space.



The monitor has 4 USB ports on the front (two 2.0, two 3.0) for easy access located directly next to the buttons. The entire monitor also has the ability to swivel back and forth and it can also be raised and lowered to suit your preference.

The 23" monitor is great with awesome viewing angles and a bright, beautiful canvas.

The 23″ monitor is great with awesome viewing angles and a bright, beautiful canvas.

The 23″ 1080p panel itself is also very good with wide viewing angles and colors are accurate as well. The brightness is great, but the monitor tends to be a bit picky on when it will and will not let you change the brightness.

Software & Performance

Chrome OS is available here and on this configuration, it absolutely flies. With an i3 and 4GB of RAM, you’ll be able to get plenty done on this machine and without a bit of lag or stutter in sight. Now granted, that’s pretty much the norm on Chrome OS, but coming from a Celeron based machine, you can certainly tell a difference, especially when multi-tasking.

Final Thoughts

The ThinkCentre Chromebox itself starts at $199 and goes up to $329 depending on the RAM and processor configuration you decide on using. To add on the Tiny-In-One montior, you’ll need to throw in another $279 which honestly isn’t all that bad.

This Chromebox has a lot to offer for it’s price, but personally I feel as though Lenovo designed this for the business market only, not the general consumer. It works fine in a home setting, but it would do better at the office. That said, I don’t think you can go wrong if you pick one up.