The Asus Chromebox is an early experiment in putting Chrome OS into a tiny desktop, and it feels like it. You can get online and enjoy a range of web apps and extensions, but the little desktops limitations are hard to ignore.
A good review, but I think it ignores the flexibility of this unit. You can easily upgrade the SSD and the RAM. I have one which has 8GB RAM and a 128GB eMMC drive installed. I also have Ubuntu/XFCE4 installed via Crouton, making it a full-fledged Linux machine. These factors make the value proposition of this computer much greater than what one sees at face value. The review sells the machine short by overlooking these features.