Google and Asus Introduce the Chromebit: A Chrome OS Desktop On An HDMI Stick

Got an old monitor or TV lying around? Is it HDMI ready? Then maybe you should check out the Chromebit. A brand new device from Google and Asus...
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    Got an old monitor or TV lying around? Is it HDMI ready? Then maybe you should check out the Chromebit. A brand new device from Google and Asus that brings a Chrome OS-based computer to any HDMI capable display. Simply plug in the device and you’ll be good to go. Coming in at only 2.6 ounces and roughly the size of a Snickers bar; it’s a lightweight and portable device you can take anywhere. At $85, it’s also a great budget solution to having an at home or on-the-go personal computer.

    The Chromebit comes with only 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, so you won’t be able to get too crazy with it. Things like taking important documents, and personal files such as music, photos, and a movie or two with you wherever you go seem to be the ideal use for the device on the simple side of things. It's much more than just a glorified USB you store things on.

    On the Chromebit, you’ll be able to use any web app. You can get your fill of media content by watching your favorite movies and TV shows on Google Play, Hulu, or you could even kick back with Netflix and chill. With the endless amount of web apps available for you to download, the possibilities are endless with what you can do with the Chromebit. One of the more popular uses for the Chromebit, is its ability to become a single-use kiosk for business or education purposes. It’s only $24 per user a year. If it’s something that could be of use to you, make sure you check that out when you have the time.

    The Chromebit also comes with a dedicated charger and a USB port which will allow you to attach things like mice, a keyboard, or even better, a USB hub. If you want to use a wireless mouse and keyboard, you’ll be able to do that as well. As for the colors, you can get yours in either Cacao Black, Tangerine Orange, or a nice Cool Blue.

    In the U.S., the Chromebit will be available at Amazon, Fry’s and Newegg. It’ll also be available in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.

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  1. ddxcb
    took google long enough to get into the tv pc sticks, intel has been doing this for a couple years now.
  2. BlueTiggerz
    This is really cool. I hope the price drops a little though. You can buy a chromebook laptop for $85
  3. thock09
    Essentially the laptop, and more compact version of the rPi. I can appreciate it
  4. NZXT
    This is Pretty cool, and for $85? Might have to get one for vacations and such.

    Edit: wonder if there will be a way to use your phone as a input device instead of m&kb
  5. Stonerzard
    This will be brilliant! My mum's laptop is going and she needs something new but she is awful with technology. I definitely reckon this would be perfect for her.
  6. NoFreeSoup4You
    Thats pretty cool, but i would not need it any time soon!
  7. Harrrry
    Seems awesome, these sound like they will sell fairly well. I imagine these will go towards business folk, who need to take important documents. They will be great for presentations etc, where you can prepare everything on the stick and just plug it in.
  8. Crippler_
    You said it runs apps, which makes me think it's android based? If so I'll pass, there's other options out there that run a full version of windows 8 (and windows 10 too I'd imagine) with no problems for about $129.
    1. Stonerzard
      Well it's running Chrome OS and Chrome OS can run Android apps.
  9. televisedfool
    Now that is cool :eek: