Google and Asus both becoming more compact and although introduced their first attempt in bringing an all-new Chromebit dongle, lets any PC owner transform their machine into a full Chrome OS-based monitor. The two companies are officially launching this new way of using Chrome OS on any screen with an HDMI port.
The $85 Chromebit can be plugged into a HDMI port on a TV or monitor to turn it into a fully-fledged Google Chrome OS running PC. Offering an output of 1080p, it has a fan-less design and if it gets too hot over 35-degrees, the Chromebit stick will shut down automatically to prevent overheating.
Priced at $85, Google and Asus’s Chromebit is a 75 gram stick. It comes with an on-board storage of 16GB ROM and 2GB of RAM memory. Alternatively, the all new compact HDMI stick is a larger and bulkier version of the previous old Chromecast. Like that device, it comes with a dedicated charger.
The gadget also features a USB port. The Rockchip-based Chromebit comes in “Cacao Black” and “Tangerine Orange,” and it’s a pretty unassuming device that is specifically meant to disappear behind your screen anyway.
Ships with a HDMI extension cable and Chromebit brings with it adhesive hook-and-loop stickers, to hide the device behind the display or position it out front for seamless access to the USB port. Those want to use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to connect the Chromebit, the port allows you to plug in wired peripherals as well (and with a USB Hub), so that you could even attach it in multiple devices.
As oft-mentioned that new Chromebit HDMI stick is a full Chrome OS machine, can run any web app on it. Likewise, it will let you play games, movies and TV shows right from Google Play, Netflix or Hulu – similar to waht any other Chrome OS device accessible.
All-in-all, you can use the Chromebit as a cumbersome media center in your living room if you wanted to, and it is certainly a compact device and is an enterprise and call center at home in school. Work only involves web apps or a remote connection to a more featured machine, the Chromebit can convert any screen into a usable desktop. It also comes with a separate DC adapter and cheaper than the Intel Compute Stick – runs Windows, and more powerful hardware.
Asus Chromebit CS10 Specifications
- Quad-Core Rockchip RK3288-C processor with four ARM Cortex-A17 cores and Mali T764 GPU
- 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB eMMC storage
- Chrome OS
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 123 x 31 x 17 mm; Weight: 75 grams
- HDMI, USB 2.0, DC-in (12V, 1.5A, 18W adapter)
The Chromebit HDMI Stick will be available in the U.S. Buy it via Amazon, Newegg, Fry’s, Micro Center, B&H Photo, NCIX, Canada Computers, and Memory Express right now. Best Buy (Google’s usual Chrome OS partner) isn’t part of this initial list of vendors. Soon, it will go on sale in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.
Update: Google for Work and Education customers can also opt to add the new single-app kiosk mode option for $24 per user and year, available through CDW in the U.S. and Canada.