In early April, you could read that Google has announced a pocket-sized computer that can turn any HDMI display into a fully functioning personal computer. The device, manufactured by Asus called the Chromebit (Chromebit CS10), it has functionality of a Chromebook notebook into a HDMI Stick.
Now the resulting device, dubbed the Chromebit, is available for $85 which makes it cheaper than a Windows PC stick but more expensive than many Android models. The pocket-sized computer features a Rockchip RK3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, fanless design, and support for dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Unlike some other models in this space there’s no microSD card slot.
Let’s look at the specifications of the Asus Chromebit (Chromebit CS10):
- Operating System – Chrome OS
- CPU – Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288C Processor
- Graphic – ARM® Mali™-T624 GPU
- Memory – 2 GB LPDDR3 at 1066MHz
- Storage – 16GB eMMC, 100G Google Drive for 2 Year free usage
- Wireless Data Network – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , Bluetooth V4.0
- Side I/O Ports – 1 x DC in
- Front I/O Ports – 1 x HDMI Out
- Back I/O Ports – 1 x USB 2.0
- Power Supply – 18 W Power adapter
- Dimensions – 123 x 31 x 17 mm (WxDxH)
- Weight – 0.075 kg (0.16 lb)
- Color – Black/Orange
- Accessories – AC Adaptor, HDMI Cable, Warranty Card, User Manual
Its purpose is to turn any monitor with a standard HDMI port into a makeshift Chromebook. You’ll be able to access all things Google, including Drive and Docs, and any Web apps from the Chrome Web Store that a regular Chromebook or Chromebox could download. That includes things like Netflix and Hulu, which means the Chromebit has the potential to be an ultra-low-power, ultra-portable media system.
Chromebit costs only $85. It’s really cheap but adding another fifty dollars will already get you a Chromebook. But then again, this Chromebit is just a new option for portability and quick computing solution or maybe some Internet gaming. This device will be ready on Newegg (but, interestingly, not Best Buy for now), Fry’s and Amazon very soon. Chromebit will also be available in the following countries aside from the US: Canada, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Taiwan, UK, and Sweden
Some of the first reviews are coming in, and TechCrunch figures the ASUS Chromebit makes more sense in education or enterprise settings than in your living room. According to CNET, the device had no problems streaming HD video or opening a half dozen browser tabs at once. PC World notes that 4K video is a non-starter, but 1440p video plays smoothly.