After its announcement several months ago and its summer launch delay, the Asus Chromebit rolls out for only 85$ today. This little device can be plugged into any TV or monitor that has an available HDMI pot to turn it into a Chrome OS PC.
Google has announced the Chromebit in March 2015 due to the increased interest in stick form computers, a trend initially launched by Intel with its Compute Stick. But don’t get your hopes too high, the Chromebit will not turn your TV into a veritable powerhouse. It will simply work as other Android TV based devices, letting you surf the internet, play games from the Google Play Store or stream movies from Netflix or HBO Go.
The movie streaming capability of the Chromebit will prove most appealing to tourists and travelers who will be able to watch their favorite movies anywhere, as long as a TV with an HDMI port is available, along with Wi-Fi connection.
This little device sports a Rockchip quadcore processor with 2GB of ram and 16GB of hard drive space, meaning that the Chromebit is not really powerful when compared to its peers. But power is not something to be looking for when searching for a stick form computer. Its versatility comes first. By having both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support, you can connect you keyboard and mouse to it for a better browsing experience.
The Chromebit also has an USB 2.0 port, letting users connect basically anything to it, even an USB hub in order to connect multiple devices to it. This new Google device is mainly aimed at businesses and educational facilities but due to its price, it might become a safe option even for those who just want to turn their old TV into a smart one, mostly because of its affordable price.
Other users who are expected to buy this device are people who want to turn and old HDMI available monitor into a new Chrome OS computer, allowing them to watch shows while they play games among other things without having the need to Alt-Tab constantly.
Plans for the Chrome OS to partner up with Android will make this device even greater, allowing it to support Android based applications and games, but those plans are still a ways off in the future, presumably in 2017.
The Asus Chromebit rolls out for only 85$ for all US citizens starting today, with future release dates for UK, Europe and Asia to be announced at a later date, most likely until the end of this year.