Google and Asus had revealed the Chromebit, a new Chrome OS computer built in to a stick way back in March this year and now it seems that the production plan has been finally materialized. The Chromebit will be available at $85 and the stick essentially packs up an entire computer with a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. On the connectivity front, the stick boasts of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The Chromebit can be directly plugged into the HDMI port of your tv or monitor, and you are good to go.
The Chromebit also comes with a single USB port to which you can plug in your peripherals. The single port however gives rise to a caveat – you won’t be able to connect a mouse and a keyboard together at the same time until and unless you buy an additional USB Hub. Chromebit is indeed a cheap way to make your spare monitor or old TV screens work for you as a full-fledged computer with the Chrome OS. The last time I had tested Windows stick computer, the speeds weren’t that great but again since Chrome is a way much lighter OS things should definitely be better on Chromebit.
If you wanted to buy a Chromebook for desk work, it might make better sense to buy the Chromebit for $85 and plug it in to a display, however the specs are still mediocre in comparison with the latest Chromebooks, which are fitted with better speced hardware.
On the availability part, Chromebit will be available across a number of retailers including Amazon, Fry’s and Newegg in the US. Google will expand the retail channels further and the Chromebit will be soon made available globally.