Chrome OS by Google can be found in many devices these days. These devices include: small desktop computers, hybrids, and laptops. Joining the league of Chromebox and Chromebook. Asus Chromebit is one of a few latest Chrome OS devices highlighted by Google.
The Chromebit is a self-contained PC that turns any TV or monitor into a Chrome-based system, with the same extensions, browser, and apps that are the highlights of Chromebook and their class. The Chromebit resembles a large USB thumb drive, and connects to a TV or monitor via HDMI port.
Similar to Intel Compute Stickor Dell Cloud Connect, Asus Chromebit is a compact system in a stick. Despite having a superficial resemblance to Google Chromecast, Asus Chromebit includes a low-powered processor. The main difference between the two is that Google Chromecast merely mirrors content on a connected monitor or TV, while the Asus Chromebit turns a connected TV or monitor into a functional computer.
The Chromebit is equipped with a single Rockchip 3288 processor, it is from the same company that manufactures low-cost mobile processors for products like Pipo Max-M9 Pro. The mobile chip used for graphics is ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU. Asus Chromebit comes with 16GB onboard storage and 2GB of RAM.
With a single USB 2.0 port on the back side and an HDMI output on one end, Asus Chromebit has a simple design. There are 3 colors available for device: orange, silver, and blue. The USB port is used for power, it is not designed for connecting mice and keyboards. As far as the connectivity is concerned, the device has Bluetooth 4.0 support and a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which allows wireless connection to a local Wi-Fi as well as other wireless peripherals. The HDMI connection of Chromebit features a rotating head, which allows the device to plug into HDMI ports at different angles which comes in handy when there’s not enough room for the entire device.
Asus Chromebit competes against some non-chrome products, for example, Intel Compute Stick and Dell Cloud Connect. These devices provide same plug-in functionality but with different operating systems, Windows 10 and Ubuntu. There is no question that the Chromebit will run faster and smoother, so once again, the question is, is Chrome OS right for you?
By now you’re probably asking, so when’s this thing coming out? Well, no one knows yet. Asus only said “later this year” so maybe they’ll have it on the market by Christmas? Asus News Page
Posted OCT 25TH 2015