How does carrying your PC around in a stick sound? For some it might sound fantastic, some might think it’s absurd, some might be of the opinion that it’s highly unlikely while a few tech junkies might already be aware of it. Here’s great news not only for the techies but also for anyone and everyone whose life is incomplete without a PC. Google Chrome’s OS can now be found on their very new device, Asus Chromebit. The device looks like a USB thumb drive and it connects to a monitor or TV via HDMI which gives you instant access to Chrome OS and all its features.
Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Even if this device might seem like a revolutionary one for many, others have already come up with similar devices. The Intel Compute Stick will run Windows 10 and the Raspberry Pi is another stick like computer which will run Windows and Linux.
The new add-on to the Chrome devices family of Chromebook and Chromebox, this PC-on-a-stick version is not only inexpensive but also looks adorable. It is available in 3 attractive colours and is very handy. Thanks to Google Chromebit now you can access your PC, even on the move with the help of a monitor or TV.
The device offers you with a 2GB of RAM and 16 GB solid storage. The ones concerned about connectivity can take a sigh of relief because the device also offers 2×2 dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. While that’s not all, there’s a single full-size USB 2.0 port on one end as well. Not to mention the Rockchip RK3288 (with quad-core Mali 760 graphics) to make your carry around PC complete. The HDMI connection also features a swiveling head, letting it plug into HDMI ports at odd angles without the need of an extension cable. Quite thoughtful of the developers, we believe.
Google Chrome’s Blog made an official announcement about the Chromebit HDMI sticks which said, “Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100. By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer. It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses.”
There’s no exact release date for the device as of yet, but it is said that it will be available for purchase in the summer of 2015 at less than $100 in UK. The prices aren’t confirmed in other countries yet. Though there are other similar devices in the market like Roku and Amazon, they lack the ability of internet browsing, use of cloud-based service, apps and website, which Chromebit offers.
It is said that the device has been developed mainly for convenient and economical computer access for schools and businesses. However, it will also be available for retail sale. With quite decent specs for such a small device, it is one innovation we all can look forward to having.