The power of Chrome is headed to a pocket near you. ASUS and Google are finally bringing users the power of Chrome to a HDMI PC stick that will fit in your pocket for the affordable price of $85. The ASUS Chromebit is everything you think it might be, and possibly somethings you wish it wasn’t. It brings the same user experience you would gain on any Chromebook, and makes it a bit more portable. All you need is access to a power plug and monitor or TV with a HDMI port.
The Chromebit isn’t a monster gaming stick, but should be able to handle most daily browsing, social media, Google Doc and Chrome experience things. It is powered by a Rockchip ARM RK3288-C processor with 2GB of RAM and sports 16GB of internal storage. Much like a lot of Chromebooks. The web access is handled by 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connections while your keyboard and mouse can be paired up with Bluetooth 4.0. It also offers up a USB port that could be used for more traditional keyboards and mice or other compatible devices.
If you end up picking one up you get the ASUS Chromebit, a 1-foot HDMI cable and the power block to make it all work in the box. For $85 it might worth giving it a run. It will be available through Amazon, Fry’s and Newegg to start off in the U.S., but isn’t appearing just yet in searches on any of them. Other parts of the globe, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the U.K. will all be seeing the Chromebit in due time.