Google's Chromebit PC-on-a-Dongle Now Available
Announced with Asus in March, the $85 Chromebit dongle can be plugged into a monitor and used with a mouse and keyboard as a Chrome PC.The $85 Asus Chromebit plug-in PC stick is now available from Google and Asus through Amazon.com and NewEgg.com for $85, giving users simple and inexpensive computer capabilities in a small and portable package. The Chromebit is an innovative computer dongle that plugs into an HDMI-equipped monitor and transforms it into a basic computer that runs the Google Chrome operating system. The Chromebit, which was announced by Google back in March, includes a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17-based Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of eMMC storage, an ARM Mali 760 quad-core graphics chip, a single USB 2.0 port, 802.11ac WiFi capabilities and Bluetooth 4.0. The device is made and marketed by Asus and is now available for preorder for $84.99 through NewEgg.com with a release date of Nov. 24. It is also for sale for $84.99 through Amazon.com, but is listed as being out of stock. The Chromebit is available for sale as of Nov. 17. The Chromebit is capable of Web browsing and other basic tasks, according to Google.
The latest dongle is Google's second such device in the last few years. In July 2013, Google unveiled its Chromecast dongle, which is a phone- and tablet-controlled dongle that lets users plug Google into their television-viewing experiences. Chromecast plugs into the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) slot on an HDTV, enabling users to direct video content to the TV via a smartphone, tablet or PC, whether it's running an operating system from Google, Apple or Microsoft. Plus, while the phone is busy "casting," it can still be used for other things, like emailing.