Chromebit was initially revealed by Google long back in this March. Finally it came to market last day as a joint product manufactured by Google and ASUS. Google is behind the idea of Chromebit, while the dongle is manufactured by ASUS. The Chromebit HDMI dongle could turn any compatible display into fully functional personal computer loaded with Chrome OS. This makes the device to function like a Chromebook, which functions with low end specifications but meets high level customer expectations at much low cost.But if you insist on buying Chromebit, I would like to warn you. Since I mentioned that it makes your display to function like Chromebook, like Chromebooks, Chromebit also suffers certain limitations.You have to accept the fact that Chromebit is not as powerful as the Intel Core i7 chips but can perform certain basic functions as a personal computer is meant to be. The cost of Chromebit makes it even cheaper than a full-fledged smartphone. I want to focus on the positive side of Chromebit that you are able to have a Chromebit dongle at a price which is alsmost much lower than a mid-range smartphone of any company.
Configuration of Chromebit
The Chromebit looks like a candy stick in size with a weight of 75grams. The stick is integrated with Rockchip ARM 3288 processor supported by Mali 760 GPU graphics. This stick is loaded with a RAM of 2GB, but has a limited storage capacity of 16GB. This Chromebit stick also supports WiFi with 802.11ac bandwidth, Bluetooth of v4.0 and also loaded with USB port of v2.0. This stick can be easily connected to the display of your choice and start enjoying the experience of using personal computer loaded with basic features.
What it cannot do
As I mentioned above that the device suffers certain limitations. One such imitation is that the OS will not be able to load multiple tabs, all at a time. The OS is also not capable of playing high resolution video files on the device. Also you may face constraints to load games with high quality graphics, even though the stick is loaded with graphics support. The device comes independently and not with mouse and keyboard, which you may have to purchase in addition to enjoy the full-fledged use of a personal computer.
Pricing and Availability
The Chromebit stick is available for a price of $85, which is clearly much less than any high end smartphone devices. The device is set to rock and roll in the markets of the countries like United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Norway, New Zealand and Japan. The retailers that signed to carry the device includes Amazon, Newegg and Fry’s.