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If you need an on-the-fly computer or cannot afford a traditional desktop or notebook, Google may have just the right answer for you.

Unveiled Tuesday, the new Chromebit is a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer on a stick that plugs right into your TV or any HDMI-enabled display.

Similar to a plethora of inexpensive Android computers on HDMI-enabled thumb sticks, the Chromebit is just as portable as it is functional. It comes in your choice of three colors and is priced under $100.

The Asus-made device will launch this summer, said Google.

“Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100,” explains the firm. Of course, you’ll need to bring your own display, keyboard and mouse in order to actually use your Chromebit.

Here’s another look at it, via Gizmodo.

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“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.”

In addition to the Chromebit, Google has refreshed its lineup of Chrome OS devices with some new Chromebooks from Haier and Hisense starting at just $149 and the first convertible Chromebook, the Asus-made Chromebook Flip.

An all-metal convertible, the Chromebook Flip is 15mm thin, weighs less than two pounds, has a built-in keyboard and a touchscreen.

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Amazon is taking pre-orders for the $149 Haier Chromebook. The $149 Hisense Chromebook is available from Walmart. Each has sixteen gigabytes of flash storage, two gigabytes of RAM expandable to sixteen gigabytes, 11.6-inch LED backlit 1366 x 768 screen, all-day battery life and ships on Friday, April 17.

The Chromebook Flip will be available for $249 this spring.

Source: Google

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Whats this stick is Chrome OS pregnant. I must know the suspense is killing me. = )

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      English isn’t your best language.

      • White Michael Jackson

        LMAO

    • Antzboogie

      Chromebit has amazing potential. Chromecast is amazing as well and it is definitely better then the Apple TV. I can’t wait to get one!

      • Rowan09

        Chromecast is better than the Apple TV? I don’t know if I would go that far but to each its own. I don’t see this having much potential especially for third world countries as they are stating in the article. Someone would need to own a HD and if they own a HD tv they can afford a PC. This gadget is basically a phone on the TV screen so I really don’t see the need for this device. Google fails horribly at all their streaming devices (besides chromecast sales wise), even the Nexus player is the dud.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        I love chromecast myself. Just poking fun a the look of this product.

  • pauleebe

    Are Chromebooks still a thing?

  • Maxim∑

    what the hell is a “rockchip” processor. Another POS?

    • TechLove

      I still don’t know the use of chromebooks! Like 150 dollars for a browser !? Lol.
      Even funnier, the chromebook pixel. A 1200 dollar browser.

    • Ever heard of Google search (http://bit. ly/1INRRUt)? It’s that easy…

  • iPodDroid

    Personally, Chromebooks are NOT for me, I personally see them for the consumers who can’t really afford Windows/Mac and just need the basic needs. But that’s just me

    • Only problem is, if you can afford a Chromebook, you can afford a Windows PC. Especially one like the HP Stream 11 $199, or HP Stream 8 $99.

      • Dan

        Yeah I’m really looking forward to the HP Stream, I’ll add some RAM and use it to run XBMC. Right now I’m using a laptop, but the stream will be easier to tuck behind my TV.

      • Rowan09

        You can just use the Fire TV or stick for Kodi if you want, that’s what I use now.

      • Dan

        Doesn’t work for me. I have an external enclosure that has 4x 3Tb drives of hd media. Needs an actual computer to be detected. Reason why I stopped using my ouya.

    • Dan

      It’s useful for people who just want to do simply task. I personally would find it too restrictive, but they are good to check email, broswe the internet, they boot up really fast too.

    • Kurt

      Chromebooks are not made for people that would come to this site. Not for techies…but they are increasingly being bought up by schools. A lot of people who benefit from them are people who don’t know much about computers. If something goes wrong, you can reset everything easily and your ready to go. I for one, will stick to Windows 8.1 love it.

  • Jacob S

    Made by who? A crap company that never stand behind their products? ASUS is a company that makes shining products with whole different look when you approach them for warranty repairs.

    • Dan

      I’ve been using Asus products/parts for years, never had a problem.

      • Jacob S

        I neither had for years until I faced an issue and wants to claim warranty!

  • Andy

    I still don’t see the point in Chromebooks, if you just want to browse the web and view/edit some occasional documents, you can literally do that on any device.

    • Tim Foerster

      I think that’s the point. If you just want to browse the web, you don’t need an expensive device. Chromebooks are just affordable.
      I don’t see the point for most people though, because most people have a computer or tablet already and they’ll just use that for internet browsing.

      • Except, if that’s all you want, you could EASILY find a Windows PC that costs the same or even less, like the HP Stream, $99.

      • Dan

        you can carry around the chromebook though, not the PC 😉

  • FreeGreezyDoe

    Im good with tails on a flash drive chrome OS sucks