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.
“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.
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.