BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Google’s Chromebit transforms any TV into a Chrome OS device you can operate easily. Google and Chromebook worked together with Asus to come up with a small and portable device that will transform any display screen that has a HDMI port into a Chrome OS-based computer.
The new device just hit markets in the United States today and can be purchased from the Google Store for the price of $85. Although it looks just like a normal USB stick the Chromebit can allow users access to a Chrome OS via any old television set or computer screen. The device has been advertised by the company as being a computer on a stick.
Chromebit is just the latest is a series of affordable computing products that have been storming the market. Customers have several options at their disposal in order to gain access to computing devices for a low price. A number of Windows 10 laptops and Chromebooks have already gone on sale with prices under $200 and Intel has also launched its Intel Compute Stick which is a similar product to the Chromebit and costs around $120 for the Windows version and even less for the Linux one.
The Chromebit announced an estimated price of $100 and managed to stick to the budget. The fact that it only costs $85 makes it a serious contender to the available products of its kind. It also functions just like other similar devices, in that it connects to any television or computer screen via the HDMI input on these devices and requires a the use of a separate mouse and keyboard that can be connected to the system by either using a USB port or Bluetooth.
The Chromebit is powered by a Rockchip 3288 chip and contains 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. Because of this limited storage space that the OS stick can offer, it was designed mainly as a cloud-based device revolving around the use of the Chrome Browser. There is also a 100GB Drive storage offered with the Chromebit for two years and users can run any web app on it so they can access and stream content form sites like Netflix or Google Play.
The product is very appealing to market segments like schools and businesses because it offers a cheap method of upgrading an existing PC. Considering that 11 percent of the world’s PCs still operate using Windows XP, it’s easy to see why Google thinks that the new Chromebit will appeal to many PC users.
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