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Google Chromebit HDMI stick turns your television into a PC


Google Chromebit

Google has announced a pocket-sized computer that can turn any HDMI display into a fully functioning personal computer.

The device, manufactured by Asus and called the Chromebit, is an chocolate bar-like PC which crams the functionality of a Chromebook notebook into a HDMI dongle.

Specs wise, it has 2GB RAM, a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 16GB of storage, a USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU.

Naturally, the Chromebit will run on the Chrome OS, allowing users to access the plethora of web-based Google software and applications on any monitor.

All users will need to do is plug it into to the HDMI socket of the display and provide their own accessories, which can be connected via USB or Bluetooth.

Design wise, it’s also pretty handy with a neat hinge that enables it to fold back against the display.

Related: Google Chromecast UK review

The Chromebit, which will be the first of its kind, will arrive on the market this summer, in orange, blue and grey for under $100 (around $60). Google and Asus will be going up against the Intel Computer Stick which, for $150, runs Windows 8.1.

The device puts improves Google's ever expanding hardware empire. Alongside its Nexus smartphones and tablets and branded Android Wear watches, it now has an impressive foothold in video streaming, computing and home automation.

Last month the firm opened up an online Google Store and the company's first brick and mortar retail outlet opened up in London.

Matthew Bunton

March 31, 2015, 6:53 pm

Nice idea tech is advancing at such a pace nowadays.


March 31, 2015, 8:00 pm

On a TV I can't think why I'd go for this rather than an Android equivalent. On a monitor it might have uses, but if I've got a monitor then I've got a PC.


April 1, 2015, 8:36 am

"...is an chocolate bar-like PC..."
"...for under $100 (around $60)."
"The device puts improves Google's ever expanding hardware empire."

Yes, I know, typos and other garbage don't matter these days. Just trust the reviews and never mind the quality.

Andrew Nicholson

April 1, 2015, 10:13 am

Frankly don't care too much for the typos, it's just good to have a honest site like this providing tech news and reviews for people like me.


April 1, 2015, 3:55 pm

It is very poor and if one cannot take the time to proof read then what does this say about the review site. If this was in real print I feel the editor would be showing the author the door!

Anyway interesting concept, my only concern is there are too many HDMI dongles do different things and maybe TV's need to produce say 8 HDMI ports instead of 2-4! hehe...

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