The Asus Chromebit Dongle Gives Any Screen a PC Brain

The Asus Chromebit Dongle Gives Any Screen a PC Brain

The desktop computer is an endangered species. Just in the past few weeks, we have reported the arrival of an unimaginably thin laptop, and a whole family of devices which rely on a smartwatch for their processing power. In terms of everyday computing, the tower PC is near to being obsolete. But that is not to say that big-screen computing is dead — it is simply mutating. Google’s Chromecast led the way, turning any screen into a Smart TV, and now Asus wants to take things a step further. Unveiled this week, the Chromebit is effectively a $100 computer in a dongle.

The Asus Chromebit Dongle Gives Any Screen a PC Brain

The new device is compatible with any monitor or TV that has a free HDMI port, and it runs on Google’s internet-dependent operating system, Chrome OS. Indeed, the dongle houses the same Rockwell processor used in Asus’ Chromebooks, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of solid-state storage. Connectivity is provided by 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB 2.0 port at the opposite end from the HDMI jack. To control this mini PC, you need to plug in or wirelessly connect a mouse and a keyboard, but otherwise, it is completely self-contained.

The Asus Chromebit Dongle Gives Any Screen a PC Brain

The potential uses for the Chromebit are wide-ranging. Most obviously, it has the ability to turn the main TV of the house into a machine that is capable of much more than just streaming pictures from another device. Along with the full Chrome web browser, users will be able to download apps (including some with offline abilities) from the Chrome Web Store, so nearly all areas of everyday computing should be covered. This could also make the Chromebit useful in the projector-centered workplace, and as a standalone pocket PC. Asus sees use-cases in retail and advertising, too.

The Chromebit is due to launch this summer, and Asus has stated that the price will be under $100. At such a low price point, and with Google apparently gearing up for another wave of Chrome OS enthusiasm, the future for devices like this is certainly promising.

Stay tuned to Google’s Chrome Blog for updates.

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
Join the Discussion

You Might Also Like

Pike Trail Ultralight CarbonFiber Trekking Poles review: they don’t weigh you down

Pike Trail Ultralight CarbonFiber Trekking Poles review: they don’t weigh you down

When I go trekking, I want my gear to be as lightweight as possible. That way, I can cover more of the mountain during my outing. Well, I think I’ve stumbled on my next gear acquisition. These trekking poles weigh..
Cool self-care Valentine’s Day gifts to treat yourself with

Cool self-care Valentine’s Day gifts to treat yourself with

There’s no better time to show yourself a little TLC than Valentine’s Day. Yes, medical experts agree that regular attention to our physical and mental health increases motivation and gives us more energy when it’s time to be productive. So,..
Master & Dynamic MW09 review: ANC earbuds with live performance-like audio

Master & Dynamic MW09 review: ANC earbuds with live performance-like audio

Like most people these days, I’m on the go a lot. So a good pair of wireless earphones is a must for me. And that’s why I was happy to try these premium earbuds for a few days. They boast..
10 cool tech gadgets that are coming soon

10 cool tech gadgets that are coming soon

If you like to stay ahead of the trends and know what new gadgets are on the horizon—months before their release—you’re in for a treat. We’ve got a sneak peek of the hottest, most exclusive tech gadgets coming soon. From..
Innovative AI gadgets coming up in 2024

Innovative AI gadgets coming up in 2024

Is your newsfeed full of articles about AI and the products that use it? Then you know AI is poised to drastically change how we work and live in ways we still don’t know. And that’s fascinating! In the meantime,..
Campfire Audio Orbit review: the everyday earbuds with a fun, sonic profile

Campfire Audio Orbit review: the everyday earbuds with a fun, sonic profile

Are you searching for audiophile-quality earbuds that you can use every day? Then check out the Campfire Audio Orbit. These TWS earbuds transmit realistic sound without the need for DSP. When listening to music or taking calls on the go,..