It seems portable computers in pen-drive shaped enclosures are all the rage right now, with companies releasing their own variation of Intel’s Compute Stick. However, all of these are common in that they pack in PC-class processors in tiny enclosures and run Windows.
Now, Google and ASUS have announced the Chromebit, which is a similar pendrive-shaped computer, but there’s a twist: It runs ChromeOS instead of Windows.
Here’s how it works: You plug in the HDMI side of the stick into a monitor, connect any peripherals, and bam, you have got a ChromeOS PC.
It has a 1.8Ghz Rockchip chipset, along witt 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a USB port. Now it may seem underpowered, and by raw numbers, it is underpowered, but when it comes to actual usage, ChromeOS is pretty resource-light and that’s we reckon that it won’t be a frustrating experience.
The Chromebit costs $85 and is available at major retailers across the US.
In the end, ChromeOS is a limiting OS and you can’t run any applications or games on it (Other than the Web Browser and a Media Player), but what better a limiting OS for weak limiting hardware?