Chromebit: How it makes TV work like a PC?
Asus is known for pioneering many devices. At times it succeeds and many a times it fails. But no one can take the credit of its efforts away from it.
But you wouldnâ€™t have thought of getting hold of a dongle-based PC. This is not just a PC but much more and I am sure many people are going to love it immensely.
There is no denying the fact that Google is working really hard on its own PC operating system, namely Chrome OS. The company is going to use its predominant position in smartphone and tablet market to its advantage in the PC and laptop market as well.
The latest product from Asus is none other than Chromebitâ€”a dongle-based PC. To many people the Chromebit looks a USB drive lookalike besides of course Googleâ€™s Chromecast media-streaming dongle. Nonetheless inside this little dongle, the device has specifications that are similar to the laptops and desktop PCs that run the Chrome OS.
Manufactured by Asus, the inexpensive Chromebit comes with Rockchipâ€™s 3288 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and ARM Mali 760 quad-core graphics. When it comes to port, you are not going to miss anything. The Chromebit has two portsâ€”an HDMI and a USB. The former is for connecting it to an external display, such as a TV or a monitor. The USB 2.0 port can be used to power the dongle.
You have freedom to connect keyboards through Bluetooth. The search giant has designed the HDMI plug in such a way that a major part of the dongle can be twisted using the integrated hinge, and hidden out of view behind a TV.
As far as the deviceâ€™s usefulness is concerned, it is going to be a dream come true for frequent travellers, who can easily plug this into their hotel room TV and start working. This takes up literally no space, is simple to set up and use, and has more than enough power for most basic computing tasks. What makes the Chromebit attractive is the priceâ€”it will cost less than $100 (around Rs.6,260) when it goes on sale this summer, though we are yet to hear about which countries will be able to buy it first.