Though Google and ASUS took the wraps off of their new little Chrome OS computer called the Chromebit back in March, the two companies are finally ready to release it into the wild — and they're doing it at a great price, just $85. For that money you're getting a tiny stick that contains a full computer, with a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 and even a USB port. The whole thing can plug directly into the HDMI port of your favorite monitor or TV and instantly turn that screen into a full-on computer.
Of course for $85 you're not getting a keyboard or a mouse, so you'll have to provide your own Bluetooth peripherals for this stick to make it actually work for anything, but if you already have some you can use your existing equipment if you wish. Despite its low price the Chromebit offers a complete Chrome OS experience, meaning you'll be able to do everything you can do otherwise on a Chromebook or a Chromebox for that matter, albeit at a slightly slower pace on account of its middling specs.
The Chromebit will be available from a variety of retailers, with Amazon, Fry's and Newegg being the choices initially in the U.S. and several others picking up the duties elsewhere around the world. In total, the Chromebit is coming to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.
As the Chromebit becomes available at retailers, we'll be updating this post with relevant links to purchase it.