ASUS Chromebit review

It's been long enough since the concept of a Chromebit was unveiled in March 2015 that it may have faded from many people's memory. But Google and ASUS are very much still interested in this fourth form factor to run Chrome OS — following in the footsteps of Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases.

As the "bit" name leads you to think, this is the smallest fully functional Chrome OS computer to date. It's a small stick with a built-in HDMI plug that can work with any monitor or TV you find, and packs enough power for basic computing tasks when paired up with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It doesn't have the ports or power of a full-blown Chromebox, but it's also decidedly more portable and versatile — and at $85, the price is certainly compelling.

But does the Chromebit offer a good enough value to be worth buying? Read our full review and find out.

About this review

I (Andrew Martonik) am writing this review after a week using the ASUS Chromebit with a Logitech K810 keyboard (opens in new tab) and Logitech M535 mouse (opens in new tab). Chrome OS was kept up to date throughout the duration of the review.

ASUS Chromebit

Unassuming computing power

ASUS Chromebit Hardware

This full-computer-in-a-stick thing is hardly a new idea, with Intel's Compute Stick being the most recognizable version — but the same type of device has been available from various manufacturers running either Windows or Android for some time. We're just now reaching the point where a computer this small can pack enough power to actually run a full desktop operating system at a proper pace, though, while also keeping the size small enough to create an interestingly portable device.

The Chromebit is an unassuming little stick, just under 5 inches long and not even an inch and a half wide, with just two ports on it — a USB port on the end for peripherals, and a barrel-style power connector. The end opposite the USB port has a removable cap that reveals a male HDMI connector, so the whole stick can plug directly into a monitor or TV. There isn't anything else to say about the hardware quality or design really. It's a hard plastic stick — available in two colors — that's simple and inconspicuous enough to be placed anywhere, though it's so small you aren't likely to have issues hiding it.

The included power adapter is about the size of your average tablet wall plug and has an integrated cable that's around 4 feet long. Unlike the Chromecast the Chromebit needs more power than a standard USB port (or MHL-capable HDMI port) can offer and so you'll always need this power brick. That's unavoidable, and at least ASUS has kept the power brick size down to be somewhat proportionate to the Chromebit's size. Just know that there's more involved here than just the stick itself.

The simple design gets the job done, and it's easy to hide if you give it some thought.

The same can be said about getting the Chromebit plugged into your monitor or TV of choice. Though it has an integrated HDMI connector there are likely to be thickness issues preventing you from plugging it directly into the HDMI port you want — it fit (albeit snugly) behind my TV, but it didn't stand a chance fitting behind my 27-inch ASUS computer monitor. There's a foot-long HDMI extension cable (just like the Chromecast) in the box just for this reason, and you'll likely need it. Even if the Chromebit does fit into your HDMI port of choice you may opt for the extension cable either way, as it can easily block adjacent ports, and it's tough to reach the sole USB port on the Chromebit when it's stuck behind a monitor or TV.

But you don't have to have the Chromebit just dangling about off of your display, you can actually mount it however you'd like with the included hook-and-loop (i.e. velcro) pads included in the box (or feel free to bring your own temporary sticky home improvement solution). A pair of little circular pads can be stuck on the back of the Chromebit and subsequently on the table, or bezel, or back (or wherever) of the display to neaten things up a bit. The power cable also has a velcro strap on the cable to help with managing excess coils.

ASUS Chromebit

Chromebook, but in a stick

ASUS Chromebit Specs

So what do you get inside this tiny computer? Considering its size, ASUS actually fits quite a bit of power into this little stick. Not surprisingly it's built on the same platform as the last two Chromebooks from ASUS, with the same processor, RAM and storage as the ASUS Chromebook Flip — but obviously jammed in a much smaller size.

It also supports 802.11ac Wifi, which is particularly important if you plan to use the Chromebit behind a TV for media streaming, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 for those wireless peripherals that you'll want to use with the Chromebit as well.

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CategorySpecification
Operating SystemChrome OS
ProcessorRockchip RK3288-C
Mali T764 quad-core GPU
Storage16GB eMMC
RAM2GB LPDDR3L
NetworkDual-band 802.11 ac Wifi, 2.4 and 5 GHz, 2x2 spatial streams
ConnectivityHDMI out
1x USB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0 BR/EDR/LE
Smart Ready controller
Power12V, 1.5A, 18W adapter
Proprietary connector
Dimensions123 x 31 x 17 mm
Weight75 g
ColorsCacao Black, Tangerine Orange

ASUS Chromebit

What you get for $85

The experience

The goal of the Chromebit is having a compact, inexpensive and simple computer that can quickly be plugged into any monitor or TV to turn it into a computing platform. The Chromebit boots up as soon as it's connected to power, and once you get it into an HDMI port that monitor is now a Chrome OS computer. The simplicity of Chrome OS makes it insanely easy to go from a fully-sealed Chromebit box to a functional computer in about five minutes. The only real hangup here is the keyboard and mouse situation.

There's no included keyboard or mouse, and you may spend as much as the Chromebit itself on a good set.

My Chromebit review unit was supplied with a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but the Chromebit doesn't include either in its $85 price. That can be a tad deceiving for the basic user Chrome OS devices are targeted at, as any Bluetooth keyboard and mouse worth your time are going to pair up to being about the cost of the Chromebit itself. In fact, the nice keyboard and mouse I was provided with sell for $140 together — $55 more than the Chromebit. Chrome OS does a fine job booting up and immediately looking for available Bluetooth devices, so you'll be able to switch over a current keyboard or mouse you have — but my hope is that ASUS makes it very clear that you'll want to buy a keyboard and mouse at the same time as your Chromebit purchase. Google says it plans to offer some sort of keyboard and mouse bundles for the holidays, as you can often find with Chromeboxes, and I think that'd be a wise choice.

You can also choose to use a USB keyboard and mouse, but not only does that kind of defeat the purpose of a compact "hidden" computer, it's also rather difficult. Since the Chromebit has just one USB port you'll have to use a USB hub, and since the USB port can only offer about 500 mA of power it'll need to be a powered USB hub. That means more wires and yet another power adapter plugged into this little stick. At that point, you're far better off just snagging a Chromebox with the number of USB ports you need.

It's painless to set up, and performance is good enough for casual use.

But back to the experience. If you've planned ahead and have a pair of Bluetooth peripherals at the ready the on-boarding process of Chrome OS is unchanged from a Chromebox — you'll just connect to Wifi and enter your Google Account, and you're off to the races. If you've used Chrome OS before you'll be familiar with the interface, but honestly if you've only ever spent time in Windows you'll feel right at home as well. Navigation is simple, integration with your Google Account is wonderful, there are a few good apps from the Chrome Web Store, and when it comes down to it you have a very capable Chrome browser to work with. Chrome OS is a known quantity by now, and it has actually matured nicely in the last year.

You shouldn't expect the world out of this little Chromebit considering the constraints of its hardware. The ARM processor and 2GB of RAM can only do so much, and if you've spent any amount of time with a Chromebook you'll know what I mean. If you haven't, just be ready for things to be a bit slower than your $600 desktop or $800 laptop you use on a regular basis. This same processor is actually quite capable in the ASUS Chromebook Flip when paired with 4GB of RAM, but with 2GB on board (and some heat constraints) here things are a bit tight. Just remember that in the end this is an $85 computer.

Using it on a TV

Google and ASUS are actually pretty strongly positioning the Chromebit as a device that can be used behind a TV in an entertainment capacity, so I spent some time with this setup to see how it compared to your other options. Chrome OS works fine on the big screen with a wireless keyboard and mouse back with you on the couch, provided you don't plan on managing a bunch of windows or doing a ton of fine mousing around. It was fine for snapping Tweetdeck to one side of the screen and a news site on the other and reading casually, and most importantly in this capacity it handled 1080p YouTube and Netflix without an issue as well.

The one issue I had here was with my Bluetooth mouse dropping some performance with the Chromebit connected to my TV about 10 feet away. Perhaps on account of the other devices back there or the TV itself my mouse was just a little laggy, which is just odd. As I'll speak to below, I had no such issues when I plugged it into my monitor back at my desk.

As to how well the Chromebit stacks up against a more purpose-built entertainment box, I'm not sure it compares favorably. There's definitely something to be said for being able to just go full-screen on any web content you can find, but it also means that you're going to have a keyboard and mouse in your lap trying to navigate around to find what you want. It's doable, and if you plan to do things other than just consume media it may be a good option, but purely as a media streamer you're going to be far better served by a Chromecast, Android TV box, Roku or Fire TV.

Using it on a desk

But what if you want to just use the Chromebit as a computer in a typical desk setting? Well, this predictably works quite well. Plug it into the wall, plug into the back of a monitor, and you're good to go. Chrome OS is made for this type of operating distance far more than it's made for a lean-back TV experience, and once you get everything set up how you like it you wouldn't know that there's a Chromebit or a Chromebox back behind your monitor.

Once I was all set up, I could easy get my usual work done on the Chromebit with about a dozen tabs open at any given time, but things did get a bit sluggish here and there especially when I was streaming music or concurrently reloading multiple tabs. That's not unlike using a lower-end ARM-powered Chromebook, which makes sense, but one difference I did notice was heat — after a few hours of use the Chromebit sitting on my desk was almost too hot to touch, which is a bit unsettling. It's also still considerably slower than the less size- and power-constrained Chromeboxes out there with Intel chips and more RAM, which you'd expect but won't be too happy about if you're actually trying to get a lot done on this thing.

Another place where the Chromebit just can't replace a dedicated desktop system is in ports. The one USB port is nice to have if you just need to occasionally plug in an SD card reader, a webcam, or even to slowly charge up your phone — but as I noted earlier things really start to get hairy if you need to plug in a USB hub to get all of your necessary peripherals set up. At that point your Chromebit setup is going to be considerably more complicated than just buying a Chromebox that ships with four or five USB ports on it, not to mention the power upgrades of doing so.

ASUS Chromebit

Where it makes sense

Who and what it's for

The entire time using this capable little Chromebit, I was trying to think of who exactly it's for and what they'd want to do with it. I've spent tons of time with Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, and it's easy to see what those simple yet powerful machines can be used for. As computers for casual users, the education market and small businesses they really make sense. Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are cheap, easy to set up and have minimal maintenance costs (both from a time and money standpoint). The funny thing about the Chromebit is that it's actually more complicated than a Chromebook, and even a Chromebox in some situations.

It's actually more complicated than a Chromebook, and even a Chromebox in some situations.

Having to plug in this little stick is pretty simple, but when you have to bring your own display, keyboard and mouse to the party things get slightly more complicated for the target audience of a basic computer like this. Add in potentially needing a USB hub to connect other accessories and peripherals, and you're starting to lose out on the "simplicity" of the Chromebit.

Of course having such a small computer means you could theoretically move it around, like if you move between multiple homes or travel a lot, but again when you add in needing to bring a keyboard and mouse with you that kind of falls apart as well. A Chromebook would likely serve you better in that situation.

For a super casual user — perhaps a student or a young child — the Chromebit may be a bit more confusing than simply buying a sub-$200 Chromebook that's an all-in-one machine that doesn't take any sort of configuration. No matter how "portable" the Chromebit is, it'll never be as simple to carry around and use as a laptop. And hey, you can always plug your Chromebook into a monitor or TV over HDMI.

If the Chromebit isn't going to be moved around and will just sit on a desk or in an entertainment center, you'll be better off with a Chromebox instead. A Chromebox bundle with a keyboard and mouse can be had for around $200, or the box itself with no peripherals won't set you back more than $150 — and the experience is just going to be better. If you still don't want to provide your own display, an all-in-one Chromebase could be a better bet, again at an affordable price.

ASUS Chromebit

Cheap, capable and looking for a market

ASUS Chromebit: The bottom line

Chrome OS comes in several different forms now, and the Chromebit is one of the most intriguing. The idea of having an $85 stick with a complete computer inside that can turn any HDMI-equipped display into a capable computer is extremely cool, and one that surprisingly works well if you have your expectations of what it can accomplish in check. The real issue here is that the Chromebit doesn't actually handle any specific computing need better than the other Chrome OS offerings out there today.

Sure the Chromebit is portable, but it's never as easy to carry around and use as a small Chromebook is once you factor in the necessary cables and peripherals. The Chromebit is powerful enough to be used daily at a desk by less-than-demanding users, but it doesn't offer the same power and expandability of a Chromebox. When plugged into a TV it opens up the entire Internet to your big screen, but the experience of finding and switching between content isn't as desirable as a dedicated media box.

Should you buy it? It's hard to say

When it comes down to it, we're not talking about an expensive computer purchase here. At $85 the Chromebit is a pretty inexpensive device, and even cheaper if you factor in the "Chrome Goodies" like free movie rentals and 100GB of Google Drive space for two years.

At this price, you can take a chance with it if you have a situation in mind that you think it'd be a good fit for — you just have to be realistic about what it can offer. For all but the simplest of users the Chromebit just isn't a good choice considering you can buy a more powerful and versatile Chromebox for not much more money, or a Chromebook for a student or child who needs a portable device. At the same time the Chromebit isn't a great entertainment device to plug into your TV if all you want it for is streaming media — there are dedicated devices that can handle it better.

If you just need a simple device that can occasionally move around and turn various screens into full-on computers for short periods, it seems like the ASUS Chromebit is for you — and if it turns out to not be the right computer for your needs, at least you're only out $85 in the end.

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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

80 Comments
  • I'll wait and see how much the Intel compute stick refresh with skylake will be. I like the idea of plugging one of these into my TV, but if I can get more power... Well, who wouldn't want that? :)
  • +1 Priv screen goes up.
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  • It is a nice little pocket device, good travel option Posted via the Android Central App
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  • I'm not so sure it is a good travel option, relative to a laptop...
  • I assume it supports Google Cast...?
  • Cast to it? I doubt it as you can't cast to chomebook. Why cast from it? you are already on the TV.
  • No, it's not a cast target, just like a Chromebook/Chromebox isn't a cast target.
  • You should be able to watch the videos in the Chrome tabs already on the screen. Unless do you mean connect it to your phone to cast, which I don't think can be done. Honestly, with a chromecast you can cast the chrome app on your TV and do the same thing without a chome dongle, and cast the videos to it as well. Chrome bit is useless since the function can be mimicked with chromecast.
  • TL;DR - Pay a bit more and get the Flip.
  • Total Loser; Definitely Rude - Thanks for letting us know.
  • But true... Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • U can speak truth without being an ass Posted via the Android Central App
  • I want to live in a world where a 250% price difference is a bit more.
  • Andrew will this be able to play all on demand video services like 4od, demand 5,itv etc with out compatibility issues ie flash, silver light etc. I think this could be a good replacement in the UK for chromecast because chromecast has barley any UK demand service support other than BBC I player. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well you'll have to make sure that the content you want to watch can be watched in a Chrome browser, and if it is, then you'd be good to go. There's no Silverlight because that's not on Chrome OS (and that's going away anyways) ... but anything that's flash you'll be good to go.
  • "At $85 the Chromebit is a pretty inexpensive device, and even cheaper if you factor in the "Chrome Goodies" like free movie rentals and 100GB of Google Drive space for two years." Maybe worth it just for that!
  • Not really fond of the barrel style power cord. Would be much happier if they had gone with micro USB to make it more easily replaceable.
  • I understand why they did it though, considering you won't be able to find many Micro USB wall plugs out there that can give this thing 18W of power. It needs more than any other charger you likely have.
  • This review screams DO NOT BUY IT!
  • How's the audio/sound setup when connected to a tv and monitor w/o speakers?
  • You just get audio via HDMI. Standard stuff.
  • The HDMI sends the audio to the monitor, but a monitor with no speakers will produce no sounds. I think that was the question, and the reason it makes it hard to consider this as a real "cheap PC" just by plugging it into an old monitor. No audio output, no real life use.
  • An old monitor isn't going to have HDMI in the first place. If this is an issue, there are adapters that will give audio out from HDMI. I have seen people use them for Chromecast.
  • I'd think any sort of monitor that has HDMI will have speakers. But if it doesn't, then yeah, you wouldn't go with this.
  • Have you tried using Chrome Remote Desktop so that you can use your phone as a mouse and keyboard? This device is interesting to me, but I don't want another remote (mouse) to lose in the couch or keyboard for my cat to walk across while I'm trying to watch video on the web.
  • Yeah, if I could use my Android tablet as the keyboard and mouse to this, then it seems like a pretty viable alternative to using a Chromecast that gives me access to more content (e.g. watching TV shows that only stream directly from the network's website)..
  • Does Chrome Remote Desktop connect via Bluetooth or over WiFi? It seems like it would have to work over Bluetooth to be really useful. Otherwise, you'd still have to connect a BT kb/mouse in order to configure the Chromebit's WiFi. At which point it kind of defeats the purpose. Especially if you're carrying the Chromebit while traveling and trying to use it on a hotel room TV (for example).
  • Connects over the internet. There would be some lag, but for watching video that is not available on mobile I don't thing I'd mind much.
  • I'm more interested in an Android tablet app that would save me needing to buy a BT keyboard and mouse at all.
  • You missed his point, without a BT keyboard and mouse you won't be able to connect this to a WiFi network. I suppose if you just do it once and don't move it between locations it could work after being setup.
  • Why couldn't you use a USB keyboard to connect to wifi and then use RD? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Once done, couldn't you also use a WiFi keyboard and mouse rather than a Bluetooth? I already have them and IIRC they're cheaper than a comparable BT model.
  • That's a good point. Should be feasible. Especially if I also configure it at the same time to auto connect to my hotspot, for when I'm traveling.
  • Unfortunately the Chrome Remote Desktop mobile app does not allow you to remote control Chrome OS devices, only full PCs, that is supposed to change in the future though. HOWEVER, the Intel Compute Stick that runs Windows is the same price and will do exactly what you want: first let the stick connect to your phone's wifi hotspot, that way you can remote in to set up the local wifi without a keyboard and mouse.
  • Sure, but how does the ComputeStick connect to my phone AP without my first having a kb/mouse connected to it to configure the WiFi settings on the ComputeStick? And, really, the objective is to be able to carry the Chromebit/ComputeStick around and use it anywhere, on whatever WiFi is available, without having to carry a physical kb/mouse around. An app for a phone or tablet that implemented the BT kb and mouse profiles (whatever they are) so that the phone or tablet connected to the chromestick just like a BT kb/mouse would be ideal.
  • You connect it to the wifi hotspot one time during setup, it will always remember and connect automatically after that...the bluetooth also requires initial setup anyways so you would need a wired keyboard and mouse at least one time either way. When you show up somewhere new, you turn on the stick and it connects to your hotspot by itself, then you remote in and enter the password for the wifi at that specific location. The remote desktop session would then disconnect only momentarily as internet connections change. Chrome Remote works well enough that you can keep your eyes on the TV and use the phone/tablet as a trackpad only, until you need to enter text
  • "...the bluetooth also requires initial setup anyways so you would need a wired keyboard and mouse at least one time either way" Is that for the ComputeStick, the Chromebit, or both? The review of the Chromebit says that it boots up and does a "fine job" of detecting nearby BT devices - implying that you never need a wired keyboard and mouse. Anyway, the idea of using a USB kb to set it up to connect to my hotspot, then using that to connect to the Chromebit to configure a local WiFI AP is probably workable enough. But, a BT kb/mouse emulator app for Android should would make this and a lot of Smart TVs or TV boxes a lot simpler/cheaper to use.
  • You can do it, but it's going to depend on the speed of your home network, and the Chromebit itself isn't all that speedy for handling remote desktop. Honestly it's easier to just have a physical keyboard and mouse on your couch, as much as that's annoying.
  • I used BlueBoard to use my phone as a BT keyboard on the OUYA, but it had a companion app that ran on the OUYA if my memory serves me right. Are there any similar apps that allow you to use your phone as Bluetooth keyboard or mouse for this purpose? Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • If you get your foot between the front and rear legs, you can fwing a cat a pretty good distance.
    No worries, they land on their feet.
  • I'd go for the infocus kangaroo especially at this pricepoint. i've seen them down to $85 with a discount on a deal website that is very slick.
  • I purchased this 2 weeks ago and I love this thing. Full Windows 10 home on my 55inch TV or 27 inch monitor, or anything with an hdmi input. Posted via the Android Central App
  • i would've bought one if i was in the market for one because it seems to fit all of my multimedia needs. Too many gadgets and devices already laying around to justify buying another one.
  • It's tiresome only hearing about installing it... so many cables, extensions, hubs, peripherals, velcros??... and then carry them all to some other location to achieve "portability"... Cool concept, ugly implementation.
  • How does it handle this lagfest of a website? Not great, I'm guessing.
  • When the price drops to 50, it might be something worth looking at.
    Not using standard micro USB kills any interest I might have had.
  • Cheapskate
  • Standard Micro USB for what? Charging? The issue there is power — the Chromebit needs 18W out of its brick, and most wall chargers you have out there aren't going to be able to provide it. I could see if you were complaining about not having USB-C ... MAYBE, but it's entirely understandable that this has its own connector.
  • With USB-C this thing would be well over $100. They have to milk that cow till its dry.
  • With the way technology is moving between this and computer sticks, I don't why people feel compelled to buy smart TVs. I hate chromebooks but would buy this for the TV. Priv screen goes up.
  • Smart TVs are so obnoxious. Why pay extra for native smart functionality that will see few and infrequent updates when you can get a regular TV and add a Chromecast or Apple TV, and then upgrade those as you see fit for years to come? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly Priv screen goes up.
  • I agree but it seems like EVERY tv is a smart tv now. I go to the store and that's all I see. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I won't buy it. I refuse to buy. Priv screen goes up.
  • While it's not Bluetooth, this wouldn't be half bad with a $20 Logitech K400 keyboard / trackpad on the ottoman, leaving the unifying receiver plugged in the USB port. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I already have a ChromeCast. If I got this it would just be for watching HULU on my TV without HULU plus. I saw Netflix and YouTube were used but what about HULU or TV network websites??? (Like NBC.com)
  • This device makes no sense whatsoever — it's required lots of upfront costs (keyboard, mouse) and ChromeOS cannot handle even the most common multimedia :-/ It's like having a 42' browser that just laughs in your face.
  • How does it work with Hangouts? Using the USB for Webcam?
  • USB webcam works fine, you'll just need to have one with a built-in mic. Hangouts is a tad sluggish if you're doing anything else on the computer at the same time, but it works.
  • This pull-quote is misleading and disingenuous. "There's no included keyboard or mouse, and you may spend as much as the Chromebit itself on a good set." Spending $16.99 for the Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 from Amazon would be more than adequate for 99% of the target market. This is not going to be your main productivity center, it's a cheap way of turning a spare screen into a half decent computer. On that basis it's terrific value.
  • I haven't had much luck WITH Bluetooth on my ASUS Chromeboo. I wonder if this chromebit would work ok with a Logitech Unifying receiver rather than bluetooth keyboard? They make a nice compact keyboard touchpad combo perfect for this application.
  • Ugh. Rockchip!!! Why not Intel Bay Trail Asus? Yet this thing cost $85 when the Nexus Player was $99 with a 64 bit processor, 4 times as much internal storage AND A VOICE REMOTE. I am calling "shenanigan" (very old South Park reference) on a bluetooth keyboard/mouse needing to cost $140 ... on Amazon full sized backlit bluetooth keyboards with accompanying mice run about $40, and decent ones with the bluetooth dongle (that can either plug directly into a 2.0 port or do not need a powered USB hub) are as little as $20. As I stated on my long "ChromeOS is a failure" rant, this is the form factor that Android TV should have been ... or at least should have been offered as an option ESPECIALLY AFTER AMAZON CAME OUT WITH THEIR OWN STREAMING STICK. Or it could have been the form factor for a full-on Android computer. You know, similar to the Jide Remix Mini. Which will cost as little as $50 and come with a forked version of Android that includes the - gasp! - multi windows and full-featured browser that apparently the most brilliant, well-funded engineering teams at Google are having OH SO MUCH TROUBLE getting right. Sure, it is an Allwinner SOC but that shows that Google could have and should have been able to do much better. Put Google Cast Receiver and the Android TV launcher on it ... you got an Android TV dongle for $50. And put an Intel or even MediaTEK SOC on it: $65-$75. Switch out the Android TV launcher with (I don't know) the Nova Launcher and you have yourself the Android PC that Google says (through informal but purposeful leaks) we MAY get in the new mashed up ChromeDroidOS in 2017. Until then, we get junk like this where Google flails around to justify the continued existence of ChromeOS when everything that ChromeOS does can be done better by Android or at least Android with a full Chrome browser (for things like this, and Chromebooks and Chromeboxes and Chromebases and Chrome enterprise conferencing hardware/software) or Android Brillo (for Chromecast which really just requires Brillo running Google Cast Receiver and the OnHub Router which merely requires straight Brillo). Dump ChromeOS and come out with a commercial distribution of Ubuntu for your educational and enterprise laptops and desktops (with a suite of productivity software to boot instead of just rarely meaningfully updated Google Docs). You know, what Xiaomi is doing. http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/10/xiaomis-upcoming-laptop-might-sh... As a matter of fact, Google should just full on adopt the Xiaomi business model. You know, a company that actually sells their phones in large numbers instead of failing for years with their Nexus and Android One lines like Google. And a company whose Internet and mobile services actually make big money ... enough to actually subsidize their hardware. Xiaomi's movie sales/rental/streaming business actually makes tons of cash where even Google bribing their customers with free content can't drag people away from iTunes, Amazon Prime and Netflix. Even most people who own Android phones and tablets don't know that you can buy/rent movies, music, books etc. through the Google Play Store because Google doesn't tell them! Too cheap to run real ad campaigns they are! They need Samsung and LG to promote their own product for them! Ugh. Google needs to hire Hugo Barra back from Xiaomi so they can A) start selling good products instead of stuff like this and like the Nexus Player and first generation Android Wear (which was brutal) or first/second/third generation ChromeOS and B) actually start advertising, promoting and selling them. But hey, we are talking about a company that had a good, promising cross-platform communications service in Google Voice that was better than anything else anyone had at the time but A) never promoted it even as they were selling Android and ChromeOS devices and B) replaced it with a decidedly inferior "Google Hangouts" so they could tie messaging into their Google+ social network only to C) largely abandon meaningful improvements to Hangouts when Google+ failed. (banging head against the wall)
  • Maybe they built it just because they could. But I was surprised they didn't vent the case. And you can buy keyboard/mouse combos that share one USB dongle. I'm using one on my Remix Mini.
  • I picked up one of these that runs windows 10 for $125 from Newegg and keep it in my backpack along with a micro kb/mouse combo. Lets me do anything I need as long as I have a monitor pretty much anywhere.
  • If it supports Kodi, I'd be interested.... but doubt it will since Chromebook does not..
  • It doesn't support anything that any other Chrome OS device doesn't.
  • hmm... Still trying to decided if I should get this or a chromebox. I have an old monitor and even a bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo that I don't use. I just want to play with Chrome OS more than anything. I have never used it and always wanted to try it out.
  • For just playing around with Chrome OS, this is probably a better choice just so you save the money not going with a Chromebox. But if you do decide on the Chromebit, make sure you know the limitations of not having ports, and having a bit of a slower experience.
  • Can I play Star Wars Battlefront with this device
  • Lol.
  • This has tons of potential. I can easily see this being used as a travel "computer". It definitely needs more work to be a mass appeal type of device, but I can see great things coming from this idea.
  • Any decent tablet beats this, in my opinion. This is a solution looking for a problem.
  • Hope they can get ubuntu on this quickly! Interested in installing EmulationStation on this and have it hidden behind the tv.
  • I've been waiting on the chromebit since it was released. I am a teacher and my school is 1:1 with chromebooks. Our classrooms have LCD Screens that we currently have to plug our chromebooks into via hdmi cables if we wish to display it. I am hoping that the chromebit has enough power to run basic chrome operations like docs and slides. This will allow me to move around the room and not be tied to the screen by wires. Will the chromebit fit these needs and occaisonal web browsing on a large display (70")?
  • Looks like it will work. Give it a try!
  • Seems to me that combined with an inexpensive wireless keyboard/touchpad combo like the Logitech K400 ($40 list), this might be a winner for a media center. You'd have at least Google Play and Netflix, and perhaps other media sources as well.
  • Does this guy realize u can get the Logitech k400 for twenty dollars? It has a trackpad on it. It way more practical than a mouse for the living room.The part about the mouse and keyboard costing more than the chromebit is nonsense.
  • Can I use a usb ethernet adapter with this? This review forgot to mention that the wifi is horrible on the Chromebit.
  • I bought one from Amazon to use for Dish Anywhere. Would not work as it needs a plugin to work. Could not fine any way to install the required Chrome extension as Dish supplies the exertion in .EXE form. Returned it. It might work for streaming, but it is not a true mini computer IMHO.