Google and Asus are finally ready to sell Chromebit stick PC at $85
They missed their ideal release window, inexplicably holding on to the versatile Chromebit for more than six months after the tiny computer’s formal introduction, and thus allowing Intel Compute Sticks to become ubiquitous.
Of course, calling experimental “dongle computers” ubiquitous, mainstream popular or even growingly trendy is clearly a stretch, so Google and Asus probably didn’t lose a lot of money hesitating to load Chrome OS up on a flash drive-sized desktop.
The Chromebit should go on sale any minute now at Amazon, Fry’s, and Newegg stateside, plus various retailers in countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK.
Given the wow factor has slightly decreased since March, and the mini-PC market grows more crowded by the day, it’s only fair to charge $85 in the US, 15 bucks less than the MSRP initially announced.
In a nutshell, what you’re getting here is a Chromebook without a screen, keyboard or touchpad, tipping the scales at just 75 grams, and seamlessly connecting to any HDMI-capable monitor or TV to turn it into a full-fledged PC.
Compared to the cheapest Windows-running $115 Intel Compute Stick, the Chromebit is at a clear disadvantage both in the software and hardware departments, relying heavily on the web, and packing a quad-core Rockchip processor better suited for inexpensive tablets.
But in a head-to-head battle against miniature digital media players like the Fire TV Stick or Roku Streaming Stick, the Asus and Google co-manufactured product easily prevails, thanks also to a couple of gigs of RAM, and 16GB built-in storage space. Bottom line, you could give it a go if you see the technology advancing down the line.