ASUS CHROMEBIT CS10 Stick-Desktop PC with RockChip 3288-C 2 GB LPDDR3L 16 GB eMMC Google Chrome OS
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Asus Chromebit - Simpler and Smarter, Chrome OS on a stick
- Amazon Sales Rank: #183 in Personal Computers
- Color: BLACK
- Brand: Asus
- Model: CHROMEBIT-B013C
- Aspect ratio: Unknown
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 1.22" h x .67" w x 4.84" l, .17 pounds
- CPU: Rockchip RK3288 1.8 GHz
- Memory: 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Hard Disk: 0GB
- Graphics: Integrated
- Processors: 4
- Smallest Chrome OS device, turn any HDMI display into a computer
- Dual-band a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0 for fast connections and wireless peripheral compatibility
- 16 GB Flash memory storage with easily accessible USB 2.0 slot for expanded storage or wired peripherals
- Included HDMI extender cable and 4 hook and loop stickers allow for more options in setting up Chromebit
- Thousands of Chrome OS apps allows for work and play in a portable package
Most helpful customer reviews
242 of 248 people found the following review helpful.
Stripped-down Chromebook on a Stick
Got lucky and was able to snatch one from another store - will say which one in a comment to this review - but, I feel like I must say this upfront, the Chromebit's official price is $85 and nobody should pay more. If Amazon or nobody else seems to be carrying it at this time, just wait for a few days, no big deal. But let me go on with my review.
WHAT IS THIS?
The Chromebit is the guts of a Chromebook crammed into a stick the size of a Chromecast, give and take an extra inch or 2. It comes with no battery, speakers, microphone, camera, touchpad, keyboard or display and the only physical ports are HDMI and USB but, other than that, it's what you would typically find and get out of a classical Chromebook:
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of SSD (flash memory)
- decent quad-core CPU
- Wi-Fi up to 802.11ac
- Bluetooth support
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It's as simple as plugging the Chromebit at the back of a TV or monitor that support HDMI and there is a short HDMI extension cable provided. There is a small power supply so you will need an standard AC outlet to plug it in. Then, you either connect a keyboard and mouse through a USB dongle or pair them through Bluetooth and there's your Chromebook up and running.
If you need to plug in more than one dongle, you can use an inexpensive USB hub and, there you have it, more USB ports.
Once it's up, it's very much a Chromebook so if you like Chromebooks, this is just another way of using one.
One note, the Octane test score was just a little over 7100. Compare that with about 8200 on a Dell CRM3120-1667BLK 11.6-Inch Chromebook and an amazing 21,453 on the much more expensive Toshiba Chromebook 2 - 2015 Edition (CB35-C3350) Full HD, Backlit Keyboard . So no, it's not a speed demon but it does a decent job streaming, handling emails and general browsing.
HOW CAN IT MAKE ITSELF USEFUL?
The main advantage of a Chromebit is, of course, price. You can buy 4 Chromebits with the money you'd spend on the speedy Toshiba I mentioned about. So, if you already have a wireless, preferably Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, you save money. I can think of 2 ways of using a Chromebit:.
A - At the back of a big TV, it can serve mainly as a Chromecast, streaming from whatever source, with added Chromebook capabilities. Of course, a real Chromecast is more versatile when it comes to streaming but it will require an actual computer if you are to get a desktop on the TV screen. And, of course, be aware that you will need to tweak the 'sound' part a little if your TV is attached to a receiver and you don't want to use your TV's own speakers.
B - At the back of an HDMI-ready monitor, paired with a keyboard and mouse, playing very much the role of a Chromebook, only not portable and a little slower.
I am not saying that this is for everyone but, having experienced a 'computer on a stick' running a different OS and selling for significantly more, the Chromebit seems to be the superior options when it comes to simplicity and performance.
I love the Chromebit because it's inexpensive, performs impressively for something this small and it can make itself useful under certain specific circumstances and because the person who is using it loves it - I set it up for one of our relatives who had an unused monitor and she is happy. For anyone considering a purchase, I would say, decide what you are going to use it for before you buy it. I will be happy to answer any questions if I know the answer but it may take me a while to get back to you, depending on what demands my 'real job' places on my time.
189 of 204 people found the following review helpful.
It's a ChromeOS PC on a stick. Snappy performance, reasonable price.
By Lon J. Seidman
[[VIDEOID:cbdf11f5be8b50eba794c7a4dd865067]] If you see this selling for more than $85 - wait for Amazon to get it back in stock. I bought mine direct from Amazon for the $85 price tag.
So what is this? It's a ChromeOS powered PC on a stick. It can plug into the back of a TV and then pair up with a wireless keyboard and mouse for what is a pretty decent PC-like experience. Just note that ChromeOS is a little different than Windows (it mostly boots up to just a Chrome web browser), so I do suggest you check out my video explaining exactly what ChromeOS is here: https://youtu.be/iNPkvr7F82Q
It performs exceptionally well for the price tag and looks great on a 1080p display. The device boots up in seconds and feels snappy and responsive. Web video services like YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, etc. all look and play great and perform on par with what a more powerful computer can typically do. There are faster Chrome desktops out there but none at this price point.
I do not, however, recommend this as strictly a media player as using its desktop PC-like interface and web browser can be a bit cumbersome from a couch. If you must I do like the Logitech K830 which is a nice living room keyboard/mouse combo.
My only real gripe is that the device will not automatically request a bluetooth keyboard after the first boot. So if you initially set it up with a USB keyboard/mouse you can't get into the device with a wireless device unless you first log in with the USB connected keyboard and pair it up. On the first boot it requests a connection to a bluetooth device during the initial configuration. Given this is an ultra portable computer it would be nice to have it look for a bluetooth input device if something is not plugged in.
Other than that this is a great Chrome device that's perfect for someone looking for a desktop PC experience who just needs a web browser.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
Perfect for my needs
Like many of you I've been waiting for this since it was first announced back at the end of March.
I wanted this specifically to connect to my 70 inch Vizio for my 92 year old mother in law. I've been casting church services to our tv with the Chromecast but for some reason I've had trouble with the chromecast buffering if I needed to use my computer for other things while the services were streaming. Generally I haven't been happy with the chromecast but that's another story.
The Chromebit does well for what I want it for. Streaming video , basic web surfing, email and being able to look stuff up for her without having to go to the other room to my desktop or running to get my phone. Tonight she wanted to watch some Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) and I was able to quickly jump on YouTube and let her enjoy. This is not as quick as my Asus Chromebox when it comes to loading web pages but I have 8 gigs of memory on the Chromebox and this does only have 2.
I have it paired with a Logitech K400 keyboard and it works great from 12 feet away and the Chromebit behind the television.
IMHO, this is what should be built into "Smart" Televisions now days.