Asus Chromebit Is a $99 USB Dongle that Runs Chrome OS

Ever thought of trying a Chromebook but stopped because you didn’t feel like spending a few extra hundred on a Web browser? Well, here’s a solution for you: a flash drive running Chrome OS dubbed “Chromebit” from Asus. It will cost a measly $99 and will require you to just have your own accessories and a TV/monitor with an HDMI port.

Like the Intel Compute Stick, the Chromebit comes with hardware packed inside, but looks several million times better and can swivel to hide behind the monitor. You get a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and Mali 760 GPU. For connectivity, apart from the HDMI port, you get a USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless keyboard and mice and Wi-Fi 802.11.

The Chromebit will be available in three colours: Blue, Grey and Orange. All of ’em do look quite cute and decidedly portable. Battery life is not known right now as testing is not quite complete.

As said, the Chromebit will be available for an acceptable $99. Google will be hoping that it will play the same role that the Chromecast played to media streaming. And for that price, even the most money-conscious can try it out too.


  • Hasnu

    This must be the best in its class. This mini dongle can make your USB/HDMI supported Television a Smart TV. You can enjoy internet as well as play games do office work by connecting wireless mouse and keyboard with it. Simply awesome..!!!

    • Taha Najam

      Not even close. Look up the MeeGoPad T01. For the same price you get an Intel based full fledged Windows 8.1 PC instead of a half assed browser running on some third class chinese SOC.

  • SD Card slot?

  • Mirza Moazzam Baig

    well there are USB dongles running full windows already available in Market … which does the same.. wait … not the same .. actually way better than this chromebit which just opens up chrome browser. . .

    http://www . engadget . com/2015/01/07/intel-compute-stick/

  • Taha Najam

    $99 is still too expensive for a browser.

  • Shoaib

    Excellent gadget.