Asus Chromebit CS10 Runs Google's Chrome OS Anywhere for $85

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2015 - 12:47 AM |
Tagged: SFF, hdmi stick, hdmi, chromebit, chrome os, asus, arm

Small form factor PCs are big this year, and Google is about to get into the game with its own HDMI dongle PC running Chrome OS. Google has partnered with Asus to release the Chromebit CS10 which is now avaialble for $85.

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The small stick PC weighs 75 grams (2.6 ounces) and will come in black, orange, and eventually blue colors. The Chromebit is about the size of a flash drive with an HDMI port on one end, DC power input on one side, and a single USB 2.0 port on the other end. A removeable cap protects the HDMI output. It is small enough that you can toss it into a bag or tuck it behind a monitor or kiosk permanently. Asus includes an AC power adapter (18W, 1.5 amps) and a flexible HDMI connector (or a short extension cable depending on the region) along with velco stickers in the box.

The Chromebit CS10 is powered by a quad core Rockchip 3288-C SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A17 CPU cores and a Mali T624 GPU. The SoC is paired with 2GB of LPDDR3 memory and 16GB of eMMC storage. Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios along with the USB 2.0 port. Users can hook up a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and use the USB port for extra storage, or hook up even more devices using a USB hub.

So far, reviews are positive and generally state that (for example) while the Rockchip ARM processor is no racehorse, it is good enough for basic web browsing, media streaming, and document editing.

Of course, the Chromebit runs the Chrome web browser, but it also can run any of the apps from the Chrome Web Store including Netflix, Office, and any number of free games. Asus is aiming the Chromebit at digital signage, kiosk, thin clients for schools, and for on-the-go travelers.

The Chromebit CS10 is available soon (it is listed as out of stock on Newegg and has not shown up on Amazon or other sites yet) for $85 in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Business customers can further purchase the ability to use the Chromebit in a locked down single-app kiosk mode for $24 per user, per year from CDW.

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Source: Asus

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November 18, 2015 | 02:00 AM - Posted by collie

I WANT!!!!!! I have set up, as of now, 3 broke ass friends, with $40 android dongles for their donated from another friend becuase upgrade/oldschool tv's and did the full set up so they can use basic browsing in a weird sort of just kinda works environment.

I want every non geek on chrome os beacuse I'm sick of fixing their shit for free.

This is the answer to most, if not all of of my problems.

Can you tell I'm drunk?

November 18, 2015 | 04:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Isn't the Intel Linux compute stick fundamentally better, not cloud based?

November 18, 2015 | 11:57 AM - Posted by collie

No. Diffrent, not better or worse. I do not want MY OS to be chrome, but there are the others, the 90% of my family that click add pages, install custom browsers, spend years installing but never un-install anything, AND THEN just expect some family member to fix all their problems for free. I want THEM on CHROME OS, I want alllllllll of them on chrome os. Less headache for me, more "It just works" for them.

And while we're at it, WHERE THE FUCK IS MY HOVERBOARD!!!!!!!!

November 18, 2015 | 08:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Add a vibrate feature and it could have other applications.

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