Asus has entered the compute stick market by jumping in bed with Google and the Chrome OS. They decided to skip the Windows licensing and offer a similar device that people with Android will be familiar with.
A huge buzz is about to begin about the ASUS Compute Stick CHROMEBIT. With this stick, people can bring their files and connect to the cloud wherever they go. But is this unit here to stay? Or maybe this teeny sized unit is just too good to be true.
Identified Features of this ASUS Compute Stick CHROMEBIT review
This unit is known to be the tiniest device from Google Chrome. Upon plugging it, a user can already make a computer out of an HDMI display. For vacationers who are bringing work with them, this should be one necessary back up unit.
In case their laptops malfunctioned or if they need to charge their notebooks’ batteries, they can plug the ASUS Compute Stick CHROMEBIT into the LED TVs of their hotel rooms. Its other essential features include Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth connectivity for a mouse and keyboard, 16GB worth of Flash memory storage, and 2GB of RAM.
This ASUS Compute Stick CHROMEBIT review also shows how just like a regular PC, the unit can update itself on the latest protection features and virus scans. This also means wherever the user may go; he or she can be assured all the files will stay unharmed and protected from any form of recognizable malware.
Another amazing feature is that every Chromebit CS10 comes with 100GB of free Google Drive space. You’ll always have access to the files you need as well as your favorite Google services.
Additional Pros of the ASUS Compute Stick CHROMEBIT review:
It’s very affordable you would almost think basic laptops have become huge rip offs all along. The ASUS CHROMEBIT is also quite easy to operate, with its plug and play features. The unit comes with a sleek and portable design it can be placed in a tiny pouch or a laptop bag’s pocket if it will serve as a back-up unit for your PC.
Some Cons that come to mind:
While it can function like a basic PC, its apps and other allowable features are quite limited. For one, it most certainly not be able to run Adobe Photoshop, and it does not have an SD slot for extra memory. Plus, if you plan on using this as a back-up unit for your PC, you must also make sure to bring a portable keyboard and mouse.
Overall I will rate the unit at 3.8 out of 5 stars. It shows a lot of promise, based on how portable computers can go as far as sleekness and diminished sizes. However in its present model, it still has several paces to improve on, before fully becoming every travelling worker’s essential unit. Right now I would much prefer an Intel based compute stick that runs Windows 10. You will be able to run more applications and the price is not that much more.
The Specs of the Asus Chromebit include:
- 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
- 2 GHz Rockchip RK3288 Processor
- 2GB Ram