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    Google Chromebit starts to become available

    ASUS-made Chromebit is a ChromeOS computer in an HDMI stick, priced at $85.
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    Re: Google Chromebit starts to become available

    Rather than add it to your TV for media centre duties, which it is capable of, Google expects buyers to seek out Chromebits to "upgrade" old and slow desktop computers to ChromeOS machines. That might sound reasonable but I have two old monitors, neither of which have HDMI sockets and four old keyboards, none of which have USB (or Bluetooth), and a Wireless mouse which was bundled with my laptop and never used. So I couldn't make a new Chromebit-based computer trivially, but am not sure if my old tech stuff is 'typical'.
    Think the mouse & keyboards would be best sent to CeX/skip, but I did a quick look around and you could certainly "enable" the monitors if they support DVI.

    There's quite a few HDMI-to-DVI adaptors available, such as this one which is a wallet-friendly £2.50. Then for input I'd pick a Logitech K400+ keyboard/trackpad combo, which PC World has for less than £30.

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    Re: Google Chromebit starts to become available

    My old monitors, yes with DVI, will likely go to Gumtree. Three of the four keyboards are Mac classic ones, I was using the 'Made in Ireland' Apple Extended Keyboard II with an SVHS cable and USB adapter until recently (on my PC), it's not being thrown out, the Alps switches are very nice. As for Chromebit, I'd rather have a no-name Android box or a Windows HDMI stick attached to the TV. Currently I have a black Now TV box, based on the Roku 3, which is good enough though.

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    Re: Google Chromebit starts to become available

    With ChromeOS being dissolved into Android OS next year, don't see the point in this considering Android sticks are available for half that price.

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    Re: Google Chromebit starts to become available

    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster0101 View Post
    With ChromeOS being dissolved into Android OS next year, don't see the point in this considering Android sticks are available for half that price.
    Good point

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    Re: Google Chromebit starts to become available

    Yeah, I actually expect it to at least have some kind of an LCD screen at this pricepoint.

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