Asus recently launched the first PC stick to ship with Google’s Chrome OS as its operating system. The Asus Chromebit is a tiny device that looks a bit like a USB flash drive, but which plugs into the HDMI port of your monitor or TV to turn nearly any display into a Chrome OS computer.
Now you can buy one from Newegg for $85.
The Asus Chromebit features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a Rockchip RK3288C quad-core processor. In other words, it has the same guts as a $150 Chromebook… but it lacks a keyboard and display. You’ll need to supply your own.
The little computer has an HDMI connector on one end, a USB 2.0 port on the other, and power adapter jack. It features 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and customers that buy the PC stick will get 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for free for two years.
Asus also includes a short HDMI extension cable in the box, in case there’s not room to plug the stick directly into an HDMI port on your display.
Note that unlike some Windows and Android-powered PC sticks, the Asus Chromebit does not have a microSD card slot. It also has only a single USB port, which means that you’ll either need a USB hub or wireless accessories if you plan to connect a keyboard and mouse.