Google just introduced an entirely new kind of computer – a simple USB-like dongle sized computer that plugs into your TV.
This will work with any display with HDMI inputs. So for under $100, you can have a full computer on your TV.
Google isn’t the first to announce a device like this. Intel recently announced their Intel Compute Stick which will run Windows 8.1 and will cost $150.
So what about the specs on this Chromebit?
Well it features the Rockchip RK3288 processor with quad core graphics, 2GB of ram, 16GB of SSD storage, Bluetooth, and a full sized USB 2.0 port on one end.
This is enough to do everyday type tasks such as browsing the web, word processing, streaming video, etc. However, if you are looking for full on PC experience able to run programs like Photoshop, you will need something with Windows 8. Chrome OS is designed to meet just basic everyday computing needs.
How will a keyboard and mouse be connected?
Well i’m not exactly an expert on this newly announced device, but I assume you can connect a keyboard and mouse wirelessly using Bluetooth. It does have a USB port, but that may be used for powering the device.
Personally, I’d go for the Windows 8.1 compustick from Intel when it comes out. It will provide a much better experience for larger displays and will have more functionality. However, you will have to pay a little more.
Needless to say, it is an exciting time for technology. Computers you can carry in your pocket to plug into a TV? Sign me up!