In March of this year, Google and ASUS announced their plans for the Chromebit – a full Chrome-OS based computer on an HDMI stick – and this week marked it’s official launch. The Chromebit enables users to run Chrome OS on any screen with an HDMI port, whether it’s a regular computer screen, TV, etc. It gives users access to everything on the Web, including streaming video services, cloud-based apps, and much more.
The Chomebit was designed with education in mind – it weighs just 2.6 ounces, comes with 16GB of onboard storage, 2 GB of RAM, can link up to a keyboard/mouse via Bluetooth or USB, and will start at just $85. It offers enhanced portability over other mobile devices, allowing students and teachers to relocate and take their work home with them easier. It also eliminates class time-wasters like waiting for a PC to boot up or software updates.
It will be interesting to see how schools utilize the Chromebit in the coming year, and it’s certainly something to keep an eye on in 2016. The $85 price point and increased flexibility may make it more attractive than alternatives, but it is important to remember that it needs to be paired with a monitor. This makes it more difficult to roll out in a class-wide setting in the short-term, and it will likely gain initial traction in computer lab like environments.