The market right now is saturated with no-name Chromeboxes and ChromeOS enabled netbooks and streaming devices which might be a problem for some people who prefer something that can be bought and tested in stores. Luckily, a handful of IT vendors took the liberty of developing these devices for a niche market. Enter the ASUS
We were lent a unit from our friends over at ASUS PH to test it out and see how it fares as a machine to make that
Before we start with how this Chromebit works here are the contents:
Size wise, the
Let’s delve a bit deeper and get to the specs on this. It says on the manufacturer’s website that it’s powered by a Rockchip RK3288 SoC with a Mali-T760 GPU. This SoC can also be found on ASUS’s
The ASUS Chromebit also has 2GBs of LPDDR3 RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, 16gb eMMC storage, BT 4.0, a lone USB 2.0, and of course an HDMI out.
My only gripe for this device is the limited storage which, unfortunately, can’t be expanded. Although with the advent of cloud-based storage, you can always access your files anywhere. Just make sure that you have an internet connection and you’re logged in to the same Google account that you saved your files from.
So, let’s see how this will fare with a number of tasks we’ve prepared for this baby!
Setup and Testing
Same with how other ChromeOS powered devices work. The setup is a breeze. After plugging it into your preferred display device, connect it to the AC adapter, insert your peripherals’ wireless receiver on the USB 2.0 port (or connect your BT enabled peripherals), find a wireless network to connect to, and get updates to get your
I was quite pleased with the boot-up sequence of the
If you’re looking for a better alternative to a Chromecast to turn your otherwise old (or new) dumb TV to a Smart TV or a pocket-sized Chromebook to bring anywhere for work, this might be worth looking at.
Keep in mind that the ASUS