Google just unveiled an entire new lineup of Chromebooks, including its cheapest options yet and a flashy convertible model. But the most exciting news may be a Chromecast-sized HDMI stick that turns any display into a Chrome OS machine.
The new Chromebit, as Google is calling it, will be available from ASUS for under $100 starting this summer. It packs a Rockchip processor designed to last all day on a single charge without overheating. The HDMI stick will essentially transform your monitor into Chrome-powered computer—similar to Intel’s Compute Stick for Windows—and connects to your keyboard and mouse over USB and Bluetooth.
ASUS is also working on the Chromebook Flip, a $249 convertible touchscreen device that launches this spring. It features an all-metal design that’s 15mm thin and weighs in at under two pounds. It packs up to 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage depending on how you configure it.
Finally, Google is rolling out two $149 Chromebooks. Amazon is offering pre-orders for the Haier Chromebook 11, which packs an 11.6-inch display, a 10-hour battery, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz Rockhip processor. Over at Walmart, you can pre-order the 11.6-inch Hisense Chromebook with a 720p display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 processor, 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Chromebook right now these both look like solid options, while the ASUS Flip is a nice step up if you want a few extra frills. We’re pretty excited to try out the Chromebit as well, though it won’t hit the market for at least few more months