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Pros: I finally received my Chromebit from NewEgg on Friday, November 27th. I hooked it up to the 2nd HDMI port on the five year old Vizio and it worked properly right from the start. It recognized the Logitech K400r keyboard/trackpad and led me through two-step authentication. Once signed in all my Google assets including Chrome bookmarks, extensions and Google Drive were immediately available. The Chromebit runs slightly warm and gets a 2.4 GHz wi-fi signal from 50 feet away good enough to run HD videos from YouTube without any noticeable problems.
The screen rendering was way too small for suitable operation from the couch 12 feet away and I knew it would be much too small for my 87 year old mother to use. So I went to Settings, Display Settings, Resolution and selected 1280 x 720. The Vizio always connects to the Chromebit now at 720p - no fussing at all! Additionally, under Settings, Web content I set the Font size to Very Large and the Page zoom to 110 percent.
Cons: The Chromecast supports the CEC function to start up the TV when a castable app is started but the Chromebit has no CEC support at all. Small thing, but notable.
Overall Review: For couch operation I recommend the Logitech k400r keyboard (not the k400). The combination of keyboard and trackpad works well in the lap on a side table. I printed out a table of Chrome shortcut keys which makes the conventional keyboard quite useable. Logitech does offer a Chromebox keyboard and separate mouse which obviously will not work well from the couch. I wish they made a k400 Chrome model.
This product should run warm but not hot. If it burns your fingers after some time in operation be sure to exchange it within the 30 day return period until you get a good one.
Someone asked nearly a year later if the Chromebit will work with an Ethernet connection through a USB adapter. I haven't proven it but I found this article on the 'net. https://www.agosto.com/blog/google-chromebit-what-this-means-for-digital-signage I am using a USB hub to support the keyboard dongle and an SD memory card adapter. Apparently the Chromebit will find peripheral devices on power up so it should find the Ethernet adapter and active connected cable.
Pros: The Chromebit works exactly as advertised, & with a Rockchip 3288 CPU, it performs quite nicely. It linked effortlessly to a Bluetooth keyboard/touchpad, & supported a USB hub, flash drives, & memory card readers without a hitch. Given that Google adds 100 GB of Cloud storage free for 2 years to the basic 15 GB you have free on a Google account, & after that, it is $2/mth for 100 GB addon, storage space for files is no problem. Internal storage for files is about 9 GB free, & of course you can plug in a flash drive if you wish.
Cons: None. Faster CPU on anything is always appreciated, but this is good enough for web browsing, email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, looking at photos & videos, listening to music, watching Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Overall Review: The big question is should you buy a Chromebook, Chromebox, or Chromebit!
The Chromebox is probably dead, killed by the Chromebit, which costs less than 1/2 as much, & is much smaller, yet is essentially the same product. R.I.P. Chromebox.
That leaves the Chromebook, which includes a display, keyboard, & touchpad all in one unit, yet costs about the same as a Chromebit (once you add in the external keyboard/touchpad for the Chromebit).
If you want Ultra-portability, it is hard to beat the Chromebit, especially if you pair it with a compact Bluetooth keyboard/touchpad (I have one that is about 2" x 5" x 3/8"). Couple the Chromebit with a large display & you have a wonderful display ad platform too.
One the other hand, it is nice to have it all in one integrated unit, like the Chromebook -- which can also be connected to a large external display or TV via HDMI cable.
In the end, I have a Chromebit, plus 2 Chromebooks (12" display & 15" display) -- My wife loves her 15" Chromebook, & finds it much simpler than Windows.
Buy one of these & you'll have a ton of fun with it!
Pros: -A very inexpensive way to have a Chrome OS computer
-Very small, easy-to-setup and hide behind a monitor
-Very low power consumption; can be simply left on all the time
-Good compatibility with reasonably-new peripherals
-No DRM issues watching web-based streaming videos
Cons: -If not using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, then you'll need to plug a USB wireless keyboard/mouse dongle into the one and only USB port on the stick, and/or use an external USB hub to use any other peripherals
-Noticeably slower, compared to Chrome OS products with more expensive processors (you get what you pay for)
-Some users may miss a built-in MicroSD card slot for local storage expansion, but Chrome OS is meant to be used with cloud-based storage
Overall Review: This is my fourth Chrome OS device, including two Intel Core i3 Chromeboxes and a Core 15 Chromebook. I'm phasing out most of my home's Windows PCs, since the Chrome OS products are so much easier to maintain. I assume the reader understands the use case for Chrome OS, and isn't comparing it to a full-function Windows or Mac operating system. Web browsing and typical online tasks work fine, although there is some lag, caused by the inexpensive, Chinese-designed Rockchip SOC, compared to a substantially more expensive Intel chip. It's plenty fast enough, though, to display web-based streaming video in 1080 HD resolution.
I consider this fast enough to use for casual web browsing, email, basic document or file work with Google Docs, and as a PC used with a family-room TV and wireless keyboard.
Addressing some other reviewer's complaints: Bluetooth works fine. Some old keyboards may not pair successfully. HDMI/HDCP works fine now, after recent Chrome OS updates -- audio passes through HDMI as it should, as long as the connected devices support it.
I recommend this as a great way to add computer capability to a spare monitor or TV, or as a small, easy-to-transport computer for travel (for giving presentations, or watching content on a hotel room TV, for example). It's also a great backup computer for travelers, if a laptop breaks, gets stolen, etc, as long as you bring, or can borrow, a wireless keyboard and mouse or trackpad.
Pros: turns a 65"TV into a chrome book
Cons: no physical power on/off button on the device. I figured I better leave it on all the time and let it hibernate when running idle. Shutting it down through the chrome os means the next time you wanna power it on you have to unplug the power cord and reconnect it.
Pros: Easily set up, even with the overscan correction required for my crazy TV
Cons: Can't add the WideVineCDM Chrome extension required to play Prime / Netflix / etc. videos.
Locked at ChromeOS 72.*
Overall Review: Caveat: I bought this as a ShellShocker and I've been burned before on this kind of gamble, but...
If what you want is a way to turn a TV into a web browser / Google Doc editor / YouTube-only (and I stress ONLY, because it's the only video player I could get to work) then great, it's perfect for that! However, if you were hoping for a streamable-media playing device that could do double duty in the general computing category, you're likely in for a frustrating time. As I noted in the cons, you're limited to ChromeOS v72 (it's over 80 now) and the extension to Chrome necessary to stream videos on all the major services isn't included. Also of note (because I didn't know this): you can't run .apks on ChromeOS--- so no apps (including maybe some of the streaming services).
It's still ok and I may yet have a use for it, I'm just disappointed that I can't use it for my intended purpose.
Pros: Chome OS!---Simple to understand and operate., good speed for videos, decent sound, fairly cheap, extension dongle included for HDMI. OS updates, strong Wifi.
Cons: Short power cable, feels warm after usage, feels restrictive, slightly bigger than I thought it would be.
Overall Review: This device does in fact work on 720P dosplays, the resolution can be changed within Chome OS ---Under settings-display settings. You should initially boot the device on a 1080P screen and than change the resolution, It should than work on both types of displays. Try 1280x720 or 1360x768 first.
Pros: Set up was extremely easy. I had feared that I would have a problem as I don't own a powered USB hub, but it was not needed for hookup to a Bluetooth keyboard.
Cons: 3 for 3 on reviews. I cannot get any sound when hooked directly to my Yamaha receiver. Had to hook to TV and use Digital audio cable to receiver. Not a deal breaker for me, but there is definitely something wrong in its setup.
Overall Review: Great PC to TV solution for a reasonable price.
Pros: Easy to use
Easy to setup
small and simple
It just works
Plays Youtube or Netflix videos with ease
Turns any HDMI TV/monitor into a smart TV
Overall Review: Outstanding value