To many people out there, this little dongle-like
device will look like either a USB flash drive or a Chromecast. However, as I’m sure some of you know, this
is not either of the two. It’s actually one of a few computers that’s
built into a tiny form-factor. Hold on, this thing? Yeah. That is usually the reaction I get when my
friends find out that this tiny device is actually a full-fledged computer. So to the uninitiated, this is the Asus Chromebit. So like the name suggests, the Chromebit runs
Chrome OS which is commonly found on Chromebooks. There are other products like this out there,
such as the Intel Compute Stick which can run a full desktop version of Windows. Now, these little things aren’t actually anything
new. In fact, the one I have here was actually
introduced in March 2015. But these devices aren’t for everyone. That’s probably why a lot of people haven’t
heard about them. So, who could actually make use of such a
small machine? I mean, the specs aren’t that impressive. Well, the Chromebit is actually aimed towards
enterprise users. The idea is, you would use a bunch of these
small computers which also happen to be pretty cheap to power kiosks in shopping malls. That’s just one of many applications that
one of these things can be used for on an enterprise level. Still, a small number of consumers may find
such a device useful. Like myself! Currently, I’m using my Chromebit to compliment
my home theatre setup. So why don’t I just use a Chromecast? Well, I have a Chromecast, and I use it more
frequently than I use my Chromebit. It’s an older generation, but it’s a lot more
convenient. For the average person who wants to watch
videos or movies on their TV, I would just recommend a Chromecast. However, as convenient as the Chromecast is,
there are many things that it cannot do. Or not do well. One of them is playing videos on unsupported
websites. Sure, you can mirror your screen from a computer,
but often times, the resolution will be lower and you’ll lose out on framerate. The audio can glitch out sometimes, and you
may even run into lag. Now, for the most part, the popular websites
most people go to are well supported on the Chromecast. However, there are still exceptions. But if you have a Chromebit, you have the
functionality of a full desktop browser. The main reason why I sometimes chose the
Chromebit over the Chromecast is because you can’t translate subtitles on the Chromecast. Not for now, anyway. And I’m not the only one having this issue. We’ve just passed the new year, and a lot
of people had family members over. And they may only know how to speak foreign
languages, but movies here run in English. I tried running my movie on my computer, translating
the subtitles there and then mirroring it over to the TV. But, I quickly realised that the video was
running at a much lower framerate and it just appeared jittery. Which is never really a good way to watch
any movie. In fact, some people may even find it outright
frustrating. I know I’m just nit-picking, and the newer
Chromecast models may perform better, but it’s still something to consider. Especially if your wifi connection isn’t very
strong. Well, if you have a Chromebit, you can just
auto-translate the subtitles of those movies if you bought them on YouTube or Google Play. Or run a Google Chrome extension to insert
custom subtitles to Netflix movies, or other HTML5 media. Also, if you have local content, they will
usually play a lot better on the Chromebit than the Chromecast. Now, the downside with the Chromebit is that
you can’t interface with it from your phone. You also can’t remote into it, due to Google’s
restrictions, you will need to pay for that service. Also, the Chromebit requires a little more
power than the Chromecast would, so you would have to plug it into a wall instead of plugging
it into a USB port. Which may be a deal-breaker for some people,
but it wasn’t for me because I have a lot of outlets to spare. So, for a while, my solution was to use this
tiny Bluetooth keyboard that also had a trackpad on it. They’re pretty cheap on Amazon, but be careful
of which one you buy. The one I have here disconnected very frequently,
which made it very painful (annoying) to use. So eventually, I switched over to the Logitech
K400 plus keyboard. It didn’t cost much more than the other keyboard,
but it came from a brand that’s known to be reliable. This keyboard connects to a dongle, which
I just plugged into the Chromebit via the USB port on the top. And it works like a dream! So should you get the Asus Chromebit? Well, if you have any issues related to the
ones I listed, then you should take a serious look into this product. Having a computer connected to the TV has
solved many issues for me. And it isn’t that expensive for a full-fledged
computer. So if you’re thinking of getting one, feel
free to comment below. Also, if you already have one, let us know
how you’re using it. That’s it for this video, I’ll see you next
time. I just want to say thank you for watching
my new video, it’s 2017 and I’m hoping to upload a lot more regularly than I did last
year because… Well, I mean it’s not hard to beat last year. I want to give a shoutout to John McGahan,
his YouTube channel is youtube.com/McGahan. He promised to make an upload if I uploaded,
so here it is. Looking forward to seeing your upload, John. No pressure! While I’m at that, I might as well shout out
Ernest Kwame Adu, his YouTube channel can also be found in the description. He makes videos regularly, they’re a lot of
fun to watch, and he’s a friend of mine! Also while you’re at that, I heard Bryan’s
going to be making a video this month so, I would keep an eye out for that as well. Okay, see you in the next video.

Asus Chromebit Review – What a Computer Stick Can Do
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34 thoughts on “Asus Chromebit Review – What a Computer Stick Can Do

  • January 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm
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    Great video!

    Guess I better start thinking of something to upload eh? haha

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  • January 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm
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    The edit is amazing… just like your awkward stares to the camera, haha.

    Great video!

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  • January 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm
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    thats cool and all but can it run minecraft?

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  • January 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm
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    I like that shoutout at the end lol. Now I must upload this month.

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  • January 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm
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    Nice review very professional and gets right to the negatives and the positives

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  • March 5, 2017 at 7:22 am
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    Can it connected with printer?

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  • March 13, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    Will it run Android in developer mode right now?

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  • March 28, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    How long have you had yours? Does it still work? Did it slow down at all? Can you play videos all night without it overheating?

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  • April 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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    I'm planning to get this to use it as an HTPC for live streaming, connected with my projector. I was disappointed to learn that I can't control it with my android phone. Are you sure there's no app available to do that? Anything like the unified remote would do.

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  • July 10, 2017 at 10:06 am
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    I just picked up the Intel compute stick

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  • July 31, 2017 at 7:05 am
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    thanks this was wanted i wanted to know about the non supported sites!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    Unlike chromecast why is this product isn't manufactured by google? And why it is very less known than chromecast?

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  • February 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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    Ok i he junior linus tech tips lol

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  • February 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm
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    Chromebit + Logitech kmcombo = LIT!!!!!

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  • March 8, 2018 at 7:43 pm
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    Good for gaming?

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  • April 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm
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    I got one of these hooked up to my Xbox one

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  • April 26, 2018 at 8:13 pm
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    this chromebit does not work for online games and netflix

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  • May 25, 2018 at 7:35 am
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    Awesome review I am now sold!

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  • June 9, 2018 at 1:48 am
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    Good for streaming sports? What about 1080P YouTube videos?

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  • June 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    I had bluetooth connection issues with my chromebit as well. I used a Microsoft foldable keyboard and Dell travel mouse. The keyboard worked great but the mouse had frequent dropouts. I'm switching to a 4.0 mouse as the Dell is 3.0 and the chromebit is 4.0, so maybe the new mouse will work better.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 9:57 pm
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    support arabic language?

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  • August 2, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    I mainly use Chromebit on my 24" monitor, but I also like using it on a projector or TV. I'm glad I went with this over a Chromebook or Chromebox.

    I like Logitech's unified receiver, which lets you use the same USB plug for mouse and keyboard. I'd recommend the K350 keyboard (with number pad) and M570 (ergonomic) mouse combo.

    I realize it's a review, but he forgot to mention the 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    Great Job. Thanks for creating a great video

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  • October 31, 2018 at 3:40 am
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    have an old computer so monitor has no HDMI. Just got it today. So i just started to mess around & plugged it into the HDMI port on my cable box. Found ur video & was just wondering if what i did will make it work like should. If no then will have to return it asap for refund. my computer running on Windows XP. i know old, but i added bunch of memory hooked up to internet & well it works for me. peace

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  • December 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm
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    Thanks for putting links in very helpful video

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  • December 14, 2018 at 2:32 am
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    can the play store be enabled in chromebit?

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  • December 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    bro thanks for explain i have one asus Chrome i want to format it bls have idea how to reset or formatting

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  • January 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    What is a Sub-tit-le. Did you mean Subtitle?

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  • January 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    Thanks for doing this……very helpful.

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  • February 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Great video. Is it possible to use it for programming and ms office?

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  • February 13, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    Great video! Of course this as the Chrome browser and appears to have the same Chome extensions supported. Is the browser and extensions the same as on a full PC? I want to run auto refresher and tab revolver to monitor several different sites on a separate screen.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    I got it from my grandpa, because he wasnt using it. I use it to watch my O2TV 😉

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  • April 28, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    The quality of the audio on my Chromebit is TERRIBLE. Sounds like it is coming from a tin can.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    Watch a 30 mins video in 3 mins. The BEST extension in google chrome store. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/threelly-ai-for-youtube/dfohlnjmjiipcppekkbhbabjbnikkibo

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