Chromebit Unboxing!

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So exciting! I have been waiting since the summer for the Chromebit to come out and it finally arrived on my doorstep today. What is a Chromebit you ask? You could call it a Chromebook that looks like a USB drive.

What??? You haven’t heard of the Chromebit? Check out the info on the ASUS website.

Using this device – you can turn any HDMI enabled display (TV; projector) into a Chrome OS computer. All for $85!

Let’s Get This Connected!

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In order to use the Chromebit, you need to have an external keyboard and mouse. The Chromebit is equipped with Bluetooth to connect to your peripherals and it also has a single USB port.

After researching the options for Bluetooth keyboards and mice – I went in a slightly different direction. I wanted to create a working solution that would be inexpensive for individuals and/or schools to duplicate. I found that many of the Bluetooth keyboards were a little pricey and required the purchase of a separate Bluetooth mouse.

Enter the Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Keyboard w/Built in Trackpad

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I was able to get this Keyboard on sale via Amazon for $19.99! Well worth the cost and now I had a wireless keyboard / mouse combo to plug directly into the Chromebit. Keep this added expense in mind when purchasing the Chromebit.

Now the fun part – getting the Chromebit ready to connect to my TV.

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Not many pieces to put together – the Chromebit, a power plug and an HDMI extender cable (in case you can’t fit the Chromebit into the ports on your display)

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Simply remove the cap from the end of the Chromebit and plug it into your  display. In my case, I am connecting it to the flat panel TV in my office. I was able to simply plug the Chromebit directly into my TV – no need for the extender cable.

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Plug the power adapter into the Chromebit and you are almost there! Now power up the TV, select the HDMI input and move on the the setup.

 

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If you have ever setup a Chromebook – this setup is exactly the same. Connect to a WIFI network and select Language.

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Sign in to your Google Account and that’s it. You have your device setup. Time from start to finish – less than 10 minutes. Now I have a 37″ Chromebook for my office!

Next Steps

Check out this article from Tech Republic, “5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your ASUS Chromebit”.  These were really helpful once I was up and running.

Also, another consideration is connecting this Chromebit to other displays – specifically, I want to use this during presentations and connect it directly to the projector in the training room. That way I can travel and only have to carry the Chromebit, power supply and wireless keyboard. In order to do that, I will be working exclusively with the Chromebit at home to determine if I can use it for more heavy duty Chrome activities (you know….multiple tabs, different applications open simultaneously, and using some of our AT extensions.

If it works as well as I am hoping, I am planning to pick up one of these HDMI to VGA adapters which will let me plug the Chromebit directly into a projector via the VGA port.

More to come once I start using it.

Are you thinking of getting a Chromebit – share your experiences. I would love to hear how you are using it.

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