Nowadays, some mini-computers fit into cases that are only slightly larger than USB sticks.
Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.
Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional
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Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.
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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!
Concrete devices [E]
There is something like this in the Chrome OS area, such as the Chromebit B002C Complete PC. It costs about €90 at Amazon.com and others.
The performance and purpose of a Chromebit [E]
You can connect a Chromebit to a monitor or TV via HDMI. Then all you need is a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse. Is all this technically impossible for you, or would you have to buy all the necessary devices mentioned above separately? Then take a look at the post about Chromebooks. But if all these requirements are fulfilled at your home, you could start right away as soon as you hold the Chromebit in your hand!
However, I would like to warn you against too high expectations: The miniaturization and the very reasonable price of the Chromebit, of course, point to a limited computing power! If you want to take a 4K TV or 4K PC screen to its full potential, this version is not for you! For simple work, surfing, listening to music, watching Full-HD videos, and smaller games from the Play Store, it is sufficient.
A great recession to Chromebit [E]
There is a great customer review on the German Amazon web page: “For what do you need a Windows PC?
If you only surf the internet and send emails, or maybe you want to watch a movie, the Chromebit is ideal. But Excel, Word, and other applications are already available also. All without installation. It works right away, takes only a few seconds after switching it on, and you won’t be bothered by ongoing updates. In short, since I got the Chromebit, I wonder for what I wasted so much time for in the past with my Windows computer.” Link (freely translated)
Not satisfied with Chrome OS at all? [E]
If, contrary to expectations, you don’t like Chrome OS after a more extended test, then you have not incurred high expenses with some alternatives mentioned in this post. You can resell the selected device on eBay, for example.
Chromebooks as an alternative [E]
In contrast to the Chromebit, of course, Chromebooks are full-fledged devices with a keyboard, a touchpad, and a screen. However, beginner Chromebooks are often available in clearance sales or used for about $150 — €160 or a little more. So: it’s worth comparing! You can find more information about this in this post.
Back to the overview of “How to test Chrome OS first?” [E]
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