$100 Google Chromebit turns TVs into PCs

02/04/2015

Google has launched a HDMI dongle that can turn any TV into a fully functional Chrome-powered computer.

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The Chromebit uses the TV as its display, and wirelessly connects to a keyboard and mouse using bluetooth.

"Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100," Google said. "By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer. It's the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses."

Google also said it is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149.

The move is likely to intensify competition with Microsoft.

The announcements came less than a day after Microsoft revealed plans to sell a new entry-level tablet-laptop hybrid of its own.

Its Surface 3 costs more at $499, and £419 in the UK for the basic model - but provides access to a wider range of software made for the Windows platform.

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