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Google's new $85 PC 'tower' fits in your pocket

Google's new $85 PC 'tower' fits in your pocket
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Stick a Google Chromecast stick into a TV and boom, you have a home entertainment center with hours upon hours of great streaming content. Now, stick a Google Chromebit into any HDMI monitor or TV and boom, you have a fully functional PC, assuming you have a keyboard and a mouse on hand.

Retailing for just $85, Google will soon be selling these Chromebits and will be available on Amazon, at Fry's and Newegg. However, if you're a small business and want to use the Chromebit for digital signage, add an additional $24 for kiosk mode, bringing your total to $109.

It's not as fast as a dedicated PC or laptop, but depending on what you plan on using it for, it can get the job done. You can run several different Web apps and it has enough power to let you stream music and movies from apps like Google Play or Netflix.

According to Tech Crunch, other specs include 16GB of storage, 2GB or RAM, is Wi-Fi capable, has a USB cable for charging and Bluetooth which you can connect a keyboard and mouse to.

It's also rather small, only weighing 2.6 ounces and measures 8x4 inches. It also features a swivel in case you need to plug the Chromebit into a hard-to-reach area. Chromebits will be available in black, orange and blue.

Sound like a great product to you? Click here to buy yours now.

However, the Chromebit does have its competitors. Earlier this year, Intel released its Intel Compute Stick, retailing for $130 and runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Click here to learn about the other options: Small, cheap PCs can cost as little as $130.

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