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Stick PC vs Chromebit: Which is better for you?

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Portable computing in the present day is unlike anything we've ever experienced before. With laptops getting smaller and thinner, smartphones offering ever more like Continuum and the rise of the PC stick. Whatever you're looking for there's almost guaranteed to be something for you.

But, when it comes to getting a PC stick (opens in new tab) in particular, there is more to consider than just which Windows 10 one you should go for. There is also the other way. The Google way.

The Chromebit (opens in new tab) puts Google's Chrome OS in your pocket and on any display you connect it to. Visually it's the same kind of device as a PC stick with Windows 10, but which should you spend your money on? Let's examine.

The case for the Chromebit

Google Chrome is the most popular desktop web browser on Earth right now. That means there's a decent chance it's what you also use on your PC. Chrome is a powerful browser with a huge ecosystem of apps and extensions that you can add to it, and by extension, Chrome OS.

To say that Chrome OS is 'limited' is short-sighted. Yes, it's not as feature-packed as Windows 10 and you can't use 'traditional' desktop applications on it. But the world of web apps is much larger than it once was. Even if you're reliant on Microsoft Office apps in preference to Google's own, you've Office Online to use. Anything available in the Chrome Web Store can be used on a Chromebit, and that's a lot of apps. All the major content services have web apps, too, so you're not going to miss out on your Netflix or your Spotify.

Google can also offer seamless updates to Chrome OS which means you're up to date, all of the time, with crucial platform and security enhancements. There aren't any complex menus and options to worry about, with the operating system being light and user-friendly if lacking in overall performance in places.

Ultimately if you spend most of your time inside a web browser then a Chromebit could be an ideal option for you. All at a low asking price, too.

The case for the Windows PC stick

The biggest point here is Windows 10. Web apps are great, but sometimes you just need a native, desktop application for something. That you can run a full version of Windows 10 on something that fits in a pocket such as this is remarkable.

What you have access to is the Windows Store as well as any Win32 applications you need to run from elsewhere. The hardware will limit how much you can use, but if the specs fit and you have space then you're good.

And let's not forget, you can also run the Chrome browser on Windows 10, so you still get access to most of those apps available on Chrome OS.

The PC stick can be used in a variety of ways, depending on what you want it for. With Plex or Kodi you have an entertainment hub that slots into a HDMI port, likewise with apps like Netflix, Groove, and Hulu. You don't have to make do with web versions of apps like Office, either. Anything you can do on a desktop PC or a laptop, within reason, you can do on a PC stick.

You can also splash the cash and get something like Intel's Compute Stick (opens in new tab) with a Core m processor. Expensive, perhaps, but it's as powerful as some laptops. Or you can spend much less and get a lesser performing stick but save a bundle.

Any drawbacks?

In both cases performance can be an issue, especially if you're trying to multitask. Lots of browser tabs or apps open at the same time can make either chug. Unless you stump for a Core m PC stick you have to remember that you're dealing with decidedly entry-level hardware on both fronts, so there are limitations to what you can accomplish.

You also have to factor in that you need a keyboard and mouse to use either a PC stick or a Chromebit. You can spend a little or you can spend a lot, but it's something you will need to have and something else to carry around with you if you're taking them on the road. At some point, though, the price approaches that of a cheap Windows 10 laptop or a Chromebook, both of which you can also plug into a larger display. Less elegant, but still the same end result.

And while you don't really need local storage with a Chromebit, you don't have the option to use a memory card with one, either. You do get that luxury on a number of PC sticks. It doesn't matter why you need to use it, you only can with one of them.

Lenovo PC stick

The bottom line

At a similar price for each, our recommendation would be a PC stick if you want to do anything that needs software outside of a browser. In this instance it's a no brainer, and Windows 10 is offered as a full operating system. Chrome OS is better than ever, but it's still not Windows. If you live inside Chrome, then punt for a Chromebit (opens in new tab).

But, with so much to choose from in terms of getting a PC stick, even some higher end options, you've more chance of finding a good deal on the right product for you. Google's hardware ecosystem is nothing like that which uses Windows, so your choices are more limited.

Neither of these two products are perfect, but on balance the Windows 10 PC Stick has more to offer — even Google Chrome.

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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

139 Comments
  • If you want to do stuff,Stick PC. If you're an idiot, chromebit.
  • LOL.... You are right about that.
  • Fanboys are killing the good in tech these days
  • I just can't see why you would choose a chromebit over a Windows Stick. When it can do all of these things and then some at the same price.
  • @Ingiomar, same could be said about getting a windows phone and an android or iOS phone ;)
  • iOS over W10M I can somehow digest. But Android over W10M makes me puke.
  • Why? More apps and features. Plus actual commitment from Google and manufacturers. As for Stick PC vs Chromebit - I would probably choose the Stick PC as Windows is much more usefull as a desktop/living room solution. Chrome OS is making huge strides - especially in the education market because of its low cost and easy to use platform. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • More apps? Where? More features? Where?
  • IMO Chrome OS is rubbish for education in later stages, I mean if you want to teach teens/people work skills why not teach them using the tools/software the industry is using?.
    Its a good, cheap alternative to introduce kids to basics to computing, but I can't really see it being very useful past early childhood education. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  •   Wow. So we have fanboys that attacked Windows Phone over and over and over and .... and effectively killed it. We had fanboys that created FUD around every aspect of the XBox One, and nearly destroyed it. Every version of Windows has had fanboys make up stories that have been so far fetched they looked like a fool repeating them, but kept pressing it to do anything they could to destroy Windows. Vista - A custom TCP/IP stack was going to destroy the internet. Win7 - It has so much DRM that you will not be able to watch videos that you create yourself with your video camera or phone. Win8 - They are trying to get rid of Win32 APIs to force you into store apps. Win10 - Microsoft is taking every bit of data about you and uploading it directly to their and the NSA's servers where Nadella personally reads that data nightly for a way to destroy your life.   But say that a PC allows you to do more than a Chrome computer - Stop the hate! How dare you say such vile things? This needs to end now before you sully the good Google and Chrome name! I am telling my mommy on you!
  • Totally right. Can't call when something is really crap? People are buying too much into what companies tell them to think.
  • Google fans are sheep. http://www.wikihow.com/Not-Be-a-Sheep
  • I really like how they excuse Chromebased OS'es for all the same shortcomings they attacked WinRT for. No, wait, WinRT had only one, not being able to run legacy apps.
  • You said it. ChromeOS is almost like WinRT but shittier.
  • Windows RT was the best OS Microsoft ever created. It was impervious to viruses, & vulnerability to viruses has always been the biggest complaint about Windows. It was perfect for the Surface & other tablets, & would also be a perfect solution for a PC stick. I had a Surface 2 with it & only upgraded to a Surface 3 because Microsoft dropped support for RT. I tolerate my Surface 3 the hardware drivers suck, I'm ALWAYS having problems. I'd have kept my Surface 2 if Windows had made Windows 10 RT.
  • It would have been pretty strong today with all the apps available in the store.
  • Grow up. Nobody has an issue with saying you favor Windows Stick over Chromebit. However, when you make a blanket statement like, "you're an idiot" if you use Chromebit, that is beyond childish. We all don't have the same needs. Just like it is stupid for someone to call me an idiot just because I use Windows Mobile; you don't know my needs. Maybe, I am heavy into Office or Xbox. 
  • Maybe try reading the comments below before telling people to "grow up" because they favour the Windows Stick.
    As least the posters didn't go the tin foil hat, everyone's downloading my sh*t route.
  • Exactly my point ..... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If you want to do stuff, you're going to hate the low specs on the Stick PC. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I think you'll be more than fine with a Core M. I had a tablet with the same specs as the $100 PC sticks. It's definitely doable for school work or office stuff and even some light games As long as you don't try to run The Witcher 3 on it, it do great.
  • I have tried a few Bay Trail and Cherry Trail tablets (and laptops), and I always found the performance basically fine for light-duty web surfing. This has NOT been the case with any of the Atom-based mini PCs I've tried. I've tried the original Compute Stick, the Asus VivoStick, and the Kangaroo PC. Because of the reduced surface area (relative to a tablet), each includes a tiny fan that is clearly audible under normal conditions (too loud), and also too small to adequately cool the device. Under normal circumstances, like watching YouTube videos or streaming Netflix in HD, thermal throttling hits so hard that the video becomes chippy. I own a few Bay Trail tablets. They get warm, but they don't have any of the performance issues that I've seen in the actively cooled mini PCs.
  • The tablets I've used with these Atoms have been pretty great when there's 2GB of RAM in the system. I also have a HP Stream 7 which is a bit crap tbh, but has gotten better since AU update
  • The Core M sticks can run Crysis!
  • Atleast its way ahead of continuum.
  • like where?
  • Apps for one. ChomeOS has access to Android apps. They fail to mention that in the article though.
  • Android apps? To do what? Not anything productive that's for sure. Who wants snapchat on a stick?
  • You mean Microsoft Office and all their other apps aren't productive? That is not what they say when talking about Continuum. There are quite a few more apps than just Snapchat. There isn't much you cannot do. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • And somehow you would love a chromebit to get your work done? Lets face it, Stick PCs are far more flexible and has more options than a anaemic chromebit.
  • Why would you have either to get work done? They make actual, powerful PCS for that. With the use cases for these little machines, Chrome makes more sense. Especially with Android apps.
  • Ahh bowy, did you realize that getting a stick PC will give you both. You seem to forget that android can be run on Windows with blue stacks? Which by the way I have tried many times and got so bored I just uninstalled it. I really don't see what android offers that would make me use it except from playing Facebook games like candy crush and others, lol.
  • Well said. I got a chromebook to use as a pilot a while back, and it was useless to me because all I could do was browse the web and stream music. If I wanted to do anything, and virtually anything, I couldn't. You can't even open a zip/rar file on chromebook. You can't download anything to do anything as its all web-extension based. I even tried to do something as plug in a usb drive to watch a mp4 video....and I literally couldn't find anyway to watch it!!! I even converted it to 3 other formats, and could not still watch it!!! Chome-OS just does not have the capability to actually do anthing local.
  • They are getting android apps now. So there is something that they can do that you can't on your PC: Snapchat.
  • Well actually you can run Snapchat on a pc its called emulation.
  • Does it even work? Emulation isn't impressive anyway. If you have to emulate, it means your platform is too irrelevant to merit a native app. See wine for Linux and whatever they did on BB10.
  • Why tf would you want snapchat on your PC? Lmao
  • because it makes sense. So many websites have a "follow me on snapchat" badge now. If I'm browsing from a PC, why should I have to pull out a phone?
  • hmmm.... It's f-Ing snap chat. Really are you that serious about needing to follow crap in snap chat? The only thing you pull out in snap chat is a fat **** for some girl. And I ain't doing that on a pc. Lol
  • You know, doing "it" in front of a computer + webcam was how it was done in the days before smartphones became ubiquitous, and, as far as I can tell, it is still being done. Besides, I wouldn't mind screenshots of the partner going straight to my hard drive.
  • so many websites? I have literally seen none. I didn't even know that was a thing until you said it.
  • Aren't you a nice person.
  • Awwww, poor thing. Having your delicate flower feelings hurt like that. Would you like a cookie? Will that make it all better?
  • Yes please, cookies are delicious.
  • True.
  • So, anybody that uses Chromebit is an idiot. Got it.  Does not matter that we all have different needs. And you get upset when people question your use of Windows Mobile but won't extend the same courtesy to people that feel that Chromebit meets all THEIR needs.  Yes, fanboyism is getting ridiculous.
  • Google? In my Windows world... never... ah well besides a junky Android phone... Soon. .. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.. But waiting for the HP Elite so I can get rid of this junkie Galaxy S5...
  • So you use Bing search, Bing maps? What do you use intead of Youtube?
  • Netflix. You'd didn't say it had to be something from Microsoft :p
  • Google is just too giant to escape from these days.
  • Not true at all. I never use google (for personal stuff) and dont feel at any loss or disadvantage as a result. 
  • Same here. I stopped using Scroogle services a long time ago.
  • Actually I meant EVERYTHING google. You can go all out to avoid them like i have, Windows Mobile, Bing, PC, etc, which works, but then someone send you a youtube link.
  • I agree. It only takes one adblocker on a browser to see how many websites have have "Google Analytics" cookies etc. Sadly no one can "escape" google, however at least we can reduce how much data they can collect from us. However I feel its a bit over the top for people to avoid Google altogether (like not using youtube). I prefer and use MS services over Google, but avoiding some like YouTube etc purely because of the owner makes no sense :P
  • Of course I use Bing. I get better search results with less porn and adds. Of course I use maps. So does Autodesk for background maps in their civil and GIS software. And they are one of the largest software companies around. Youtube only on my iPad cuz that's what that's good for. And it is good for it. Gmail only for spam. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.. But waiting for the HP Elite so I can get rid of this junkie Galaxy S5...
  • When I "HAVE" to use Youtube, I use it with AdBlock :) And somehow console myself, "Don't worry.. They just acquired it. They didnt create it :) "
  • Vimeo and Dailymotion have a good selection of videos , most cases ratings and objectionable material are not much of an issue on these two compared to YouTubes highly censored material. I watch all three. YouTube is not the world.
  • Vimeo, clipfish and many more... But there is no need to not use some things from google. But it is quite stupid to use everything from them. That will make you very transparent for them and throw ur data in the mouse of one big, monopolistic and stock exchanged listed company (shareholder control it more than any ethical background).
  • Hope you don't use Windows 10 if you are afraid of your data being mined. Microsoft is the biggest offender now! https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/windows-10-microsoft-blatantly-dis...  
  • No one is worse than Google. And with 90% of Google's revenue directly derived from privacy violations and data collecting this is unlikely to ever change.
  • has been confirmed to be bullshit.
  • Where is this confirmation? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • http://www.zdnet.com/article/no-microsoft-is-not-spying-on-you-with-wind...
  • That had nothing to do with the EFF's findings. Of course they aren't sharing files that are on your PC! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Your personal data are saved as files on your PC, right? If not, where do you store saved settings and personal information (such as saved passwords on your browser)?
  • only thing from google I use is youtube.
  • I use...Bing, Bing maps, WP, W10 PC, Outlook... The only thing I rely on G is YT
  • YouTube needs a real competitor but we all know it won't happen
  • I'd take a x86 Windows Phone over these. I always thought these sticks are useless devices. They provide too little to be worth the money and by themselves, they are nothing. Better a phone that can do the same things and more
  • except for one minor problem.....
  • Well they are better for certain use scenarios, like watching media, and also you do get a full computer running full Windows 10 (though not in the case of that crappy thing with Chrome)
  • Well... I love my Lumia640 and the Win10m it runs.. But I wouldn't say it can do everything a PC stick can. .exe files for example. I wish I could use a full-fledged Photoshop or Affinity Designer on my 640 though... Apps-wise though, maybe.
  • I agree that the 640 is pretty sweet. I wish I had a couple more. It's still not as nice as my 950 but for $30, the value can't be beat.
  • Yep, for a consumer budget phone, its a great phone for the price. Shame its not on the shelves anymore
  • You may still be able to find them at Target or Best Buy.
  • Uhg x86 Windows phones are never going to happen besides virtualization. That's what the full version of windows Is for, remember they're trying to do away with x86 apps. The way I see it, Windows 10 mobile is Windows RT reincarnated.
  • And what exactly was wrong with Windows RT, except for the shortage of apps at the outset? It was an OS that ran dedicated store apps, much like uh, iOS and Android. They certainly had/have more apps, but the idea is the same. Personally I think what was 'wrong' with RT is it still had the desktop. That was there largely to run Office as Office Mobile wasn't ready. It gave people a fasle sense of what this was intended to be though, and MS didn't explain it well. Functionally it was the same as iOS and  Android tablets, but suffered from a lack of available apps, not a capability to run them. I have a Surface 3 that I haven't installed a single x86 app on, on purpose. It only has store apps, and it serves it's function just as well as my iPad, email, browsing, lite productivity with Mobile Office apps, entertainment, etc.
  • Apps
  • What else?
  • I guess you could say Google Chromebit is like Google RT without the memory expansion and offline capabilities. Wow, the Surface RT suddenly looks pretty good again.
  • ...which is okay if x86 is going away and "all" software can be run on it. Windows rt, android, ios... All based on arm. No need to not mention the others. All just less functional till now than real windows.
  • Chromebit? It's a joke, sorry.
  • Can't see why somebody would pick up an electronic stick that purely runs only the Chrome Browser, rebranded as "ChromeOS"... Google's way of making you pay for a free-to-use browser :p
  • Clever actually but still pretty stupid
  • Well considering the PC stick can also run Chrome and get almost everything the Chromebit can from there, I think it's almost a no-brainer.
  • Don't forget the point where its the exact same average price. More for your money :)
  • Exactly.
  • I'll take "Which one is not infested with Google's spyware?' For $1,000, Alex.
    I prefer it when my tech doesn't come from the world's largest advertising company. It may also be worth mentioning that Windows Phone currently has about 270% more active users than ChromeOS. ChromeOS just isn't used.
  • Have you compared the privacy policies of Google and Microsoft? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Have you? No, really. I'm curious to see a quick rundown of the pros and cons.
  • Yes actually, I wrote about it in the forums. Microsoft reserves the right to share all your data - to include personal data such as name, address and credit card - with "partners." And they list our some (not all) of those partners. Google's privacy policy specifically says they don't share any of your data unless they are served a warrant. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Privacy? Google? Who monetizes all your searches emails and Google drive contents? That one? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.. But waiting for the HP Elite so I can get rid of this junkie Galaxy S5...
  • Microsoft also has a search client, email client and cloud storage that they use to collect data, and they specifically say in their privacy policy that you consent to them sharing it with "partners." Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/windows-10-microsoft-blatantly-dis... Microsoft seems to be the new "Scroogle"! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That is not really important and short sighted. First of MS is paid by money for services which google isnt (paid by data) and in any case it is wise to split data to be less transparent for one of them. As long as they do not share data it is better that way and as competing companies that is unlikely.
  • I've never seen a person using Chrome OS leave alone chromebit.
  • I didn't even know ChromeBit existed til this article
  • Chrome is Zilch ! I cant even understand what it is ...
  • I would buy a Lumia 640/xl and a Teewe 2.
  • Chromebit every day of the week if those are the only options. Anyone that thinks they're going to do serious work (TM) on something with the Stick PC's specs is out of their mind. Not to mention the hoops you have to jump through to update Windows with so little storage. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Did you ever use Windows 10 stick?? I have one of these and you are wrong about updates and serious work...
  • I used the Kangaroo PC which has similar specs to a lot of the PC Sticks, and it was awful. It took five hours just to install the available updates since it was so slow and had so little RAM. Even when I tried to use it for "real work," I could really only do one thing at a time before it started slowing down. And if you're at the point on Windows where you can only do one thing at a time, you need either faster specs or a slimmer OS like Chrome. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Anyone that thinks they're going to do some serious work on something running the Chromebit's OS is out of their mind.
    Not to mention the fact all ChromeOS is, is the Chrome browser put on a stick, called an OS, and waiting for someone to pay for it. Google's got you good
  • Define "serious work." I can do everything I need to for my paying job - review documents, edit photos, manage and send emails, create PDFs - from either a website or Chrome App. And the broswer/OS has been proven to be more secure than Edge and Windows.
  • Anything linked to design work would suffer greatly on a chromeOS (for example). "Edit photos" cropping them and doing simple edits that a phone can do, doesn't count. Last time I checked, the full-fledged PhotoShop (or any of the Adobe Suite) isn't on the Chrome Browser (sorry, "ChromeOS"), alongside other programs like Affinity Designer and GIMP. (The list can go on if I involved different jobs) Sure you can:
    Review documents
    "edit photos"
    Manage and send emails
    Create PDF's But so can any browser, (wait for it....) on Windows. Anything you can do, Windows can also do, however apparently anyone is out of their mind to believe windows can do such things. Funny how Windows can actually do more. So yeah, you can do much more work on Windows10 than you can on Chrome. The comparison in itself blurs out Chrome in the background
  • "Anything linked to design work would suffer greatly on a chromeOS (for example). "Edit photos" cropping them and doing simple edits that a phone can do, doesn't count. Last time I checked, the full-fledged PhotoShop (or any of the Adobe Suite) isn't on the Chrome Browser (sorry, "ChromeOS"), alongside other programs like Affinity Designer and GIMP. (The list can go on if I involved different jobs)" Oh God this is priceless, none of those are things you could properly do on a stick PC either.   Neither of the devices are actually useful in actually doing any work. 
  • Actually yes you can. with a PC stick with good enough specs, it is more than easy to run programs like the Adobe Suite on it. Especially considering it runs the full Windows 10 OS. And just in case you say "But the specs can't run programs like Adobe", as someone who uses these programs regularly, yes they can. Hell, even my laptop with a Celeron Processor and 4GB RAM (however before I upgraded it from 2GB, it still worked perfectly well) can handle it very well. So use, most PC sticks can handle the Adobe programs (and others) as long as the specs allow you to. Just as the article said.
  • I think the pc sticks have a good niche use depending on your situation and knowing their limitations. I use a couple to run some programmed lights on a loop becuase they can be set up discretely, have a USB port for USB to DMX, as well as run my x86 software that controlls it. Set that up and let it go.  
  • I have no need for any of these because my gaming pc is also my media center. Connected to my 50 inch Samsung TV.
  • Got a 64 bit Kangaroo PC, just a little bigger than a cell phone, for $169 plus a dock. Works amazing! Small form factor and works better than sticks
  • Forget both and get a NUC ;)
  • Last year Microsoft store had really nice deals on the Compute Stick PC during Black Friday sale. I hope this year they have some on Core M based Compute Stick PC's too!
  • Things that are better than Chromebit stick: 1) My wife's lipstick
    2) My 512MB USB stick from college
    3) Wooden Stick Why you may ask. Well at least these things don't spy on you.
  • So Windows 10 doesn't collect any data at all on you, right? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/windows-10-microsoft-blatantly-dis... Ohh. Hope you aren't using Windows 10 if you are worried about privacy. They have shot to the top of the list of offenders according to the EFF. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If you're starting from scratch, instead of getting a PC stick, a monitor, keyboard and mouse, it's better to just get a laptop. It will definitely perform better than a PC stick that has an Atom processor. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Tech question: Can you rotate the screen with intel compute stick? I'm planning on using it as a monitoring display pc on a portrait-oriented screen.
  • If it is running full Windows 10 then the settings should be there to rotate the screen any direction that you want. It's really pretty easy.
  • Lumia 950XL and a Kangaroo for me. A match made in heaven. I just wish I can find a way to get remote desktop hack for Windows 10 home, as I dont really like using third party solutions. (and I'm not paying $100 to upgrade, just for  RDP)
  • This is a false choice. More on that later. "And while you don't really need local storage with a Chromebit, you don't have the option to use a memory card with one, either." Huh? The Chromebit has a USB port, to which USB storage can be connected, as can an SD card reader with a USB interface. Oh yes, and since the Chromebit is a device that will be used in homes (and presumably) offices instead of being an on the go device like a phone or tablet (or 2-in-1 to throw a bone to the form factor that Microsoft innovated) you can use networked storage with the Chromebit's Wi-Fi.  "Yes, it's not as feature-packed as Windows 10 and you can't use 'traditional' desktop applications on it." Sigh. I have made comments to this effect on this site in the "Chrome OS versus Windows 10" debate before.  1. You can convert a Chrome OS deice to Ubuntu Linux and have "a traditional desktop" in 5 minutes: http://www.androidcentral.com/putting-linux-your-chromebook-easier-you-t...
    And yes, Ubuntu requires far fewer resources to operate effectively - in terms of RAM, CPU power and storage - than does Windows 10. For the record, in Chrome OS, the Chrome browser IS NOT the operating system, even though Google is perfectly fine with you believing so. Instead, with "Chrome OS" the operating system is actually a "minimal" Linux distro with the Chrome browser serving as the GUI. So transforming that minimal Linux distro into regular PC style desktop is easy, and doing so while retaining the Chrome OS GUI, drivers and ability to switch back and forth between the Linux desktop and the Chrome OS GUI without rebooting is only a little bit harder. 2. The Chromebit, as it has the same internal architecture as the Asus Flip, is one of the devices that already fully supports the Google Play Store and Android apps. Now neither Android or Ubuntu provides the breadth of applications that exist on Windows 10 - though granted 99% of those are x86 Windows PC applications - combine the Google Play Store with Android apps and you have just about everything covered. Or rather, anything supported by Windows 10 for which there is not a quality equivalent in Chrome OS, Ubuntu or Android is going to be something that would never run on Windows 10 PC stick specs anyway. Do not get me wrong. I use Windows 10 heavily so I will acknowledge that it has advantages over Chrome OS. It is just that omitting how easy it is to convert a Chrome OS device into a fully functioning PC that can run both Ubuntu and Android makes any comparison between the 2 an incomplete one. The Chromebit ties together 2 Google platforms (Android and Chrome OS) out of the box and can be easily extended to incorporate the Ubuntu platform also. For those who are already invested in the Android ecosystem - and considering that such is well over a billion people, meaning of course no small number of Windows users! - and already know or are willing to learn Linux (which by the way opens up a wide swath of professional and personal opportunities ... including but not limited to the fact that Microsoft is increasingly embracing Linux as a platform for their own products and services) then a Chrome OS device should be compelling.  At the end of the day, there should be no "either/or" proposition anyway ... it is a false choice because the devices cost only $80! And you have more than 1 HDMI port on your TV! (If you don't, HDMI hubs can be had for as little as $10.) So unless you are a starving college student, there is no reason not to get both! In today's world, where there are so many things offered on differing platforms - as well as the platform convergence thing such as Microsoft embracing Linux earlier - being a single platform fanboy is only inflicting self-harm for no good reason. It is getting to the point where being single platform is career suicide if you work in the tech industry, and it is also bad if you are a consumer.  Microsoft is best a some things, Apple is best at some things and Google is best at some things so if you can afford it - and again 99% of the people who read this site can - the best approach is to have at least 1 device by all 3. (Bonus points if your Google device is from a manufacturer that has their own product line like LG or Samsung, where you can - for example - use your Android device by one of those manufacturers to connect to your stereo, smart TV or appliance.). So as it only costs $80, if a hardcore Windows enthusiast wants to have a token Google platform device, this is a great candidate ... much better than a similarly priced Android phone or tablet. For the record, the best token Apple device to have is the iPad Mini, which though more expensive than the Apple TV is far more useful.
  • Traditional Ubuntu desktop with a rocketchip cpu? Don't think so. Arm Ubuntu sure, but it won't be full desktop. So th x86 win10 stick is superior in every way here.
  • If anybody needs a "Google platform device", you can have that at zero cost on a Windows stick. Andy, BlueStacks, etc. etc.
  • What about gaming? I mean, grab your self a pc stick, an Xbox controller and a copy of Asphalt 8 and you got a pretty good experience
  • ChromeBit is a ******* Chromebook.  Nothing but a piece of **** like Windows RT, in fact RT Was more powerful.  ****** AAAAAAYEEEEE LOL
  • I've always looked at it like: Windows= Productivity. Chrome=Play & Media
  • A security expert told me: "We should depend less on the internet." A Chrome OS is dead fish if Internet is not or only limitedly available. If Internet is no problem, a Fire-Stick is much cheaper. A PC can still do most of its tasks, including being used as a HTPC, which is the main use for stick PCs. So, sorry, by any metric the LAST that people should buy is a Chromebit.
  • I picked up a Lenovo pc stick last year on a Amazon daily deal for £50, free upgrade to Windows 10, added a memory card, combined keyboard & mouse which now turns my TV in to a computer. It's perfect for basic tasks, catch up TV, YouTube etc etc.
  • I bought Lenovo PC Stick last November and do not regret it. Far way better than Chromebit
  • The fact that you can get most of the apps chromebit offers by just using the chrome browser makes chromebit redundant. Specially when Windows offered you more on top of that.
  • I have the Lenovo pc-stick and a Asus chromebox. Both are connected to the same monitor. I mostly need to do som work with exel. I find myself using the chromebox 90% of the time. When I start the chromebox my file is open and waiting for me where I left off after a couple of seconds. With the PC-stick windows takes a lot longer to fire up. Then I have to do updates. Search the online file (and not the local copy) before I can start. So for light office work I can recommend the chromebit/-box and using the online office variant. Lastly I really think technology should work to help us do our task an not the other way around.
  • Tested. Recovering from sleep on my Lenovo stick takes 2-4 seconds, and shows the state of things before I send the machine to sleep, including the open Excel file. Maybe you are shutting your Windows stick down? And why are you even manually bothering with updates?
  • Wow. Thats fast. Thanks for the tip. But I need to use it only twice a month so I don't want to keep it in sleep mode for that long. It is not very slow but It will take me about 2 minute's before I am online and file is open. At the moment I can't test it because the pc stick cannot connect to my wifi anymore. With chromebox about 15 seconds (I don't have to open the file since it is open when I log in and right where I left off).
  • I guess these PC Sticks don't support Hibernate? If you could enable that you'd get somthing akin to the Chromebox where you can turn it off fully but resume from where you were on next boot
  • Hibernate is supported if all drivers are correctly installed. You just need to enable the Hibernation option from Power Options.
  • Great contribution no fanboyism influence I guess Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Today, the only strength of Android over W10M is the apps. Today the only strength of W10 over Chrome OS is the apps.
  • Today, the only strength of Android over W10M is the apps. Today the only strength of W10 over Chrome OS is the apps.
  • It's not just the application status that puts Android way ahead of WM10 but it is a fully viable ecosystem. If you are looking at Chrome on a stick then obviously you don't care about Windows apps anyway so that isn't an issue Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I think a Continuum stick could be awesome in the future once the RS2 improvements are in place, when we have a Skype for Business UWP app and a couple of others it could be a great portable PC-like experience hopefully at a fraction of the price based on ARM CPU, no screen needed etc.