ASUS Chromebit CS10 Chrome OS PC Stick Sells for $69.99 (Promo)

ASUS Chromebit CS10 was the cheapest Chrome OS hardware when it launched in 2015. Equipped with a Rockchip RK3288-C quad-core processor coupled with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB eMMC. plus one HDMI port and one USB port it was offered for $85.

Five years later it’s still available, and while the list price has slightly increased to $89, Chromebit CS10 is now offered for just $69.99 on Amazon US.

Chromebit CS10 PromoHere’s a reminder of ASUS Chromebit CS10 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288-C quad-core Cortex A17 processor with ARM Mali-T764 GPU.
  • System Memory – 2 GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash, plus 100G Google Drive for 2 Year free usage (not sure if this is still an option as we’ll discuss below)
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity – Dual-band 802.11 2×2 (MIMO) a/b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Power – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 123 x 31 x 17 mm
  • Weight – 75 grams

The Chromebit ships with an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, a warranty card, and a user manual.

Chromebit accessoriesOne of the likely reasons for the lower price is because Chrome OS hardware gets security updates for five years, and CS10 Chromebit support will expire in November 2020. That may also mean the 2-year of free Google Drive storage may not be available after that time.

The device has been in the wild long enough, that there are instructions to install other Linux distributions alongside Chrome OS including Arch Linux Arm and Ubuntu. Some people are also using it as a digital signage player. Having said that, for alternative uses, you may get cheaper and more recent Android TV stick on Aliexpress.

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Da Xue
Da Xue
4 months ago

Surprised it doesn’t melt.

willy
willy
4 months ago

I was about to say the same, when you see the size of the huge heat sinks on my RK3288 build farm to keep them below 100 degrees C (roughly 5cm*5cm*2cm)!

tonny
tonny
4 months ago

Asus ARM Devices: “You pay us for our brand”

darethehair
darethehair
4 months ago

Canadian prices for this are crazy in comparison. :/

charliebrownau
4 months ago

Problem we have with tech and manfactored goods is   “” American “” global corporations getting products made in China / Vietnam / etc for USD$1-2 per hour without GST/VAT/Working standards the same as AU+NZ+UK+CA+USA/EU   They then use goverment programs and trade systems to basically ship the goods globally for free   * The price of X item is set in USD RRP   * The price is then converted from USD RRP into AU+NZ+UK+CA+USA   * Then local importation fees + levys + Taxation   * Then local GST/VAT   * Then local Wholesaler profit   * Then… Read more »

Johnny
Johnny
4 months ago

So many cables!! I wish for something you just stick in. Maybe usb-c would allow such thing?

sander
sander
3 months ago

2GB RAM and support until november 2020? This looks like electronic waste to me.

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