BUT, while having a backup to my current Chromebook would be nice, it's totally not critical AND Google will likely be announcing something new, shiny and required by me to have in the fall so I'm not up for dropping $300 plus on one now.
But, the dark monitor.
So I blew $85 on a Chromebit. It's the size of a cigar. Really.
I plugged it into the attached HDMI cable hooked to the monitor and powered it up and BAM! I have a new computer. It's hilarious. And dirt simple.
The screen told me to fire up a bluetooth keyboard so I pulled out this foldable keyboard/mouse situation and it recognized it immediately. And then I got a screen exactly like the one on my Chromebook. So cool!
The little cigar thing has a plug for HDMI, one for power and a USB port for hooking up whatever - like a little hub for a wired keyboard or mouse.
In the picture, it's hooked up via DVI to HDMI cable but that was just for testing. Since the monitor didn't have an HDMI port, I got a vga to male HDMI adapter and so then just plugged the cigar into the back of the monitor. No cable even! I'm just delighted with the new toy. Cigar computer beats gynormous, heavy, slow, old HP Chromebook. For Sure.
I got a lot of other little things done, too. Like replacing the batteries in both car keys, selecting and cutting out the fabric for my sewing class on Wednesday, and picking junk around the house and putting it away. Now I'm going to kick back, knit socks and watch a little TV.