Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by GDavid, Apr 9, 2015.
Quite surprised I couldn't find a thread...
Did some reading on this yesterday and I'm rather intrigued... Very simple HTPC I reckon.
Some Chinese ones have been out for a few months now. They run on Baytrail as well, come with Windows 8.1, and priced around USD$100. Obviously build quality won't be up there. They pretty much have the same hardware as the 7"-8" Windows tablets.
I saw these on PCCG yesterday. Awesome stuff.
Applications for places like schools is promising.
Buy direct from China... As stated above you can grab one for around $100us
I have a windows/android 9.7" tablet based on the same cpu/ram/storage combo..
Performance is fine.. 1080p YouTube etc all smooth.
Anyone got any links to reputable places? Would love to test one out but $200 is a little hard to swallow as an impulse purchase.
Pccg have then
You obviously didn't read the previous posts? I'm looking for a reputable Chinese site to buy from since it was stated that there are Chinese versions out there with lower build quality but at half the price.
Had a good look and I believe that people are referring to the MeegoPad Intel Stick PC. Haven't read a lot of good reports regarding reliability. Might just wait for a special on the Intel units and then pick one up to play with.
Vensmile W10 Intel Mini PC TV Box Quad Core 1.33Ghz CPU 2GB+32GB Windows 8.1 OS mini pc wintel box mini computer
(from AliExpress Android)
Not a stick.. But built in battery
the stick sounds really nice but that price.....
i'd get one if its $100 because you can get a 7" pendopad with similar function for less. else its usually <$199 for the 8"
Just ordered one of these to have a play.
Keen to try out the Linux version for a MAME cabinet.
The recent reviews of the compute stick haven't quite been glowing.
General feedback: not worth it.
depends on what you do with it.
btw PCCG has 2 version of the win8 sticks any idea whats the difference?
Found this which looks similar to the Vensmile - http://www.aliexpress.com/store/pro...5.html?spm=5261.7681326.1998483377.180.RhcGjS
It doesn't have an internal battery which is a shame but not a big deal if it's going to be permanently attached to a TV in your living room.
Comes with a power adapter.
It does however have 4 USB ports, standard HDMI port and an ethernet port which is a plus in my books.
States that it has a Z3736F Processor as opposed to the Z3735F in the MeegoPad/Vensmile/Compute Stick. Not sure that there's any difference though.
Aside from the above, has 2GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB storage as well as the TF card reader.
An Ainol one of these is on OzBargain, $134 for the usual, plus it has a 7000mah battery and a usb3 port. Some confusion about the cpu though, but they're all pretty similar.
Looking forward to where these are headed. Can't wait for mine to get here.
This arrived today
Initial impressions... small, quiet, cool, quick. Wifi is genuinely terrible, but that's not new info to anyone reading up on these. Having the battery in there is excellent, too.
Windows activated without issue after I corrected the date settings.
Is the wifi terrible because you've got it plugged directly into your TV's HDMI port? TVs make a tonne of interference for wifi, I'd be sticking an extender cord on it and sitting away from the TV.
Nah, laptop closer to the TV gives much better reception. As for directly plugged in - no, the cable that comes with it is a good 2 metres so it's on the floor beside the tv - which is wall mounted. The Wifi is terrible because it's a single small antenna unit that shares the antenna with the bluetooth. It's also a metal case, so the orientation ('pointing' the plastics part to the router) really makes a difference too.