One of the weaknesses of any mini PC is lack of enough USB ports and the new DS152 is keen on rectifying this problem. DS152 features five USB ports – it has two on left side, two on right and one on the back. It features a slim line design which otherwise has typical mini PC specifications.
DS152 specifications include Intel Atom Z3735F quad core 64 bit processor, 2 gigabytes of memory, 16 / 32 GB of eMMC flash storage, WiFi b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. Coming to connectivity, you get USB ports, one micro USB, micro SD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI port and a 10/100 RJ45 connector. It runs Windows operating system.
Interestingly, the DS152 Mini PC also features a 800 mAh internal battery which should provide at least one hour of runtime when not being on AC adapter. You can buy the 16GB version for 130 dollars.
If you are looking for a Box TV that is able to perform tasks other than just streaming content to your TV, do check out the Voyo V2. The Voyo V2 comes equipped with a processor Intel Baytrail and Windows 8.1 which basically allows any task. However unlike any other small PC, it also incorporates an internal battery that allow you to use it anywhere, even without power. Voyo V2 specifications are given below.
Voyo V2 specifications: In detail
It comes with Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor that is clocked at 1.83 GHz clock speed and consumes just 2.2 watts. Its integrated Intel HD GPU Intel HD ensures smooth operation even in 3D applications and can playback 4k content easily through XBMC.
The Intel Baytrail in Voyo V2 is complemented by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash memory, expandable up to 64 GB additional memory with microSD card. 2GB RAM is the maximum amount of memory accepted by it.
Voyo V2 specifications: Connectivity
As for connectivity, the Voyo V2 incorporates an RJ45 port Gigabit (10/100/1000) and WiFi 802.11 b / g / n for connecting to the network. The chipset also has integrated Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with wireless speakers. There is an HDMI connector for connecting to the TV. It comes with genuine windows 8.1 pre installed and will be upgradeable to Windows 10 as Microsoft makes it available.
Incidentally, the device measures only 13.1 x 8.2 x 1.5 centimeters, so it’s ideal for travellers as well. There are two versions of it, 8000 mAh battery for 110.35 euros and 5000 mAh battery with 64GB SSD for 119.55 euros.
Following in the footsteps of the iBall Splendo of Microsoft and Intel Compute Stick, Lenovo launched IdeaCentre Stick 300. Designed for users working both from home and for being constantly on the move, it fits in every pocket and offers more than enough performance for browsing and playing multimedia content.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 specifications include Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of memory, 32GB storage, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
To use the Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300, simply connect it to a monitor via HDMI port. It comes with Windows 8.1 (with the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 from 29 July) and behaves like an ordinary PC.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 will be available early next month on the website of Lenovo and major distributors. This device comes with a recommended price from $ 129.
MSI S120 is a yet another proof that mini laptops a k a netbooks are not dead – yet as manufactures keep reviving the small 11.6 inch laptops with better and more efficient processors. The new MSI S120 11U1 packs the latest Core M processor that allowed its manufacture to make a fanless mini laptop.
MSI S120 detailed specifications were revealed by minilaptopindia where they have mentioned that the S120 will come with HD resolution. However Liliputing says that MSI is planning to release a limited number of S120s with full HD IPS screens. Interesting – very.
Specs include Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 32GB / 64GB flash storage, 2GB RAM, 11.6 inch HD display, 5200 mAh battery, 2MP FFC and Windows 10 operating system. It might be possible to increase the RAM to 4GB since the Atom Z3537F is supposed to support 4GB RAM.
MSI S120 offers great performance – similar to an entry level budget windows 8.1 laptop but without burning your lap. Application and boot times will be great as devices with Atom Z3735F and NAND flash storage lag very little. They also wake up immediately from standby.
Since the MSI S120 comes with Windows 10, expect it to be released sometime in late July 2015.
Colorfly i783 Pro is a dual booting tablet that dual boots between Windows 8.1 and Android operating system. It packs 7.9 inch display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and is powered by Intel Bay Trail processor. Colorfly i783 Pro specifications include 2GB RAM, Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 32GB flash storage, wireless LAN, Android 4.4 and windows 8.1 operating systems. The display has wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees, and a high contrast.
A beefy 3450 mAh battery powers the Colorfly i783 Pro tablet. It is one of the few nice tablets with 4:3 display ratio which is also used by the Apple iPad. The square screen makes it easier to browse web pages and read content. However it is not much appreciated by those who watch a lot of movies as movies have 16:9 ratio.
The Intel Atom Z3735F processor that powers the Colorfly i783 Pro has a lot of power. It runs at clock frequency of 1.33 GHz with 1.84 GHz turbo boost. It is more than enough to run either of the operating systems smoothly.
Chinese tablet manufacture, Cube has released i6 Air today and it of the few tablets out there that runs both Android and windows 8.1 operating system. The Cube i6 Air has built in 3G modem. It retails at a suggested retail price of 899 yuan which is about $144.
Cube i6 Air specifications include quad core Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz processor with turbo boost speed of 1.83 GHz. The CPU is backed by integrated Intel HD Graphics graphics clocked at 646 MHz, 2 gigabyte DDR3L RAM, 32 GB of internal memory which can be extended by micro SD card reader.
The Cube i6 Air packs 9.7 inch display with IGZO technology with up to 178 degrees wide viewing angles, QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) resolution that translates to almost 264 pixels per inch. Its battery has a capacity of 8000 mAh, which was enclosed in a housing made of plastic that weighs 500 grams and has dimensions of 237 x 170 x 8.8 mm. You also get one free subscription of Microsoft Office suite.
The Guleek i8 is a mini desktop computer with a built in battery. This makes it one of the most unique desktops around. It is as small as Zotac mini PCs but has a 3000 mAh battery inside too which allows you to move it from one place to another without shutting it down.
The Guleek i8 is a compact computer with windows 8.1 operating system and is powered by Intel bay trail processor.
Guleek i8 video review
As you can see, this is basically a mini laptop without a display. It features 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a fanless design.
On the ports front you get 2x USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port (for charging), a micro HDMI port, a headset jack, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. It measures 5.9″ x 3.2″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 8.5 ounces.
Here is what we did not like about it:
– Doesn’t have a network port;
– The power socket is right next to the USB sockets, should be on the back;
– You can find tablets for the same price with bigger batteries, a screen, and more storage.
This would be interesting paired with one of the old Motorola Lapdocks from the Atrix/Bionic era. The lapdock itself is powered and would provide nearly everything else that’s missing: Display, keyboard, trackpad, audio (possibly), and maybe some extra USB ports. Roll your own networking? Just Velcro the thing to the back of the lid and route the cables into the dock ports like with any other stick PC.
Verdict – It’s really pointless when consumers can spend less and have a fully portable system with dual functionality. This mini PC would only work if it was on par with prices to the ARM devices. If you need a dual display option you can buy a Asus Vivo that runs Intel 4th Gen. It supports THREE displays connected at once, runs Linux and Windows and is almost the same price as this mini PC. And has USB 3, Ethernet “yada yada”. I just don’t see the market appeal if its priced the same as a tablet.
Many experts once said that Windows tablets will never be able to match the affordability of Android tablets. Well those folks have been proven wrong as many big companies have already started offering cheap windows 8 tablets. But what will Chinese OEMs react to this? Well some companies like Chuwi are offering their windows 8 tablets at incredibly low price tags. Their new Chuwi Vi8 tablet retails for mere 82 dollars.
Chuwi Vi8 specifications
For $82, you get a Chuwi Vi8 tablet that runs the latest version of Windows on an Intel Atom processor and free one year Office 365 subscription. Other specifications of Chuwi Vi8 include 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2 gigabytes of memory and 32GB of flash storage.
Why are some Windows 8 tablets so cheap?
The reason why some of companies are able to sell some windows 8 models so cheap is that Intel has been subsidizing certain models of Intel Atom family that has brought the overall cost of such devices very low.
Another and most important reason is waiving license fee of Windows. Microsoft is offering windows 8 for free to the device makers whose tablets are less than 10 inches in size. And to make the offer even better, Microsoft is throwing one year of free Office 365 subscription.
Intel has said that it will be waiving off its subsidies in 2015 which will result in cost of windows tablets going up.
Zotac has released a very small desktop PC called ZBox P that runs Windows 8.1 with Bing OS and measures 115.5 (width) x 66 (length) x 19.2mm (height).
Processing is handled by the quad core Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz processor with onboard graphics. Everything you need to get your office or web browsing done is onboard including 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and even Ethernet!
There are two models: PI320 and PI321
1. ZBOX PI320: This one comes with 32GB eMMC storage and it will hit the market shelves in November in Japan for 30000 Yen (~ $278).
2. ZBOX PI321: This has exactly the same specifications as the 32GB model but comes with 64GB eMMC storage. It will cost you 40000 yen (~ $370).
Port selection includes 3x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, micro SD card slot and audio input and output jack.
You can mount it behind your PC monitor as a VESA mount is included in the box.
Zotac Zbox P specifications
||Windows 8.1 with Bing（32bit）
||Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33GHz / up to 1.83GHz, quad-core)
||Intel HD Graphics
||802.11n Wi-Fi、Bluetooth 4.0
||USB 2.0 × 2, Ethernet port × 1 (10 / 100BASE-T), headphone output
|Ports in front
||3 in 1 (microSD / SDHC / SDXC) card reader
|Ports on sides
||HDMI × 1, USB 2.0 × 1, AC adapter port, power button
|In the box
||VESA mount, AC adapter, user manual, quick installation guide, OS recovery DVD
The Onda V891W is one of the cheapest tablet with Windows 8.1 and quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor. It has 8.9 inch full HD display packing 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Onda V891W price and release date
The Onda V891W is on sale for mere 130 dollars or 150 euro and comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing. Slowly and gradually Windows 8 tablets are getting cheaper and more affordable every day. This is how it looks like.
Onda V891W specifications
The Onda V891W specifications include 8.9 inch display with full HD 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. Powered by Intel Atom Z3735F bay trail quad core processor and 2 gigabytes of memory. It has thin frames and central home button which makes it easy to hold and operate in both horizontal and vertical manner.
And since this Onda V891W has less than 10 inch display size, you get Windows 8.1 and Office 365 one year subscription. For storage you get 32 gigabytes of onboard storage. There is a 2MP front webcam and 5 mega pixel rear camera with auto focus capabilities. Connectivity options include WiFi, WiDi and Bluetooth 4.0. Battery size is 7800 mAh.
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Display: 8.9 inch IPS (16:10) to 1920 x 1200, 225 PPI, 10 touch points of contact
Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3735F quad-core processor
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Gen7 from 646MHz
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
Storage: 32GB EMMC
Networking: 802.11n WiFi, WiDi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 host
Webcam: 2MP / 5MP with auto-focus
Battery: 7800 mAh
Weight: 521 g
Dimensions: 241 x 169 x 7.9 mm