Ultra-small PC for under $75? Anything is possible with Android.

August 27, 2012
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ultra-small PC running Android

When it comes to Android, most of us think of smartphones and tablets. The truth is that there are a wide range of devices that make use of Google’s OS, including the Android Mini PC. Not surprisingly, these things come from China and while they might not be from a well known brand, they pack quite a bit of punch into an ultra-small package.

The Android Mini PC is actually the collaboration of several different Chinese companies, and is found on many sites throughout the net with prices varying from as cheap as $50 to as much as $90. Some of these versions have 512MB of RAM, others have a full gig.

This isn’t the first of its kind, but if you can find it at a low enough price, it’s quite a bargain. This ultra-small PC has a full USB port, a mini-USB, mini-HDMI and works with any TV or monitor that supports HDMI. The processor in the Android Mini PC is a 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 CPU. Again, there are both 512MB and 1GB versions when it comes to RAM. The system also works with most keyboards and mice right out of the box, and even special Android-compatible remote controls do exist as add-on accessories. Best of all, the device has Android 4.0 ICS running out of the box.

Why get a mini Android PC? If you are looking to turn your TV into a smart device, that’s one reason, but really there are many great reasons to invest in mini PCs. This would make a great casual gaming device or even a home to all your classic console games via emulation. Considering its only slightly bigger than a standard USB drive, it also means you can carry this ultra-small PC with you no matter where you go – giving you a way to check the net, play games or media from any TV or monitor you come across.

This isn’t nearly as powerful as many high-end phones and tablets out there, but for the price it’s hard to beat. The tricky part is finding a good place to purchase it that doesn’t charge a fortune in shipping, one such place is AndroidMiniPc.net. Here you will get the mini PC for $73, with free shipping.

 

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/mmorpgssuck Miguelito

    Got one of these from China a while back. It can barely even run the OS the specs are so bad.

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax
  • http://www.facebook.com/saadkhan.net Saad Khan

    WANT this shit!

  • Conner Rhoads

    I figured I’d drop sopme feedback on this guy since I picked up from this post.

    We got the 1 GB version of this device. From a performance standpoint, it’s about 1/3 as powerful as my tablet (ASUS Transformer TF101), but that’s not to say the thing runs horrible or anything.

    The only major problem I’m having with the device is it’s wifi is completely crappy. Its great to use if its RIGHT NEXT to the router, but if you try to do anything network intensive (lets not even talk about internet intensive yet) and its not right by the router, it constantly hangs. For instance, I can run Pandora off of it, I can run iHeart radio off it but if I try to run a video over it and it’s not right by the router, it’s constantly freezing and skipping and the wifi connection keeps dropping.

    The day we got it, Androidminipc.net came out with a new device that has a little worse specs but a far better antenna on it.
    I decided I wanted to try to trade to that model as it costs exactly the same but has a remote with it too. I contacted them a week ago via the only means they have available (email). They have not responded yet.

    They offer a 30 day guarantee in which they state they will let you return the product for any reason within 30 days. I hope they honor that. I am getting a serious sense of “buyer beware” with this product.

    • Conner Rhoads

      Some follow up: I’m unsure if this response randomly pushed the site to get their act together or if they were having technical difficulties. I suspect the later is likely as my email was labeled as “Spam” when they finally responded.

      Their followup was quick and professional and offered to allow me to send the item back and as soon as they got a tracking number they would send out the other unit.

      Good service so far now that the email has been answered.