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10 USB stick-sized PCs

PC stick, the small but tough computer on Android or Windows

Originally created to transform your television into a smart TV, PC sticks are Android mini-machines with a Wi-Fi connection and wide-ranging connectivity in order to easily connect a monitor and other accessories such as a wireless or USB keyboard, mouse or joystick. The latest models, on Windows or Linux, are ultra mobile office workstations ready for use on any monitor. You can surf, play, check your emails or stream your multimedia content to your TV, all while enjoying Android’s vast range of apps. As well as being inexpensive and very energy efficient, PC sticks will also save the lives of many adventurers…

published on 02.23.16
by Arp Sophie

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Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick

+ a branded stick

Presented at the most recent CES by Intel, this PC is the size of a large USB stick, meaning it can incorporate one of the brand’s processors and can be run on either Windows 8.1 or Linux. It connects to any display via its HDMI port and is powered via micro USB. With 1 Gb of RAM and 6 Gb of storage, this backup PC is capable of running the Office suite or streaming video in full HD.

€149 on Windows or €99 on Linux
www.intel.com

Intel Compute Stick
MeeGoPad or Esense Mini-PC Stick D1

MeeGoPad or Esense Mini-PC Stick D1

+ Ultra compact Windows PC

Two other Chinese-made Pocket PCs that include the same components. This stick is designed to run on Windows 8.1, but can also run other operating systems such as Android or Ubuntu. Although storage is minimal (16 or 32 Gb), it can turn your monitor into an all-in-one computer and offer a range of uses for your TV (surfing, email, office applications).

Around €120
Available on Amazon

MeeGoPad or Esense Mini-PC Stick D1
Beelink Intel Pocket P2

Beelink Intel Pocket P2

+ USB 3.0

Very similar to the Compute Stick, its Intel processor allows it to run on Windows 8.1, and soon with Windows 10. Its 32 Gb of expandable storage and fast USB port (3.0) also make it the complete mini PC. And thanks to its infrared port, you can control it with a remote control.

Around €100
www.bee-link.com

Beelink Intel Pocket P2
Ugoos UM2

Ugoos UM2

+ remote control supplied

Connect the UM2 to your TV via HDMI and transform it into a smart TV. You can enjoy all of Android’s apps to play games, watch movies or tweet through your TV. The supplied remote control makes for simple navigation and control, but you can also connect a keyboard and mouse to its two USB ports.

Around €100
ugoos.net

Ugoos UM2
Tronsmart MK908II

Tronsmart MK908II

+ reliable Wi-Fi, expandable

A ready-to-use PC stick on Android offering great performance: quad-core processor, 2 Gb of RAM, Wi-Fi N connection with folding antenna and Bluetooth 4.0. 8 Gb of storage that can be expanded via a MicroSDHC memory card reader, and 2 USB ports and an HDMI output are provided for connections. Compatible with the Droidmote app, it lets you use another Android device as a remote control and operate its touch-screen features on a TV. A short demo video.

Less than €60
www.tronsmart.com

Tronsmart MK908II
Rikomagic V5

Rikomagic V5

+ broadband connection

A recent model on Android (4.4) that offers the advantage of very high speed broadband connection, either through wired Ethernet Gigabit or AC Wi-Fi using its external antenna. Play 3D games on your TV and easily access all your media, whether they are stored on your home network or on the cloud. Peripherals and connections: HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB ports, MicroSDHC card reader and an infrared input.

Around €90
www.rikomagic.com

Rikomagic V5
GK525 RK3188

GK525 RK3188

+ camera, airplay

Offering the same performance as a tablet, this mini Android machine has a
2-megapixel camera, a microphone and an external Wi-Fi antenna. A portable videoconferencing system, this is also a great tool for streaming content on a TV using its Miracast, AirPlay and DLNA compatibility.

Around €65

GK525 RK3188
PQ Labs iStick A350

PQ Labs iStick A350

+ SSD storage

In addition to the standard functions, the iStick A350 has a connector for a solid-state drive (SSD). You can use this to store a large volume of data (movies and HD images, music library, etc.). Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port also make it an effective streaming solution. A genuine pocket PC on Android, also Linux compatible.

Around €160
store.pqlabs.com

PQ Labs iStick A350

published on 02.23.16
by Arp Sophie

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