Intel are starting to make waves in the tablet space, with x86 processors appearing more frequently. Now, it’s starting to move into mini PCs. The combination of cheaper Intel chipsets and Windows licences has bred devices like the MeegoPad T01. The MeegoPad T01 is a Intel Bay Trail-powered Atom PC with the familiar “Android Stick” form factor. Armed with a quadcore 1.33 GHz processor, this tiny stick is capable of running both Android 4.4 and Windows 8 in a dual OS configuration
This is a very exciting product as it combines cheap hardware and the allows you to run Windows which eliminates many of the limitations with Android-based devices such as getting the right drivers for peripherals. Additionally, getting Netflix and other streaming apps working should be much easier, as often embedded platforms don’t always support the required DRM. It’s also capable of loading Android 4.4.2. Whilst the Atom Z3735F isn’t necessarily the fastest chip around, it should be ideal for handling XBMC/Kodi, media playback, web browsing and even some light gaming. You can see CPUBoss’ benchmarks here. The inclusion of a power button is a small thing but something that I find very exciting as I don’t always like having my media players running all the time so this addition is incredibly welcome and strangely rare in the Mini PC world. I personally want to get my hands on a MeegoPad T01 as I love the idea of having a tiny Windows media center that I can take around with me.
MeegoPad T01 Specifications Chipset: Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics Gen 7 (2W TDP) RAM: 2 GB DDR3L-1333 (64-bit up to 10.6 GB/s) Storage: 16 or 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 64GB Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4 Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Realtek RTL8723BS) USB: 2x micro USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 port Other Features: Power button OS: Windows 8/Android 4.4 (Dual Boot)
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