Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mini touchscreen PC

An associate at work mentioned Chinese PC manufacturer PiPO in response to my blogs on the HP Stream and Intel Compute Stick mini-PC's.

I did a little research on their product line and discovered another useful and inexpensive mini-PC, the PiPO X8. It's a desktop 7" touchscreen PC that dual-boots Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4. 

They're marketing it as a "set top" media player for your TV – it's got an HDMI output to hook up to your TV/monitor. It doesn't have batteries, so it needs to be plugged in all the time contrary to most of their promotional pictures...

Here are some of the specs:

  • Intel Quad Core Atom processor 1.33 – 2.16 GHz
  • HD Graphics
  • 2GB Ram
  • 32GB storage
  • Micro SD slot
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Ethernet 10/100
  • WiFi 802.1 b/g/n
  • 4 USB (2.0) ports
  • Microphone, two speakers and an earphone jack

I just picked one up and it seems to work well, if you don't push it. The touchscreen is responsive and video plays well. I've attached a small video camera for use with Skype. It comes with a free year of Office, but I think the performance with anything but a very simple document or spreadsheet would limit this use.

I'm thinking that this (or it's screenless brother, the X7) might make a good digital media player. They're both less than $120 on Amazon (without a keyboard and mouse.)

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