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[SuperDeal] Ainol Windows 8.1 Mini PC With Intel Z3735D Quad-Core CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB Storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 7000mAh Built-in Battery For $109

So, you’re looking for a new PC? It can be a daunting task shopping for a new one as the market is saturated with literally thousands of models, and, if you’re not an IT expert, you may not even know where to begin.

The good news is that purchasing a new computer is now so much easier and you can do it online and from the comfort of your own home (no more battling the crowds at the mall and sullen shop assistants). If you enjoy convenience (don’t we all?) or if you are “technically-challenged”, many PCs now come with pre-installed Windows software, such as the powerful new Ainol Mini PC powered which comes pre-installed with a legitimate licensed copy of Windows 8.1 . This means that you will not need to struggle through the long and arduous installation process and those horrible CDs that always used to come with new computers. Your computer is ready to use as soon as you receive it – what a joy!

Ainol MiniPC

The Ainol Windows Mini PC is a tiny, slim computer and is so compact that it can slide into your back pocket. It weighs only 335g which is the equivalent to a bottle of Coke! Don’t be fooled, though, because although this little PC is small, dynamite comes in small packages and this PC has an amazing Intel Z3735D 1.8Ghz 64 bit quad-core CPU, Integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU, 2GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC ROM, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, supports TF card upto 128GB, 3-axis G-sensor, high sensitivity, supports HDMI and has 2 x USB 2.0;1 x Micro SD card slot;1 x 3.5mm Earphone jack interfaces. It also has a built-in 7000m Ah battery and can work for more than 10 hours and on standby for a whopping 40 hours! It will act as a power bank for your phone and will fully charge 2 iPhone 6s. This powerful little PC comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 (Bing authorized edition) so you will be ready to work within minutes! It also has other amazing features such as live Windows tiles, metro UI and has access to the Windows Store. What’s even more unbelievable is that the boot-up time is only 10 seconds !

CHIP - The $9 Computer

CHIP Computer Logo$35 Raspberry Pi has the crown of being world's smallest and cheapest computer, but this seems not to be the case anymore. C.H.I.P. - a brand new entry to the mini-computing scene has already been successfully crowd-funded at kickstarter, the "100% open-source" product features attractive functionality and power for a price-tag of $9 which includes a 1Ghz A13 Allwinner CPU, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, 4GB NAND storage, USB, Micro USB, Video/Audio/MIC Composite, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wifi 802.11B/G/N.

The tiny C.H.I.P. SOC is designed to run Debian Linux including modern desktop GUI apps like LibreOffice, VLC, or the Firefox or Chrome web browsers. Best of all, CHIP runs mainline Linux, which means it’s easier than ever to keep teaching it new tricks without inheriting a pile of kernel patches. Do watch the introduction video shared by MAKE magazine of this exciting new development for maker's community.

CHIP Tiny Computer
CHIP Connections
CHIP Computer Features

Raspberry Pi 2 - 6x Faster, Quad-Core, 1GB And Support For Windows 10 At Just $35

The $35 Raspberry Pi Mini-PC originally aimed to be an affordable educational device to learn computing has started a whole new category of enthusiast using the mini-computer under various scenarios from smart electronic projects to desktop computer's and mini-servers.

The all new second generation Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has now available offering 6x more performance then it's predecessor, thanks to an all new 900MHz Quad-Core Armv7 SOC (Single Board Computer) Broadcom BCM2836 coupled with 1GB of RAM. Apart from the CPU and RAM everything remains the same from form factor to connectors like 4 USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, Full HDMI port, Ethernet port, Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video, Camera interface (CSI), Display interface (DSI), Micro SD card slot and VideoCore IV 3D graphics core - which means all the older accessories and software-code can be used with the new Pi.

To make the news even more sweeter, the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will cost the same US$35 and will also support an IoT (Internet Of Things) trimmed down version of Microsoft Windows 10. This release of Windows 10 will also be 100% free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.

Raspberry Pi 2

Intel® Compute Stick - Quad Core Atom CPU With Windows 8.1

HDMI Android and Linux TV sticks are nothing new, but now we have Intel Quad Core powered Windows mini-pcs's as GULEEK i8 which is already on sale and we blogged about it earlier. Intel has also announced their own version of the Mini-PC Stick at CES 2015 as shared below.

The Intel Compute Stick is a new generation device which is a full-featured plug-n-play Desktop computer with a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. The four inches long, ultra-small, power-efficient device will come pre-installed in two flavors one with Windows 8.1 priced at $150 and other one with Linux priced at $89.

The Intel Compute Stick is planned to be released in March, 2015 but as of now the GULEEK i8 seems a better deal considering the fact that it is powered by same Intel branded CPU, is cheaper (for Windows version), has 3000mAh built-in battery, more connectors, comes with a remote control app for mobile phone and is available to order right now for just $103.

Intel Compute Stick

GULEEK i8 : $104 Intel Quad-Core Mini-PC With Windows 8.1 And Built-in Battery

There are tons of TV sticks and mini-pc's with Android and Linux support, but a new breed of Intel Quad-core HDMI mini-pc's have now started to appear supporting a fully-functional Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS.

GULEEK i8 comes powered with an 1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 2 full-sized USB ports, a micro USB port (for charging), a micro HDMI port, a headset jack, microphone, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3000mAh battery (allowing usage as a portable media player without need of a power adapter), all this in a ultra-slim, light-weight and noise-free fanless design. The Intel powered quad-core CPU coupled with Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS makes this one of the best setup for a home entertainment system supporting hardware video decoding (Intel HD Graphic(Gen7)) with full codec support unlike it's Android and Linux counterparts, just plug this on any screen via HDMI and you have a fully-functional desktop computer with Windows 8.1 OS.

You can also use this as an headless system, the mini-pc comes with an Android app supporting remote login and interaction with the GULEEK i8 without requiring a keyboard and mouse.


Intel Quad-Core Mini-PC With Windows 8.1
Intel Quad-Core Mini-PC With Windows 8.1

Affordable Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle For Raspberry Pi

While Raspberry Pi certainly is a cheap mini-computer, adding accessories to it blows up ownership costs a lot. While adding WiFi is relatively cheap, finding a compatible Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 (BLE) for a bargain is hard. Luckily, I found the Orico BTA-403 Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle which comes with CSR8510 Low Energy Chip and is compatible with Linux and Raspberry Pi despite being not listed as such in the description, this is certainly a must-have deal for $8 including worldwide shipping. Instructions for setup are as shared below.

ORICO BTA-4 BLE USB

Raspberry Pi Gets A New Modern Web-browser

Raspberry Pi team has been working with Collabora to offer a better web-browsing experience on the mini-computer, their efforts have now getting results in form of Epiphany (aka GNOME Web). The up-to-date, HTML5-capable web browser for the Pi aims to support a reasonably good multi-tab web-surfing experience with ARMv6-optimized 2d rendering and accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding. The new web-browser for Raspberry Pi is offers better interactivity during page loading and faster scrolling.

HTML5 Capable Web-browser For Raspberry Pi

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MicroXwin Runs Debian & Android Together, Works Faster On Raspberry Pi

X- Window System is the core graphic-framework for Unix/Linux desktops. Sadly, it does not works very well with low-power mini-pc's like Raspberry Pi and therefore alternatives like Wayland are being developed. MicroXwin is a kernel-based X Windows implementation, which claims to be the smallest and fastest X implementation promising a faster, stable and has low-latency GUI on mini-pc's with the added advantage of being a unified Linux distribution that can run Android and Debian/Ubuntu applications simultaneously. Both Android and Debian apps run at native speeds and unlike other hacks Debian apps don't depend on Android and has full compatibility with all Android applications.

This is looking to be a great solution to the lack of proper graphic-driver problem on Debian ARM, which prevents proper YouTube and HD video playback on these devices where Android will act as the solution under the unified distribution. VolksPC, the company behind MicroXwin have also shared two videos - one showing Debian-Android duality, and the other showing upto 66% faster desktop performance on Raspberry Pi.

[Video] Modern And Fluid Maynard Desktop For Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is not designed to run heavy KDE or Gnome based Dekstop interfaces and users are looking forward to a more responsive and modern desktop then current default LXDE shell. Wayland Weston is the answer with it's minimal and fast compositor which is suitable for many embedded and mobile use cases like RPi.

Maynard a new desktop environment designed for the Raspberry Pi utilizes Wayland and the power of Hardware Video Scaler (HVS) inside the BCM2835 chip of Raspberry Pi's hardware to offer a much smoother, yet modern looking working environment on limited system resources. The future default Desktop environment for Raspberry Pi is far for complete, but has started to take a nice shape destined to be a fully-functional, light and pretty shell. Do watch the video demonstration shared below and follow the simple installation instructions to try it yourself.

Maynard Desktop For Raspberry Pi
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