hongpadIs it me, or is the trend of small computers (and by this, I do mean desktops) starting to catch on? Here we are with another Chinese company known as Hongpad that has started to put up on sale a box which will run on an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T processor. The asking price for this diminutive device? We are looking at a wholesale price of $70 to $80 a pop.

It is being marketed in the guise of a TV box, which would allow it to run on either Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, or Google’s very own Android mobile operating system, making it function as a small and inexpensive, low-power desktop machine. The slim form factor should not take away from the fact that the Hongpad Intel Box will sport a trio of full-sized USB ports, a micro USB port, a micro HDMI port, and a microSD memory card slot – oh yeah, not forgetting the headphone jack as well.

It will boast of 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory to boot. Do bear in mind that while it supports Windows 8.1, this does not mean that it will ship with an activated copy of Windows 8.1 – since some manufacturers might still load a trial version, requiring you to pay for the full license; which inevitably, would end up doubling the cost of owning a Hongpad.

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