The Smallart U-Host is a tiny, hackable computing device that runs on Android 4.0. The folks at CNXSoft just reviewed the Mini PC and found it to be a capable little device. It’s easy enough to understand out of the box for mainstream users with Android experience and a treasure trove of customization for those with a hacker bent.
The U-Host Mini PC resembles a largish USB Flash drive, but the connector sticking out of one end is HDMI, not USB. Users can plug the device right into an HDTV or HD monitor. If you want easier access to the ports, the unit comes with a short HDMI extension cord.
Other ports include a USB host port, mini USB, microSD and a microphone jack. Users can plug the U-Host into a PC and use it as a storage drive as well as a standalone PC.
The most obvious usage for this little guy is as a media player/SmartTV. It has access to the Google Play store, so owners can download compatible media apps. And it’s simple enough to sideload content.
However, CNX found that video codec support isn’t as wide as they would like. Perhaps when VLC Player for Android is final this won’t be a problem.
As mini PCs go, the Smallart U-Host appears pretty decent for $70. Click over to CNXSoft to read the full review.
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