There are a growing number of Windows tablets that sell for under $200. In fact, some cost less then $100. While they’re positioned as low-cost alternatives to Apple iPads or tablets running Android, most of these little tablets have Intel processors and support for running full-fledged Windows desktop apps.
It can be tricky to actually use some of those apps on a 7 or 8 inch touchscreen display… but if you connect a keyboard, mouse, external display, and maybe even an extra hard drive or SSD then you can turn a cheap Windows tablet into a cheap Windows desktop.
That’s even possible on some devices that lack HDMI, Ethernet, or other features you’d normally expect from a desktop or notebook.
Chippy from UMPC Portal decided to connect a $180 HP Stream 8 tablet to a USB dock that adds support for Gigabit Etehrnet, an external monitor (through DisplayLink), a keyboard, mouse, storage, and audio.
- Using the HP Stream 8 tablet as a Windows desktop PC
HP’s little tablet performs best when you’re running tablet-style apps, but it can handle a few of them at a time… or maybe one more resource-intensive destktop app at a time. [UMPC Portal]
- Microsoft Surface tablet division reports $1.1 billion in revenue for the quarter
That’s a 24 percent increase, and a good sign that people are actually spending money on Microsoft’s tablets these days. The company says growth was largely driven by the Surface Pro 3. Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions are also up, as is search advertising revenue. [Microsoft]
- Now you have to pay for (fake) gas (with real money) in racing video games
In-app purchases are starting to feel more like tedious real-life purchases. EA’s new Need for Speed game charges you to fill up the tank if you want to keep on racing… although you can pay for free by waiting for it to refill itself (the cars must be solar hybrids or something) [Android Police
- Next-gen Asus ZenWatch might get 7 days battery life
To get there though, Asus might use a slower processor and a more efficient operating system. In other words, the ZenWatch 2 might not run Android Wear. [Tapei Times]
- Limited hardware-accelerated video in Linux on the Firefly dev board with a Rockchip RK3288 chip
Want to run Ubuntu instead of Android on your ARM-based computer? You’ll probably have to go without hardware-accelerated video or graphics. But there’s at least *some* support for hardware acceleration on devices with the RK3288 chip. [JasHacks]
- Moto X, Moto G, and Moto X Pro (Nexus 6 without the Google logo) launch in China
Motorola used to sell phones in China. Then it didn’t. Now it does again… which is hardly shocking, since Motorola is now owned by Lenovo — the world’s biggest PC maker happens to be based in China. [Motorola]
- Windows 10 on the MeegoPad T01 $100ish PC-on-a-stick (video)
So you bought a MeeGoPad T01 mini PC only to discover that it came pre-loaded with an unlicensed copy of Windows 8.1? No problem. You can install another operating system… like the preview version of Windows 10 which is free to use until Microsoft releases the full version of the operating system later this year. The video below shows what it looks like in action on the MeegoPad T01. [AndroidPC.es]