There’s no shortage of Intel Compute Stick-style mini computers that you can plug into your TV to run Windows on a big screen. But most models have the same basic specs.
New Intel Compute Stick models with updated specs should be available later this year. But if the features you care most about are a low price tag and a larger amount of storage, there may already be an option.
The FastDisk PC Stick with 64GB of storage is available from AliExpress for $100 after you click the box for a $4 coupon.
That makes the FastDisk PC Stick much cheaper than a 32GB Intel Compute Stick Windows mini PC.
FastDisk also offers 32GB models for $86.
This little PC also has an external, adjustable antenna. I can’t say for certain if that means it offers better WiFi performance than the Intel Compute Stick… but it would be hard for any computer to offer worse performance than Intel’s little PC stick, which has a hard time staying connected to a WiFi network unless it’s sitting right next to your router.
Other features for the FastDisk PC stick are pretty much par for the course, including an Intel Atom Z3735 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD card slot.
There’s an HDMI connector which you can plug directly into a television, and the little PC has a micro USB port (for power) and a full-sized USB port for connecting peripherals.
According to the AliExpress product page, the FastDisk computer comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing software and features a valid Windows license. But it’s always a good idea to proceed with caution with low-cost Windows products form China and have a plan B. On the off chance that the device arrives without a valid license, you may be able to install Ubuntu on it.