I’ve got a Logitech webcam that sits on top of my monitor waiting for me to plug it in when I’m making a video call. It’s held in place by a small clip that grabs the edge of my display. And when I saw a picture of the new TVPRO HD6 computer, my first thought was that it looks a bit like my webcam… and there’s a good reason for that.
The TVPRO HD6 has the guts of a Windows 10 computer, but they’re stuffed into a compact case that’s designed to clip to the top of your monitor. And there’s a camera on the front, because this little system is designed for video conferencing.
Instead of plugging a webcam into your computer, you can just put the whole computer on top of your TV or monitor.
Just don’t expect a super-powerful computer. Under the hood, the TVPRO HD6 has the same basic hardware as a first-gen Intel Compute Stick: an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. It has two USB 2.0 ports and supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
But this little PC has a few things that Intel’s model lacked. In addition to a 1080p camera, the computer features two HDMI outputs, stereo speakers, dual microphones, and 3.5mm mic and speaker/headphone jacks.
The whole thing measures about 7.9″ x 1.9″ x 1.4″ which makes it bigger than a typical webcam (or PC-on-a-stick), but still pretty small for a desktop computer.
The TVPRO HD6 is available from AliExpress for $146. It ships from China and comes with an air mouse with a QWERTY keyboard.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a Chinese company stuff a computer-like device into a box that sits atop your TV. A few years ago we started to see some similar Android devices with ARM-based processors.