Another day, another tiny PC. A Chinese company called Hongpad is selling a box powered an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T processor with a wholesale price of $70 to $80.
While the Hongpad Intel Box is being sold as a TV box, it’s capable of running either Google Android or Windows 8.1, so there’s nothing stopping you from using it as a small, inexpensive, low-power desktop computer.
Well, almost nothing.
Despite its slim design, the Hongpad Intel Box has room for three full-sized USB ports, a micro USB port, micro HDMI port, and microSD card slot as well as a headphone jack.
The Hongpad Intel Box features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and according to a listing at Alibaba it supports Windows 8.1 or Google Android. But that doesn’t mean it’ll ship with Windows pre-installed an activated.
Some device makers have opted to save money by loading only a trial version of Windows on similar devices.
That said, you could always install Windows 10 or another operating system. Microsoft’s preview version of its upcoming operating system is free to use until the end of the preview period.
You could also pay for a Windows license… but that would likely double the cost of the Hongpad Intel Box.