These days there’s not much you can get for less than £30/$50 that’s actually really useful, but a Mini PC is the exception.
There are lots of reasons why we think you will want one besides just the ridiculously low price. The Mini PC is about the same size as a Google TV/Chromecast (about 1 inch by 3 inches) but it is far more than just a media centre for your TV. We highlight a few other uses below:
Ease of Use
Five out of six smartphone users around the world use Android devices. With nearly 80% market share, the Android operating system is a familiar sight to most, so it will be no surprise when you turn on your Mini PC for the first time. As for setting it up, it’s just a simple case of plugging it into the HDMI slot on your TV and powering it up. To control it, any wireless keyboard, mouse or controller will do, or you can use your existing smartphone or tablet as a controller with the appropriate software. Most offer a controller option as an extra anyway if you order thru most of the bigger sites like Amazon. After that, everything will be familiar to you. The built-in wireless feature means easy access to your network without any cables; the USB port can accept a hub for memory sticks and external hard drives, It also sports an SD card slot if you want more on-board memory. In short, it will be familiar to anyone who has used an Android smartphone or tablet.
Because of its size and ease of use, it is an ideal option as a presentation device too. Just pop it in your pocket and anywhere there’s a big HD TV screen, you can simply plug it in and you have your PC, with all your media on it, waiting to be shown, with hardly any setting up and no more huddling round a tablet or laptop screen.
Since Google Play is available on the Mini PC, you can get nearly all the same apps you have with your other devices: checking email or posting on Facebook or any other social links isn’t a problem, nor is writing up a quick letter to print off. You can do anything you did before – but on a bigger screen.
Yes, inevitably it’s an Android game console too – 3D Snooker just seems so much better on a 50-inch screen than on your tablet. You could still play it on your phone or tablet, and screencast to your TV through the Mini PC, but why bother when it can be already on there anyway?
Enjoy an extra 3000 TV channels with any of the TV apps available, or just YouTube, Netflix or any other number of ways to watch your favorite shows from the cloud or your hard drive. The Mini PC does stuff that a smart TV does, without the cost and it’s far more capable.
With a quick search through Google Play, you can find so many apps that will work great with the Mini PC. Plug in a webcam, download Skype and you’ve got family sitting around the TV talking to far-away friends or relatives without being at a desktop or passing round a phone/tablet. Share your snapshots or videos from your phone onto the big screen wirelessly, stream your music from wherever it is on your network or device to your TV surround sound through the Mini PC.
What could possibly stop you from getting one?
Where to get your Android Mini-PC
On Amazon in the UK:
On Amazon in the US: