MINIX has refreshed their NEO series Media Hub by introducing two new models, the MINIX NEO X8 and MINIX NEO X8-H.
These Android-powered devices transform any conventional TV or monitor with an HDMI connection into a SMART TV / fully functional PC. Enabling you to run Apps, browse the Internet, access Google Play Store, Netflix, Skype and even comes pre-installed with XBMC Media Center (MINIX Edition) supporting full hardware decoding.
Let take a look at what the MINIX NEO X8-H Media Hub has to offer.
As described by CompuLab, the Utilite is a fanless ARM Cortex-A9 computer delivering high performance and rich I/O in a tiny form-factor. Utilite is offered with fully featured, desktop-grade Ubuntu Linux or Android operating systems delivering rich multimedia and PC-like user experience.
But this device is so inexpensive, surely it cannot really replace my Linux Desktop PC you ask? Let's find out!
The Rikomagic MK802IIIS is a Mini PC running Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Slightly larger than a USB stick, this device transforms any monitor or television with an HDMI port into a fully functional computing platform. Nearly identical to what you'd see on an Android smart-phone or tablet computer, the MK802IIIs provides access to applications, games, video, web browsing and Google Play store front.
One day I was surfing Dell's website to help a friend purchase a new computer and I stumbled across this baby. I know that I did not need a new computer. I had just built myself an Athlon 1700+ XP based system earlier this year.
For the last two years I have been using a notebook as my daily base of operations. As a "roadwarrior" I like to have all of my programs, files, etc on hand at all times. I love the freedom of being able to pack up and go, wherever, and have a powerful computer at my side. I thought I had it all with my previous laptop. But I once again outgrew a computer. I was in the need of much more power. I found it with the Latitude C840.
It's not too often you hear of a pre-built Linux machine, right? Sure some major vendors (brand-name PC manufactures) are starting to jump on the Linux bandwagon to offer their own "Linux solution" with their own fabricated components and pre-installed distribution. But from my experiences, brand-name PCs are nothing but trouble. Often opting for cheap, generic, run of the mill components just to save a few dollars and give the illusion the consumer is getting "more bang for the buck".