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Topic # 160489 8-Jan-2015 13:00
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Not sure if this goes here or mobile computers, but this is close enough.
Thought the NUC was just too big and cumbersome and streaming was too finicky, well Intel have the device for you

Full Windows, 2 GB ram, 32 GB drive, quad core atom all in a package not much bigger than the chromecast. Looks really cool. Price should be around $200 NZ as well if it works out right from the $150 USD.  

Loving Intel's push to interesting computers.




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  Reply # 1210510 8-Jan-2015 13:07
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Very cool. Will be great for our reception displays at work. 

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  Reply # 1210512 8-Jan-2015 13:17
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FYI there have been several of these available since around October

Meegopad Intel Quad Core dongle

 from AliExpress for $110



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  Reply # 1210514 8-Jan-2015 13:19
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Looks like it will have a microSD slot too so you can supplement the tiny internal storage. 
Toms hardware review.
There may even be a super minimal one with just 8GB of storage running linux too. 




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  Reply # 1210545 8-Jan-2015 14:06
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Could the first person to see these in the country or on Amazon ask for the thread to be unlocked.  I can think of 2 business uses for these immediately.




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  Reply # 1210594 8-Jan-2015 14:52
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Anyone know if they will do HDMI-CEC so I can control it with the TV remote? (Like my RPi does)




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  Reply # 1210635 8-Jan-2015 15:32
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ajobbins: Anyone know if they will do HDMI-CEC so I can control it with the TV remote? (Like my RPi does)


I have one of these, I'll try to test it and find out tonight

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  Reply # 1210638 8-Jan-2015 15:45
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With the variety of devices such as this on the market now, it's a real pitty the TV manufacturers don't just produce dumb panels thereby reducing cost, and we can enhance them to smartTV status ourselves!

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wsnz: With the variety of devices such as this on the market now, it's a real pitty the TV manufacturers don't just produce dumb panels thereby reducing cost, and we can enhance them to smartTV status ourselves!


I wish auto manufacturers would do the same.  install a screen and generic hardware into the center console with a generic API for the auto functions, and just let you drop in an SD card with an OS.




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I think it would be great if Mr Bossman Freitas was able to score a few of these for folks to try and report on in these forums. These look genuinely impressive!

Whadya think MF? If ever there was a hungry community for this sort of thing.... It's gz'rs




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  Reply # 1210862 8-Jan-2015 23:20
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wsnz: With the variety of devices such as this on the market now, it's a real pitty the TV manufacturers don't just produce dumb panels thereby reducing cost, and we can enhance them to smartTV status ourselves!


I wish auto manufacturers would do the same.  install a screen and generic hardware into the center console with a generic API for the auto functions, and just let you drop in an SD card with an OS.


That sounds like a recipe for complete disaster, and one I will bet right now will not happen any time soon. Imagine lawsuits cropping up due to "hacks" that cause issues whilst people are driving, distractions etc. No way could an Auto manufacturer control enough of the values to not guarantee impacting the driver experience/concentration. 

if it's plugged directly into the car, they would become partially responsible. 


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  Reply # 1210869 8-Jan-2015 23:32
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Is this the hardware the Amazon Fire TV Stick is based on?

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  Reply # 1210962 9-Jan-2015 09:28
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paulmilbank: Not sure if this goes here or mobile computers, but this is close enough.
Thought the NUC was just too big and cumbersome and streaming was too finicky


In what way was the streaming finicky ? I thought the NUC's were the bee's knees for a HTPC /  streaming ?

May have to  re-evaluate my options if the NUC's are going to be  a problem ....






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  Reply # 1210987 9-Jan-2015 10:37
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Wasn't really aimed at NUC units. More at issues with chromecasts even though that is more wifi strength and hard coded dns related. Full windows means easy to change settings, dns, vpn etc. 




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  Reply # 1210990 9-Jan-2015 10:45
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insane: Is this the hardware the Amazon Fire TV Stick is based on?


Nope, The Fire TV Stick is an ARM based unit, the intel one is Atom based.





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paulmilbank: Not sure if this goes here or mobile computers, but this is close enough.
Thought the NUC was just too big and cumbersome and streaming was too finicky


In what way was the streaming finicky ? I thought the NUC's were the bee's knees for a HTPC /  streaming ?

May have to  re-evaluate my options if the NUC's are going to be  a problem ....




I have a NUC running Windows 7, absolutely no issues with it. A great wee thing! It's hooked up to our newly purchased TV now. The older smaller TV has retired to our bedroom so I'll be looking for a device to use on it. The Intel Stick looks just the thing for it! Can't wait!




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