After Raspberry Pi, FXI Cotton Candy and Mele A1000 stick PCs its now the turn of the MK802 micro-PCs to hog the limelight. The tiny computer will work with both Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Linux distributions like Ubuntu. Moreover, what more it sells for just $74!
What it can do?
Made by the Chinese company named RikoMagic, the MK802 is available from Aliexpress in the US via China Post for $74 with free shipping. It runs on the single core A10 Cortex A8 ARM processor that clocks at 1.5 GHz, has a Mali 400 GPU for graphics, DDR3 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of flash memory. The best thing is that you can use microSD cards to fire up the stick PC with any of the common Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian or any other popular Linux distributions. You guessed it right it comes loaded with Android 4.0.
The RikoMagic MK802 has two USB slots including one microUSB port and a microSD card slot. It also supports Wi-Fi networks. Video output via the HDMI is also possible, but you will have to have HDMI cables- you can send 1080p videos to large external screens. You can also use your Android touch keyboard or wireless mouse and keyboard with the stick PC.
The Stick PC Scenario
The MK802 is way inexpensive than the Cotton Candy which goes on sale for $199. The Mele A10000 is marginally cheaper at $70 while Raspberry Pi is a lot cheaper at just $35. These low cost computing options present a novel way to have a candy sized PC that will fire up easily for your essential PC tasks. Powered by Android and Linux, these devices are a way to the future. This may be the beginning of another revolution in the world of gadgets and computing.