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Tablet vs Mini PC for streaming


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#1 ukbb

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 01:49 PM

I'm looking to replace the Android computer I bought for my office TV because it is buggy and a bandwidth hog when I use it to stream anything. I'm looking at 2 options.

1. Zotac ZBOX PI320 pico:

http://liliputing.com/2014/10/first-look-zotacs-palm-sided-w...

Basically a mini desktop with HDMI out for hooking to monitor or TV and comes with windows 8.1 with bing loaded on it. In the video Brad Linder shows it running XBMC with no problems. Price is $200.

Advantages:
Low power at only 2 watts you can leave it on 24/7/365 and it will only set you back a $1.75 in electricity for the year.
No battery to go bad.
Full sized USB ports.

Disadvantages:
You can't unhook it and carry it around the house when you want. Well you can but it won't do you much good.
Higher price.
No Office preinstalled.

2. WinBook TW801 Tablet:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/437499/TW801_Tablet_-_Black

Specs are nearly identical to the Zotac unit. Kind of like they took the guts of this tablet and stuck it in the Zotac box. Processor is the same as is the memory and storage. This also comes with Windows 8.1 and, in addition, has MS Office 365 free for one year. Price is $139.

Advantages:
When not using it to stream or act as 2nd PC on office TV you can unhook it and take it with you, it is, after all, a tablet.
Price.

Disadvantages:
Will the battery be an issue over time or is that even a worry since by then I'll probably be ready to upgrade anyways?
Need to get a USB On-The-Go adapter since the USB port is a micro USB

Any other thoughts on which way to go? Will the tablet's battery be an issue or not? Most of the time it will be plugged in to power.



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Posted 14 November 2014 - 04:10 PM

This has a full sized USB 3.0 port in addition to the micro USB port... Just sayin:)



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Posted 14 November 2014 - 04:51 PM

This has a full sized USB 3.0 port in addition to the micro USB port... Just sayin:)

 

The tablet does, the pico has USB 2.0 only.






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