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Title: Battle Of Computer Sticks:
Source: Tech Times
URL Source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/4 ... v-tv-stick-vs-rikomagic-v5.htm
Published: Apr 8, 2015
Author: Menchie Mendoza
Post Date: 2015-04-08 07:28:41 by Willie Green
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Chromebit Vs. Compute Stick Vs. MK903V TV Stick Vs. Rikomagic V5

ASUS Chromebit

The Chromebit stick by ASUS may look like a small candy bar, but it delivers a full computing experience perfect for school work and business-related tasks.

Computer sticks, sometimes referred to as stick computers, stick PCs, Android-on-a-Stick and Android mini-PCs, have rapidly evolved from their spotty and less appealing reputation to having a popular and widely-distributed status.

By simply connecting a stick to a TV or a monitor's HDMI input, a person can start working on a secondary PC or media center in a matter of minutes. They also offer the freedom for to work in any location as they are portable enough to carry around in a pocket.

While it's true that the market currently offers a plethora of computer sticks, four in particular truly stand out. These are the Chromebit, Compute Stick, MK903V TV Stick and the Rikomagic V5.

Chromebit. Priced less than $100, the Chromebit works by simply plugging the device into a TV. Sized smaller than a candy bar, the device delivers a full computing experience and is even a perfect upgrade for a desktop. Its portability and affordability make it useful for schools and businesses. The device is scheduled for a summer launch by ASUS.

Compute Stick. The Compute Stick comes in the form of a dongle that can easily plug into an HDMI port to deliver full computing capability. It is now available for preorder and has an official release date set for April 24. The device was unveiled by Intel at the CES in January and features an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It comes in versions of Windows 8.1 and Linux with retail prices set at $149 and $89 respectively. Once it is plugged into a monitor's HDMI port and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the user can enjoy a full  computing experience


MK903V TV Stick. The MK903V TV stick, a minute device that resembles a USB drive, easily connects to any HDTV through the HDMI port. It also needs to be plugged into a power source. Once it's plugged in, users can run any number of Android apps on their TV. Notable features include Android 4.4 KitKat, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB internal storage, a single microSD card slot, HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB and micro USB ports. Its retail price is $122 and he device comes with a remote control.

Rikomagic V5. The Rikomagic V5 is plugged straight into a TV, allowing the user to enjoy a number of TV shows, movies, apps, games, music, pictures and more. Packed with a blazing fast Rockchip3188, the device delivers an impressive snappy performance that can rival even some high-end PCs. Retail price is set at $87.

Poster Comment:

It was just announced yesterday (or maybe the day before) that Intel's Compute Stick is available for "preorder" at many of the better known vendors like Newegg. So with a lot of tech fanfare surrounding this announcement, I just randomly picked an article that also mentions comparable products that are available.

PC Magazine also has an interesting video/article about this amazing little gadget here: Why Do We Need Intel's Compute Stick? (5 images)

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#1. To: Chuck_Wagon, *Science and technology* (#0)

Just in case you're interested, here's another one that you don't need to go wasting $40 at Staples!

Willie Green  posted on  2015-04-08   7:31:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Willie Green (#1)

Thanks Willie!

Quite frankly I want something like that (but bigger) -
that has a display, and a touch screen.
And that fits in my pocket.

I could get some sort of smart phone -
but don't know what to get.
I'd like to keep the price down since I might
break or lose the silly thing.

Any ideas?

Chuck_Wagon  posted on  2015-04-08   8:18:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Chuck_Wagon (#2)

Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet ($99) or any other "tablet" PC with a screen 7" or less. I've seen models for as little as $49, but I'm hesitant to recommend any since I don't have one myself and don't recognize some of the brand names.

But a PC "tablet" sounds like what you're talking about. They generally have touchscreens that you poke with your finger or use a stylus that looks like a ballpoint pen. And they connect to the Internet with WiFi... but they're NOT a wireless telephone. (but maybe you can "phone" somebody with 'em using something like Skype, but I don't know for sure because I don't do that either.)

Willie Green  posted on  2015-04-08   10:06:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Willie Green (#1)

These offer super-cheap ways to get a working PC in various flavors.

Roku and Chromecast are much cheaper but just stream Netflix/Hulu/Amazon to your TV.

Intel's Compute Stick is an obvious streamer for people based on Windows and Windows Media Player streaming.

Google's Chromebit will be a streamer but offer the Chromebook users a full Chromebook experience on a big screen with Google keeping the documents and Chrome browser tabs/bookmarks fully synced via the cloud.

You can put these in your kid's bedroom or on your office TV or wherever. And move it easily anywhere you want.

HDMI really needs to focus on providing enough juice for these sticks that you don't need a second power source for them.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-04-08   10:29:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Chuck_Wagon (#2)

I could get some sort of smart phone - but don't know what to get.

I got my LG-VS450PP Smart Phone from Verizon for $79 when I signed up for their 45 dollar per month unlimited minutes calling plan. It even has a 4.5 inch screen so it's easier to work with if you want to text,send emails,or surf the web.

Does a whole bunch of crap I don't care about,but it also has a built-in flashlight and a GPS with voice that you can add for free as a gadget. Or maybe as a app or a Widget. It's free,whatever it is.

Can't beat the price for 79 bucks,and you can go on amazon and buy a shockproof rubber and plastic case for $9.95 that slides into a plastic carry "pouch" that has a clip to keep it from falling out of your pocket.

Both are a hell of a deal at that price.

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

sneakypete  posted on  2015-04-08   17:52:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Willie Green (#3)

like Skype, but I don't know for sure because I don't do that either.)


Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

sneakypete  posted on  2015-04-08   17:53:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: sneakypete (#6)


You betcha!
Back before Algore invented the InnerWebs,
we had to learn how to surf the Net using one of these:

And believe me.... it's a LOT trickier than it looks!!!

Willie Green  posted on  2015-04-08   18:11:01 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: Willie Green (#3) (Edited)

I've now read about that Fire HD 6 Tablet ($99).
I'll continue to research it. It may fit the bill.

But at the moment I'm so inundated with stuff I have to
deal with - it's not now possible. But I'll get to it.

After I do my mother's taxes. And get my new cell phone to
work properly. And finish assembling my new AMD desktop
machine and getting THAT to work - after I install the
OSs and what-not. And yes I do have all of the ingredients
for the cheesecake that I'm going to make - gotta get to that
before the cream cheese goes bad. And I sure I'm forgetting
a few other things.... Geez...

Chuck_Wagon  posted on  2015-04-09   14:13:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: Willie Green, sneakypete (#3)

I just got a cheapo Alcatel Tracphone.
(Almost free.) For basic phone use.

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is what I'll spend money on - next week.
(The HD 7 doesn't sound worth it...)

Chuck_Wagon  posted on  2015-04-13   19:54:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#10. To: Chuck_Wagon (#9)

I just got a cheapo Alcatel Tracphone.
(Almost free.) For basic phone use.
The Amazon Fire HD 6 is what I'll spend money on - next week.

That sounds like a very sensible & practical combination, Chuck.
It's amazing what all these little electronic devices can do, and how all their different functions seem to be overlapping and merging into one great big gigantic blur.

Willie Green  posted on  2015-04-15   11:51:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#11. To: Willie Green (#10)

...their different functions seem to be overlapping and
merging into one great big gigantic blur...

Yes my new AMD machine's parts are still on the dining room table.
ACK! BLURRY! (And Lazy...)

Ya know - there was a time when I couldn't WAIT to assemble a
new machine once I got the parts. But the mess is still
sitting on the dining room table. My only excuse is laziness.

3.8 / 4.0 gigahertz. Whoopee. I'd rather diddle my housekeeper.
But she has five kids. (But is divorced) but forget that...

Chuck_Wagon  posted on  2015-04-15   20:04:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#12. To: Chuck_Wagon (#11)

But then if you finish the AMD, then you could diddle your housekeeper on the dining room table!

Willie Green  posted on  2015-04-15   20:44:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#13. To: Willie Green (#12)


Your genius knows no bounds!
Thank You!

Chuck_Wagon  posted on  2015-04-15   21:21:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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