Computing has come a long way since the days when computers could take up entire rooms just to complete basic mathematical equations, now there are products like the MK802 PC, a USB sized Google Android 4.0 based PC that can plug into any display with an HDMI port.
Billed as an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, the Model MK802 PC is now selling on AliExpress for the ridiculously low price of just $74.
For that price buyers receive a decent single-core 1.5GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 process that runs on 512MB of RAM with 4GB of storage. While power users will likely scoff at those specs, business users who want to quickly setup and showcase slideshows and other business presentations should fine the product very useful.
It should be noted that unlike the Raspberry Pi which connected directly to an HDMI port the MK802 PC uses an HDMI connector which requires an HDMI cable to take advantage of a display. Once connected however it supports 1080p HD video playback with support for various formats.
The MK802 also offers HTML5 and Flash playback along with plenty of audio format support.
The tiny little gadget doesn’t stop there it also managed to pack in a full-sized USB ports and a micro-USB port while offering 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capabilities. Wireless N capabilities would have been nice but honestly with the processor and storage specs that have been made available it wouldn’t have made much of a noticeably difference.
For power users this device could in theory support Linux OS and even dual-boot capabilities but that’s a hack for experienced users to try out.