Thanks to the wonders of technology, gone are the days of having to use gigantic and clunky desktops and tower cases.
Today, there are dozens of reasonably priced and amazing tablets and super-portable laptops to purchase, but if you still want that PC experience on the cheap, look no further than the Terryza W5 Pro PC Stick.
Right now on Amazon, if you click on the $10 coupon, the total price for this instant mini-computer is only $145. At this rock-bottom price, you really can’t go wrong by giving it a try.
Barely bigger than a flash drive, this nifty device can transform nearly any monitor, TV or projector into a solid computer that runs Windows 10 Pro.
All you have to do is plug it into an HDMI port and you’ll get to enjoy Intel’s Z8350 processor (1.44 GHz and up to 1.92 GHz in burst mode), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and support for dual-band Wi-Fi. There are also two USB ports (one 2.0 and one 3.0) and a microSD card slot to boot.
No, this little PC definitely won’t match up with high-end laptop offerings from the likes of Apple or Samsung, but if all you need to do is check email and do basic streaming, this could be a great cost-saving alternative.
Be aware that you will need to provide your own mouse and keyboard. In keeping with the theme of being budget-conscious, perhaps there are some workable options just sitting there in your basement cabinet.
One user noted that although you can’t play graphics-intensive games on it, the PC stick works well for streaming HD videos.
“I was skeptical about a Windows computer in this form … but it works surprisingly well,” he said. “Obviously, you will not be able to game with it. But it works well for streaming Netflix and YouTube videos … it’s been running fine without any issue.”
Another user was impressed by the portability factor.
“This thing is tiny,” he said. “You can bring it with you on holiday and plug it into the hotel TV.”
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. He currently resides in Minneapolis.