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    Interesting mini windows pc's

    I have one of these on order and it should arrive Thursday. The specs look great for most carputer use and the price is right with free fast shipping. The thing that caught my eye was the size. 4" square and 5v is another bonus. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/free-...259061648.html I got the square unit but I am also thinking about this other unit that has a battery same basic hardware specs just a different shape still quite small as well http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-...257704643.html. I will post my finding on how this unit performs in the next week or so. SNO
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    Any thoughts on how to handle startup/shutdown? Truth is, with Win10, startup is less than 10 seconds anyway, but I know this crowd hates the idea of pressing a button.

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    Nice finding SNO.
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    The Winbooks at Microcenter have had their prices dropped again... The 7" tablet is like $60.. I have one of the 8" tablets and they are probably one of the best low cost tablets I have seen out there. My TW802 is like $99 now.

    Doesn't have some of the issues mentioned elsewhere with these cheap tablets. Not sure how the 7" tablet will do but the 8" ones are nice. I use mine for doing car diagnostics now. And the Atom processor does seem to work nicely.

    The nice thing about these winbooks is they have a small micro USB for charging only and a standard USB for hooking up anything else... Also comes with blue tooth and Wifi. Wish it had GPS but can't have everything I guess and you can connect one to it easily.

    Just another thought... It does also have a HDMI output so you COULD bury the tablet and hook up a touch screen with HDMI if you REALLY wanted to...
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    This find is now officially the most appealing thing that might make me switch to windows!
    I will subscribe to this thread to see what happens next, and have my fiancÚ order it as a wedding gift if successful.
    As long as it plays nice with possible external hard drive and GPS dongle...
    Oh man, I can't wait!
    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    Any thoughts on how to handle startup/shutdown? Truth is, with Win10, startup is less than 10 seconds anyway, but I know this crowd hates the idea of pressing a button.
    Don't laugh, but for a number of reasons, I'm now warming to the idea of having a single button push to bring a Car PC out of Hibernate / power on.

    SNO as others said, nice find.

    As you noted, the larger unit has an inbuilt battery, but IMHO, having a low power device running from 5v may, in reality, negate the need for this option in most vehicle installs. Looking forward to your thoughts when you get your hands on it - I mean the "Mini PC".
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    I'm all set for pc use in my vehicles, but may look into the one without the battery for my next HTPC running "Media Portal".
    I've been looking to build another HTPC with W8/10 this summer anyway.
    Definitely a nice find SNO.

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    SNO, if those things work well, then they are definetly one of the best options for carpc!! all my years i try to make my "actual" carPC smaller, and smaller, but maintaining the freedom to use any LCD i want to..(so tablets are out of the picture), but i have never imagined an x86 PC could be so small!! Having to push a button is indeed a problem, but its nothing an "Automated" solenoid cant solve... (rugged solution, but solution still... :P )

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    These things usually come apart pretty easily compared to a tablet (for upgrades) and it would likely be easy to get access to the power on control line, BUT there are advantages in having everything automated but Auto on (for some of us). I already use a power on solenoid for my Surface Pro 2, but agree that size, simple 5v power and the ability to use any newer HDMI monitor is a very attractive.
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