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FYI- tv stick- mini pc- wave of the future-now!

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11-16-2012 02:27 AM #54 andropos

Originally Posted by dfranz
Hi Andropos- I am really clueless here. I have a basic understanding of the USB TV stick genre- but what do people mainly use it for? Is it for gaming primarily, or really to be able to hook up to a 40 plus inch tv instead of using an Android tablet 10.1 inch being the largest form?

Andropos reply to me:
I had the same question before i got one my self, i went on saying: why would ppl buy a TV dongle for 60-70USD when they can just get a 7-inch tablet for 90-100USD, hook it up via HDMI to TV get the same thing plus the fact that it still can be sued as a tablet.

Well here is the deal, our life’s are centered around more and more digital content and most of it connected to internet, so by connecting a TV dongle to your TV and making it into a smart TV is bringing some of the content you consume infront of you PC screen, tablet or phone to the big screen where it can be shared with more ppl at the same time in your living room. Also this solution is much better then the smart TV function on newer TVs, as they are usually much slower, heavily modded and very limited, a TV stick gives you the full Android experience, control to customise it to your needs at low cost and great performance. And its so small that it sits behind you TV and if you TV have USB port there is no need to extra AC adapters and is always there when you turn on your TV

Last night i managed to run Linux on Uhost1 and managed to use it for downloading torrent files using minimum of power during the night, see this thread:
Wifi on Lubuntu

There are endless of possibilities and every person may use it in different ways, here are soem examples how i use it every day.

1. Watch 1080p or 720p MKV movies file via USB / HHD that i downloaded on my laptop on 47-inch screen instead of my PC monitor
2. Stream HD video files from my NAS via DNLA
3. Watch video on demand movies from different content providers
4. Watch TED in HD resolution
5. Watch Youtube with friends
6. Watch different online TV stations
7. Push photos and videos from my phone /tablet via DNLA to share with others on large screen

….and much much more.

Most of these things i had to do sitting infront of my PC or by connecting my PC / laptop via HDMI to TV, now i can turn of my PC and do all do all this using a 5V TV stick giving me the comfort in front of the TV and even saving on electric bills not having the PC on 24/7.

Once you get one and use it there is no way to live without it.

I concur with everything Andropos had stated above- and having since tested the uHost 1, with the uHost2 coming shortly. I spent the first night with it hooked up to a 40 inch tv and 3 hours later, game night with the kids was called to an end, so I could get them off to bed. I will hook it up to the projector next, just because I want to kill those annoying Angry Birds in 100 inches of screen real estate, and hear their soothing noises magnified with 1,000 watts of surround sound!

They are convenient, and think back to when we first started carrying USB sticks to friends houses to transfer movies and files, this is what’s coming- and its already arrived!!

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December 23, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. i like to use my Mini-PC whenever i am on the move.;

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