It’s always helpful for me to know what people are interested in reading about. Since we talk about mainly Stick Computers and TV Boxes here, it goes without saying that most of you are interested in reading about those! But it’s also surprising sometimes to see the things you’ve purchased that aren’t either Sticks or Boxes.
I thought it might be interesting for readers to know what other readers have deemed purchase-worthy. Don’t worry, we have no idea who bought what. That’s between you and Amazon. Thanks to all who clicked and bought something! It helps us to continue to review great products.
Here’s a list of some of the top purchases for April.
The Chromebit is designed to meet the needs of two different markets. On one hand, the Chrome OS and Google branded browser-based apps make it a good choice for someone who wants an inexpensive, convenient and easy way to access the web. On the other hand, the process (and GPU) is optimal for streaming, making it a good choice as a media streamer and TV Stick.
Plugable’s best known product is the USB 3.0 7-Port SuperSpeed Hub. It Includes a generous 60 watt power adapter at 12V 5A, enough to power and charge a variety of devices without difficulty.
The SuperSpeed is fully plug and play and devices can be hot-plugged with USB over-current protection. It is also compatible with most Windows, Mac, Linux and Android systems.
There are a number of choices among hard shell cases for the Amazon Fire TV Stick, but the Khanka has a couple of important features to look for, including foam padding, EVA shell and waterproofing. It’s also at the low end of the price point.
The Flirc is a USB dongle that attaches to your Fire TV or other media device. Among others it supports Playstation, XBOX 360 and Rasperry PI. It includes software for Windows, OSX or Linux to allow you to easily setup the pairing between your device and your Universal Controller. Because they’ve worked closely with Logitech, it supports Harmony devices right out of the box.
The heart of the latest edition of the Compute Stick comes equipped with a Quad-Core Intel Atom Cherry Trail x5-Z8300. Compare this to the earlier versions Intel Atom Bay Trail Quad-core Z3735F 1.33 GHz Processor. One of the primary differences in the two, aside from the performance boost is the inclusion of Broadwell graphics, which allows for much improved graphics execution speeds.
The Clear Case Kit from Canakit includes the latest and fastest model of the Raspberry Pi family – The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is the third generation Raspberry Pi and 10x faster than the first generation Raspberry Pi. Additionally, it incorporates built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. While the Bluetooth is 4.1, the Wifi is only 802.11n and single band, so if you plan to use them simultaneously you may want to add an external Wifi adapter.