But still, like the rest of us, you don’t want to pay for it just yet, so you try to push off the unforeseen expense as long as possible.
We've all been there.
You'll bite the bullet when you're ready.
Meet DAK’s mini PC. This little beauty gives you full Windows PC capability, and it’s about the size of your wifi router. Our mini PC is here to help take the sting out of replacing your clunky desktop. It weighs less than a pound and costs less than $200.
DAK’s Mini PC: Not a tablet. Not a laptop. It’s a miniature PC.
Tablets and laptops both have the convenience of being super portable.
But, tablets don’t have the same computing ability as do full computers, while laptops lock you in to the built in screen size (video output ports aside).
That said, you can’t fairly compare a mini PC to tablets or laptops.
They serve different purposes and have different capabilities.
We’ll limit our comparison to full on desktop PCs and Android TV boxes.
How could a tiny mini PC compare to a full on desktop tower?
Well, it can’t really. Not to a top of the line tower designed for programmers, graphic designers and heavy gamers.
If you’re looking to test your computer’s limits by running multiple RAM intensive programs, a mini PC won’t cut it.
But here’s the thing.
If you’re a casual PC user, you won’t even notice the difference between a cutting edge monstrosity and our slim, space saving mini PC. But you’ll sure notice the extra legroom underneath your computer desk!
Casual PC users mainly spend computer time checking email, surfing the web and using Microsoft Office applications. You'll be able to stream your favorite YouTube channels and Netflix movies directly to your TV.
Personally, I’ve been playing Minecraft on my mini PC just to see how well it would perform. The computer was working hard, but it kept up just fine. But that’s off the record, because your mileage may vary.
You can say that our mini PC is a lightweight desktop.
It’s still fully functional, but it’s more entry level than professional.
And, hey, if you don’t need all that power, why pay for it?
How does it compare to an Android TV box or stick?
When comparing a mini PC to a full size desktop, we categorized it at the starter level for casual users.
But if you compare it to Android TV boxes, DAK’s mini PC really gives you much more freedom and control.
Android TV is like a mini PC that runs on an Android system. It's useful, but it's still more limited than the Windows OS; Windows is a lot more robust.
Plus, you’re already comfortable using it, so there’s no learning curve to get started.
Hook up your mini PC to your TV, and you have full access to your computer files and websites that you can share with the whole family.
You won ’t limited to specific apps and programs, because you’re using the full desktop version of Windows 10.
You might even consider ditching your computer monitor altogether and using your TV for all your computer needs.
Soon after that, you might decide you don't even need cable service anymore. It's called "cutting the cord", and people all over are subscribing on a channel by channel basis. You subscribe just to the channels you want by downloading their app and signing up. I'll discuss those details in a tutorial.
Advantages and disadvantages of DAK’s mini PC over a chunky desktop
The obvious advantage for getting DAK’s mini PC is its small design.
You’ll be able to fit it in just about any space and take it anywhere without any bother.
Perhaps the strongest use for DAK's mini PC is how quickly you can transform your TV into a massive computer screen.
Use your DAK mini PC in the office during the day, then pack up and take it home with you for the night. It’s hassle free.
You get the full, complete, pre-licensed Windows 10 operating system running on a solid state drive.
With 32GB of built in storage, mini PCs have about the same storage as tablet computers. But, you can expand the capacity by inserting a micro SD card of up to 64GB.
You can even pick up extra 16 GB microSD cards right here with your order.
And, of course, there’s no CD drive. That isn’t a problem anymore because even if you don’t backup your programs on the cloud, any software you own should be easily replaceable by the developers for free. That’s true for all DAK programs, and I tell DAKonians all the time that they don’t need to pay extra for the CD. But that’s a different story. ;)
Like I said before, if you’re a casual PC user, or need an extra computer for guests, or want a desktop that's totally transportable, get this mini PC.
It’s all the computing power that you normally use in the neatest little package you’ll see in any computer. You get fantastic value here.
Even if you’re a Mac user, it’s great to have an inexpensive PC hanging around for different programs not compatible with Mac OS.
(I know, I know, DAK’s Mac programs are still in beta… we're almost there.)
And, of course, there's the home theater functionality. You'll easily convert your HDMI ready TV into a massive computer monitor and stream videos, browse the internet and do away with the need for a computer at all. It's as quick as plugging in the included HDMI cable into the back of your TV.