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Tech Topic: Mini PC

Rachel Ellis, Reporter

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As tablets and iPads are becoming more prevalent, with increasing processing power, many wonder if laptops and personal computers are going to be a thing of the past. I cannot predict the future of the technological market (much to my wallet’s dismay…) But I can tell you about the Mini PC.

While there are many different manufacturers, I found the MK802 to be the most complete. About the size of a USB drive, the MK802 has an HDMI port for audio and video, as well as MicroSD, USB, and Micro USB ports for added versatility.

What makes the MK802 a Mini PC is it’s ability to operate on the Android 4.0 OS, as well as on Linux when switched to desktop mode. What the MK802 lacks in size, it makes up for in processing: its has 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of written memory

The MK802 and its competitors brings hope to those who need portability, but don’t want to sacrifice image quality. This small computer comes with a small price tag too – just $35.

Thanks to www.dudeiwantthat.com for the specs and image.

 

Glossary

USB (Universal Serial Bus) – “..An industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication and power supply between computers and electronic devices..” Wikipedia

Micro USB – Smaller USB interface; standard for cell phone chargers

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) – Transfers uncompressed, high-quality audio and video

MicroSD – type of flash memory; can be used in cameras and other mobile devices

OS (Operating System) – Computer software that controls other software and hardware operations

RAM (Random Access Memory) – form of computer storage in which data can be accessed immediately in any order

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Rachel Ellis, Reporter

Hometown: Lincoln, Ne

Class: Sophomore

Major: Audio Recording and Technology

Staff Position: Reporter

Fun Fact: I play the string bass.

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