Looking for PC-on-a-stick? Chinese PC makers have one that could be just perfect for you. At the beginning of the year, they started making these computer models which have Intel Apollo Lake processors. Appears CA98 is the cheapest of any of the models with an Apollo Lake chip.
It goes for $100 on AliExpress which is fair for the features it offers. CA98 is not a Star Wars grade PC, nevertheless you can get most basics like a web browser, a media center from Kodi and several windows and Linux apps for your TV.
Wondering how the little PC-on-a-stick connects with your TV? It has a connector which you can plug directly into your TV’s HDMI port.
Other features of the interesting device are two full-sized USB 3.0 ports, one microSD card slot, a power (on/off) button, a power jack, one 3.5mm headphone jack and one brightly coloured adjustable WiFi antenna.
Okay, those are features you can ‘see,’ there’s more under the hood. CA98 features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake processor with HD graphics from Intel.
When you search for CA98 on AliExpress, one feature it lists is that the little device is compatible with Windows 10 Home 64-bit or Linux compatible. It is not specified which of the operating system your order is shipped with, so you might want to budget more money. That means with more money, you can get a fully functional windows system.
Connectivity technology that CA98 supports are 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2. The system also supports a remote control and handheld keyboard, but you’ll need to pay more for that.