Ainol Windows Mini PC (and power bank) up for pre-order for $128
The Ainol Mini PC is a tiny desktop computer with an Intel Atom Z3735D Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 8.1 with Bing software. It also has a built-in battery.
It went on sale in China earlier this month, and now Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for international customers. It’s selling for about $128, and the Ainol Mini PC should ship in mid-March. The little computer has an aluminum case and measures 5.7″ x 4.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs about 12 ounces. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and has a microSD card slot, mini HDMI port,
Ethernet jack, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, and a headphone jack. It uses passive cooling, which means there are no fans inside the case.
Like a number of other small, low-cost Windows desktops we’ve seen in the past few months, the Ainol Mini PC basically has the guts of a cheap Windows tablet minus the screen and plus a few ports. But this is one of a relatively small number of models I’ve seen that has a battery. Not only can the battery keep the PC running though, you can also connect your phone or other gadgets to one of the USB ports and use the Ainol Mini PC like a portable battery pack to recharge your other mobile devices.
According to the spec sheet, that 7,000mAh battery is good for up to 10 hours of run time or 40 hours of standby time. I suspect the battery will run down more quickly if you plugin a bunch of peripherals and try to run some CPU-intensive tasks. But the standby time is interesting, because it opens the possibility of treating this desktop sort of like a notebook: You can hook it up to a keyboard, mouse, and display and use it as your home computer and then put it into sleep mode, take it to the office and use it as your work PC without even rebooting.
Connect a USB-powered portable display and you could probably even use the system at a coffee shop like an awkwardly-shaped notebook.