The MK802 may look like an ordinary USB stick, but it’s a fully-functional computer.
Of course, you need to attach it to a display, and connect some sort of keyboard/mouse combo, but the MK802 could very well be the smallest PC around.
Perhaps you remember the portable FXI dual-core USB stick, which let you turn any HDMI display into an Android-powered computer?
Well, along those lines, a Chinese manufacturer has created the MK802, which is a more affordable version of the same device.
There are, of course, some trade-offs involved here. The MK802 is from an unspecified manufacturer, and has a single core 1.5Ghz processor (as opposed to the dual-core FXI). Also, the HDMI is a connector, rather than a socket, so you’ll need to use a cable rather than just stick it into the back of a TV.
The MK802 comes with 512 MB of RAM, WiFi connectivity, and 4GB of internal storage. There’s a undetermined “3D Graphical processor” inside, whatever that means, but it does come with a plethora of cables and adapters for connectivity. It comes with Android preinstalled, although you should be able to load other platforms onto it.
If you’re the adventurous type, and have $74 to spend on anonymous Chinese devices (we’ve all done it at some point), then the MK802 may be right down your alley. If you do decide to take the leap, be sure to share your experiences with the rest of us in the comments.