Desktop PCs vary in price, size and the ability to multitask. Here, we present five such desktop PCs that let you work on as basic a task as document processing or as intensive one as playing games.
Raspberry Pi 3 B
For those with an intuitive bent of mind, this cheap-as-a-dirt single board computer can be used for basic browsing and office tasks as well as a media center. All this made possible by the ability to run multiple OS.
Weight 59 g, 8.6 x 5.4 x 1.7 cm, Broadcom BCM2387 chipset, Processor Speed 1.2 GHz Processor, RAM 1 GB, Broadcom Graphics Chipset, VideoCore IV card
ASUS CHROMEBIT-B019C (CS-10)
The Chromebit is probably the smallest Chrome OS device as it measures just under 5 inches. It can be used to turn your monitor or TV display into a computer. Simply plug the device into the HDMI port and pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Apart from basic computing and multimedia applications you can also use it for business applications.
Weight77 g, 12.3 x 3.1 x 1.7 cm, Rockchip RK3288Processor Speed 1.8 GHz, Memory DDR3, Hard Drive 16 GB, Graphics Coprocessor ARM Mali-T624, Wireless Type802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1, Voltage 12 Volts, Chrome OS, AC Adapter, Internal WiFi Antenna
Similar to the Raspberry Pi 3, this pocket PC has more memory and faster Ethernet. However, it lacks built-in WiFi support. Moreover, being less popular you might miss the growing and more vocal community that’s been built around Pi.
Ubuntu 16.04, Android 5.1 Lollipop or other Linux-based systems, CPU: 1.5Ghz quad-core Amlogic ARM Cortex-A53, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, HDMI 2.0 port, eMMC5.0 HS400 Flash Storage slot / microSD card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, Four USB 2.0 ports, 40 gms, 3.34 x 2.2 inches
Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300
This PC stick can be used to convert any TV or monitor into a handy PC by connecting it via the HDMI port. It measures just 100mm in length and can be kept in pocket while travelling. The pocket PC is good enough to be used as a basic productivity machine, browse internet, play games, etc.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Stick PC 300 is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It supports Windows 10 and there is 32GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 128GB using microSD card.
Intel Atom processor, Windows 8.1/Windows 10 with Bing for Stick PC, RAM 2GB, Storage 32GB (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card), Micro-USB @5V/2A, Integrated Wireless/Bluetooth
Orange Pi PC 2
This is a cheaper alternative to the Raspberry Pi 3 with downgraded specs such as missing WiFi support. Moreover, the motherboard runs a custom version of Raspbian OS and the support for other Linux-based OS could not be as robust.
Raspbian, Ubuntu, Android and other Linux-based OS, Allwinner H5 ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, HDMI 1.4 with CEC support, AV port, microSD card up to 64GB, 8Mbit SPI NOR flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Three USB 2.0 ports, 38 gms, 3.34 x 2.17 inch dimensions