The new entrant in the market and perhaps the first real competitors of Intel Compute Stick, MeeGoPad, has done it again. The Chinese-backed company with a strong foothold in the market recently launched MeeGoPad T03, the company’s third generation product, just three months after launching T02. T03 boasts a few improvements on its overall system; improved cooling efficiency and dual OS capabilities. There are no major changes with T03 other than the mesh grill. This is not a speaker grill but just a way to cool the Intel Atom CPU.
In regards to hardware, MeeGoPad T03 compares no less with its other previous versions. The only difference perhaps is its overall design. It’s aesthetically pleasing with a good-looking grill that can pass off as a speaker to the untrained eye yet it’s a “vent” that’s designed to maintain or lower internal temperatures.
The new and improved cooling solution helps power the integrated quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor, with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, 32GB of eMMC storage, and 2GB of RAM. This compute stick also features a HDMI port, card reader (microSD) and two USB 2.0 ports. Like other compute sticks, the Meegopad T03 can be powered via USB or wall plug. It also comes with a LED indicator on the side.
As for the software, there are a few upgrades. In conjunction with Android KitKat 4.4, MeeGoPad T03 also incorporates an unlicensed Windows 8.1 with Bing, and we are being told that they are actually updating this to include Windows 10, even though all previous compute sticks can upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE.
It’s rumored that MeeGoPad T04 is set to soon hit the market in a few months. But those are just that, rumors. Nevertheless, there’s always some kernel of truth in a rumor and I expect it to be running Cedar City Intel Core M Processors.
- MeeGoPad has made some minor improvements. It’s more powerful (dual OS features), mature (HD graphics, upgraded BIOS), interactive (touch screen functionalities), connected (USB data cable), and by far resilient (redesigned temperature control system with a heat conducting coating). MeeGoPad T03 is the unrivaled compute stick thus far in the market.
- Lots of people are complaining about a trial version of the Windows 8.1 OS.
- Also, MeeGoPad TO3 device is limited to playing games that are small and not graphics intensive. Most people would have preferred to use the device for playing big games with heavier graphics. So far it freezes upon loading big games that boast heavy graphics.
If customer reviews are anything to go by, MeeGoPad T03 wouldn’t receive a scoring of more than three (3) stars. Major reason(s) being: its lack of a licensed Windows 8.1 OS despite the ads reading it has a licensed OS or otherwise. Also, it equally contains a lot of Chinese bloat-ware that people find not only difficult to comprehend (many users don’t speak the language) but also intrusive.
I will have to wait until the Windows 10 version of the T03 is officially out to make my final review. If it gets a fully licensed version of Windows 10 I will give it 5 stars, especially since the price is below Intel’s compute stick and it is pretty much the same hardware.
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