Hannspree’s Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick comes with licensed Windows (and available in Europe)


MeeGo Pad might have been the first ones to out the MeeGo Pad T01 Windows-on-a-stick mini PC (review) late last year, but the stick comes with a few problems of its own, which include a non-licensed copy of Windows 8.1. Hannspree’s trying to overcome that with their own take on the concept, with their new Micro PC.

It’s essentially a re-branded MeeGo Pad T01 (both use the same OEM, perhaps). This means that it’s powered by the same Intel Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, but thanks to added costs of a Windows license, the stick goes for quite a bit over the US$100-110 asking price of the MeeGo Pad T01. As Liliputing reports, the stick can be found starting at US$177 + VAT in France, all the way up to US$277 in the UK.

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With the Intel Compute Stick scheduled to make an appearance within the next couple of months, you’ll be paying quite a high premium if you decide to go with this or one of the many reincarnations the MeeGo Pad T01 takes. Intel’s version will be available for US$150 with full Windows, so it does make sense to wait for it to come out than to go for one of these stick that are already available.

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4 Comments

  1. pa5t1s
    January 20, 2015

    Thanks for sharing and commenting :”Intel’s version will be available for US$150 with full Windows, so it does make sense to wait for it to come out than to go for one of these stick that are already available.” Price is bit too high, definitively (prolly because of Win8 license…)
    Anyway, I’ll wait and see 😛
    PS: thanks for the french link.

  2. saor
    January 20, 2015

    A Linux stick with a decent chip + 2gb ram and can run kodi not a lot to ask is it?

  3. Stef
    January 20, 2015

    …all the while Intel tablets running the same hardware cost ~$110 . Now why -again- should one prefer this? Can’t you just buy one of those cheaper tabelts, connect them via mini HDMI and otg and use *them* as you main machine all the while having a second screen handy (or a tablet use if you even need it)?

    I don’t get this product, it’s niche of the niche (I guess for those who do not have a place for the tablet to stand while they have it connected with the TV/monitor).

    • January 21, 2015

      Yep, that makes sense. I guess it’s about time that Microsoft comes up with a policy for licenses on these sticks. There’s 8.1 with Bing already, which I don’t know why these companies aren’t using. Lets hope there’s a solution soon, otherwise as you point out these will lose the market to tablets that are actually cheaper.