Winbook TW700 Windows 8.1 Tablet with micro HDMI, Full Size USB Port Sells for $60

MeegoPad T01, Pipo X7, MeLE PCG03, MINIX NEO Z64, etc.. you could name a pretty long list of Intel Bay Trail-T Z3735 mini PCs running Windows 8.1… They all cost above $100, but the ones that include a valid Windows 8.1 license usually cost closer to $150. That’s because contrary to the Windows 8.1 with Bing on small tablets that comes free and with a one-year subscription to office 365, Windows 8.1 with Bing on mini PCs adds about $30 to the price, and it does not even include a one-year subscription. So using a tablet as a mini PC should be cheaper, even with the extra touchscreen display and battery. And as I checked out Liliputing’s list of cheap Windows tablets, Winbook TW700 stood out as it sells for just $60 on Micro-center (US only) or $70 on Amazon US, and features a mini HDMI port, a full-sized USB port, meaning it can easily be connected to an HDMI TV, and be used as mini PC for over half the price of actual Windows 8.1 mini PCs.

Winbook_TW700Winbook TW700 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735G “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics (2.2W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC + micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Display – 7″ IPS display; 1280×800 resolution; 5-point touchscreen
  • Video Output – micro HDMI
  • Audio I/O – micro HDMI, 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – 2MP Front-facing and rear cameras
  • Sensors – G-sensor, light sensor
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons
  • Battery – Rechargeable lithium-on battery (Capacity not specified)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 189 x 121 x 11 mm
  • Weight – 350 grams

So the memory and storage are a bit tight, but it should probably be enough to run Kodi 14 with the default skin, and should make a very good media player based on my Kodi 14.1 testing with MeLE PCG03, providing a smoother experience than on any ARM based mini PC I tried in the past, as long as you play videos up to 1080p, and don’t need HEVC/H.265 video decode. Some people also noticed an overheating issue on other devices while playing high framerate videos (50 fps @ 720p or 1080i), leading to throttling on Pipo X7, but I could not reproduce this in MeLE PCG03. It mostly depends on the thermal design of the device, and one person also said running Kodi in Linux does not exhibit the issue, but requires a USB sound card, as HDMI audio does not work (yet). Hopefully a working OpenELEC image will soon be released for Intel Atom Z37xx devices.

One other difference is the use of Z3735G instead of Z3735F, which means the maximum memory is 1GB RAM, and the memory bandwidth is only 5.3 GB/s instead of 10.6 GB/s.

As I understand it, Winbook is a US brand and only sells in the US, so if Amazon US won’t ship to your country, you’re out of luck. But as the device is certainly a re-branded Chinese table, so I checked out for similar Z3735G tablet on Aliexpress. I could not find an exact match, but PiPo W7 and Cube iWork7 tablets are selling for about $80 including shipping, and both include micro HDMI and micro USB OTG ports, but no full-size USB port.

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Full-size USB port means – very thick! Other specs are pretty good though 🙂

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Having seen a laptop with a > 2 GHz quad core Bay Trail processor I wasn’t very pleased with its performance so I’ll wait for the next gen 14 nm processors.

FransM
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Checked the amazon link. It says $ 81 and one in stock …

FransM
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Actually there is another vendor on amazon that sells for $ 69.95; only domestic shipping 🙁
Would be nice to have one with an eth dongle for a small low power media server or so.

qwiqooq
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And you tell me that Windows 8.1 mini PC stick and box are sold for over $100…

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I got one of these to use as an ebook reader, media player, and “try out Windows 8.1” gadget. I tested it with various media and document files on a microSD card and it works well. The touch screen interface is snappy and display quality looks real good to me. Then I connected it to my HDTV along with a USB hub, keyboard, and trackball to see what I could do in desktop mode. It ran portable apps from the microSD card quite nicely. Battery time depends on what you’re doing, but 3-5 hours is typical. You can leave the charger in while using it and still have a full size USB available for hub/peripherals. I paid less than $70 including tax and California “recycle” fee. Amazing.

FransM
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@California Bob.
Nice. Pity apparently no one wants to send this one to Europe (and probably the shipping cost will be prohibiite).
You now have a PC with a UPS !

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@FransM
Built-in UPS? Yeah, that’s the ticket! BTW Frans, I checked the website to see if they ship to EU and the chat guy said no. Bummer! While I was there I noticed they have the TW801 on sale at $99. That one has the 8 inch IPS screen (30% more screen area at same resolution: 1280×800) and full-size USB 3.0 in addition to 2GB of RAM instead of just 1GB. It uses the 3735D CPU which has twice the memory bandwidth as the 3735G used in the TW700 (10GB/s vs 5GB/s.) The extra memory and bandwidth means someone could easily use this instead of either a desktop or laptop PC, provided they don’t do heavy data processing.

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@California Bob
The TW801 is actually pretty nice. Especially the usb 3.0 port and extra memory.

I tested out the TW700 and found it to be great as long as you are aware of the memory limitations.
I’m grabbing another of the cheap open box models next time I’m by microcenter.

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@California Bob: thanks for the info on the TW801. Pity they do not ship to EU, and pity they do not have a store in Silicon Valley where a collegue visiiting our Santa Clara office could buy one for me. THne again I expect more to show up in due time.