There are dozens of USB stick-style mini PCs on the market and many of them are very similar, so we figured it was time to start matching some of them up to see how they compare. In this shootout, we’re putting the QC802 up against the Tronsmart T428.
For raw horsepower, both units feature a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC (system on a chip) CPU clocking in at 1.8GHz and they both include 2GB of RAM with 8GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. Both can also expand that storage through a MicroSD card slot, good for up to 32GB per card.
Connectivity is important to both of these devices and starting with the Tronsmart T428, it features 802.11b/g/n (2.4/5GHz dual-band) Wi-Fi, one of the few to do so. Its competitor has Wi-Fi covered also through its 802.11b/g/n support but only single 2.4GHz band coverage. For personal wireless peripherals, the QC802 will keep you connected through Bluetooth 3.0 but the Tronsmart T428 has Bluetooth 4.0.
You can connect up various peripherals to these devices through USB – the Tronsmart T428 provides a single USB2.0 host port while the QC802 has a USB2.0 host and microUSB OTG ports to keep you interested. Both have HDMI v1.4 output to connect to monitor or TV.
As for pricing, the QC802 sells for around $65 but just be careful – there are two models available. The older QC802 has a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core chip. Make sure you spot the RK3188 quad-core model before handing over your cash. For the Tronsmart T428, you’re looking at up to $85.
Wi-Fi connection seems to be an issue for a number of USB-style mini PCs – there are a couple of references online to both of these units and Wi-Fi problems, so it’ll pay to check for solutions before you buy. Neither of these models has external Wi-Fi antennas so it’s something to keep in mind.
NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9||Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.8GHz||Up to 1.8GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|RAM||2GB DDR3||2GB DDR3|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n||802.11b/g/n (2.4/5GHz dual-band)|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG||1 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||v1.4||v1.4|
|Dimensions||101 x 38 x 13mm||TBC|
|Announce Date||March 2013||April 2013|
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