Shenzhen Apec APM-D01: USB Flash Drive-Sized Windows PC

Take a Windows 8.1 tablet, remove the screen, consolidate the rest into the smallest space you can, and what do you get? Not the previously-covered Zotac Pico, but Shenzhen Apec's APM-D01 stick. About the same size as the Google Chromecast and a whole army of other HDMI sticks running Android, the APM differs chiefly with its full Windows 8.1 compatibility.

 

 

You can thank Intel's Bay Trail Atom chips for the compatibility. The APM-D01 is available with either the Z3735F or Z3735G. The former can handle up to 2GB of memory with 10.6GB/s bandwidth, while the latter is stuck with half and half. Both are quad-core designs that can run at up to 1.83Ghz, though. There's plenty of power to spare for web browsing, doc editing, and those types of daily tasks.

 

 

There's 16 or 32GB of flash storage onboard, alongside 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth interfaces. Besides the HDMI connector, we have a micro SD card slot, a full-size USB 2.0 port, and two micro USB 2.0 ports, one of which appears to be meant for an AC adapter.

You weren't expecting a bounty of parts on a computer the size of a flash drive, were you? A power button and two vents are everything else you get on the Apec APM-D01's exterior.

 

 

Measuring only 3.9 x 1.5 x 0.38" (99.6 x 37.6 x 9.6mm) and weighing in at 1.62oz (46g), these look like an even better HTPC option than the aforementioned Zotac Pico. The direct attachment to your TV's HDMI port keeps things tidy, an IR blaster for remotes will leave a USB port for external storage, and the Atom SoC's integrated graphics should handle up to at least full HD video.

 

 

Luckily, despite Shenzhen Apec being a small Chinese firm with little-to-no global presence, Aliexpress are selling APM-D01s for $118 USD each. That's a little high, though, given you can buy a Windows 8.1 tablet with similar internals for about the same. A more reasonable price of $76.70 is only available if you buy at least 500 of the things, which I assume most of you won't be interested in doing.

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