This affordable wireless PC-Keyboard-Mouse combo works with any screen, even a TV.
Bangalore, August 3 2015: There is a basic problem with those ultra-small 'Stick PCs' and 'Mini Pcs': They require you to do a lot of work before they are good to go. You need to organise a monitor; then you need a keyboard and a mouse. The palm sized Mini or Nano PCs come without memory or storage -- which you have to procure and then plug in. These are not trivial expenses, even if we ignore the hassle of having to find and buy them all separately. Often the Operating System is not included... more expense!
So we are delighted to find that Dhimant Bhayani, an Indian technopreneur based in the US, has heard all these pain points and come up with all-in-one solution that many families with children will appreciate. The iRevo Smart PC lives up to its name: It's a smart little device hardly bigger than a WiFi router that contains a full fledged Android PC, running on a quad-core chip, with 1 GB of memory and 8 or 16 GB of Flash drive. It latches on to your home WIFi network -- or to an ethernet broadband connection. The kit includes wireless keyboard or mouse as well as HDMI and Video outputs: all you need to find is a monitor, even a TV will do. But if you want a complete system, the makers offer a 15.6 inch LED monitor at a virtually throwaway price -- only adding Rs 2500 or so to the asking price of Rs 7499 ( 8GB storage mode ). Bought separately such a monitor will cost twice as much.
The Rs 9999 combo includes something rare in an Android PC: Microsoft's Office suite of word-powerpoint-excel. We were not too excited at the requirement that one had to register with iRevo with email ID and mobile phone, before it is open for business. This is on top of Android's own invasion of our privacy and the nudge to start a Google account. This won't bother you if are already a GMail user.
The strength of the iRevo is the beautifully curated menus of popular sites and apps for Indians -- e-commerce: Snapdeal, Myntra, Jabong... News: Sify, Rediff... Education: Coursera, Khan Academy, Government: IRCTC, Aadhar, MyGov... Sports & Entertainment: HotStar, Yupp TV, StarSports... This makes it easy to reach favourite sites fast, within minimum mouse clicks. This is important if you use the TV as your screen. But be warned you need a firm base for mouse and keyboard. You may opt for another configuration where these are replaced by remote.
At an all-in price of Rs 9999, the iRevo is excellent value for money and a good buy for the whole family to use. Find offer details here: http://in.irevomm.com