Check out this project at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv
And an Android one with a review over at Liliputing http://liliputing.com/2012/05/74-pc-on-a-stick-features-allwinner-a10-cpu-android-4-0.html
It depends why you carry a laptop with you, but many travelers would be able to leave it at home once they get one of these. For me, my work requires consultation over Skype video conferencing, so plugging in a webcam is essential.
There are some disadvantages. You can't just start using this in the middle of the airport because you need to plug into a tv. But I find that if you stay at a motel, or even rent a furnished apartment, TV's with HDMI/USB are available. Also in places like Korea and Japan, there are special study rooms / coffee shop hybrid places that have those TV's on the wall for you to do presentations.
At this stage in the development of these small PC's, you'll find yourself plugging in tonnes of peripherals.
What are your thoughts on this kind of computing? Does it work for you?
I thought of this idea for anyone who can''t afford an ultrabook right now, and who mainly does less CPU intensive computer use. Get a Motorola Atrix lapdock (new for $50 on sale sometimes) and plug a mini PC like the MK802 into it. Now you have a really slim portable computer capable of booting Ubuntu for about $125. There might be some portability benefits like leaving your lapdock at your apartment and plugging the MK802 into a TV if you're just staying at a hotel for a day or two.
Whether it will be right for you depends on how you use your computer.
I can't really imagine using this in place of a laptop, especially now that laptops are so tiny and awesome (check out the Asus UX21A, which will be my next laptop once they release it). However... I really want something like this for my RV to run security cameras / downloads / etc for while I'm gone. Probably going to go with a Raspberry Pi at some point.
Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.
There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.
I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.
After months and months of speculation, Netflix finally announced that they will begin 4K streaming this month. This means you will be able to watch clear Ultra HD movies and TV shows next month, with the only thing you need to worry about being your internet plan.
There are a few catches though, with one of them being that only select manufacturers will be getting access to Netflix's 4K streams. These manufacturers will announce what TV's will be compatible with this at CES 2014, set to kick off tomorrow.
Netflix also noted that the PS4 and Xbox One would be introduced to 4K streaming "eventually."
Another issue is the lack of 4K content at the moment. The only show that is available in 4K right now is Netflix' own House of Cards.