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    This forum is one of may favorites in that I have been tracking the development of amazingly small Windows based (x860, not RT or ARM) devices for a number of years now. I wrote some time back an article on CodeProject talking about Windows tablets for $99, before they existed. Now we have plenty (and more coming) Windows tablets and some as low as $70.

    Android controlled the market for low cost Tablets for years. IPads are just too expensive and while some Android tablets are also expensive, Android broke the under $100 price range first, but now you can buy inexpense (and decent) Windows tablets way below $100 (and the more expensive ones are just amazing).

    But this is not all. New PC's on a Stick devices are coming to market now, one from Intel but many others are available. The price ranges from about $90 to $150. These little devices are amazing.

    But more is coming. Ardunio and Raspberry PI have made it big in the "maker" and "embedded" markets, but now we are seeing affordable Windows devices (real PC's running x86 Windows) which can do the same. My favorite is the LattePanda on KickStarter. See :

    It is a real Windows PC, the size of a Raspberry PI with Ardunio input/output built in running real Windows 10. I have already contacted the company showing interest in finding ways to use my own tools (as well as PowerBasic) with it. They said they would get back to me once production started, so I am looking forward to that.

    Another exciting device is the Kangaroo device. I mini PC which fits in your pocket and connects to a TV set. It is better than a PC on a Stick in many ways. Check it out here:

    At only $99 it is a deal and the uses for it are many.

    So why do all these small Windows devices excited me ?

    Because software created using the typical development paths (like tends to be bloated and not run well on the lowly Atom CPU. But software written using PowerBasic using the WIN32 API (and even tools like my EZGUI) run amazingly well on computers with minimal hardware. As Windows devices make it into the work of Ardunio like devices, more tiny embedded solutions and even IOT (Internet of Things), the opportunities seem almost endless. So this forum is a perfect topic for PowerBasic users and as Bob Zale used to say "smaller, faster, smaller, faster".
    Chris Boss
    Computer Workshop
    Developer of "EZGUI"

  • #2
    Here is a related thread I started in January 2016:
    User to user discussions about the PB/Win (formerly PB/DLL) product line. Discussion topics include PowerBASIC Forms, PowerGEN and PowerTree for Windows.

    Gary Peek, Industrologic, Inc.


    • #3
      Now here is a deal !!!

      Windows 10 tablet with 8 inch display. The really amazing thing is the display resolution of 1920 x 1200. Yes, you read that right. It has 2 gb memory and 32 gb emmc drive.

      But the really amazing thing is the price at the Microsoft Store:

      Only $49

      Find the perfect computer in the Microsoft Store. Explore PCs, laptops, tablets and accessories to power everything you do.

      These tablets are so light and thin it is also amazing (keep using that word, sorry).

      Why pay many hundreds for an IPad AIR when you can get this Windows 10 for only $49 and you can run your PowerBasic apps on it.

      Chris Boss
      Computer Workshop
      Developer of "EZGUI"


      • #4
        Levono stick. Same specs without tablet.
        I have bought 2 of them but prefer the Intel Compute Stick for about 50 dollars more. It has 2 USB ports and one is a USB3 port.

        Radio shack has the Intel Compute Stick at the local store.
        p purvis


        • #5
          Anybody use a Kangaroo Pro with PowerBasic apps? I am looking for a small system to power my home brew IoT device.

          Well, I guess since Intel cancelled the Atom processor program it wouldn't be a wise investment after all. Being the only Pocket PC out there that has a built-in battery system;
          I was really hoping it would be supported for a few years.
          Last edited by Jim Fritts; 17 Nov 2017, 11:18 PM.