Windows 10 Pro machine under £100, £99.99 @ Ebuyer good for media and offices
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Windows 10 Pro machine under £100, £99.99 @ Ebuyer good for media and offices

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Found 21st Nov
Found this deal on Ebuyer for a W10 Pro machine under £100, seems to be a pretty good deal. I checked out the specs and should be more than enough for streaming Steam Link or Xbox games, could even use it as a small media PC perhaps?

Also mentions good for a work space with "thin client" and VESA mounting? Pretty sure a Windows 10 Pro license is over £100 anyway, so could be an interesting deal....

I'll be picking one up to do some game streaming in the house!

Little box spec:
  • Intel Atom x5-Z8350 1.92GHz
  • 2GB RAM + 32GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 10 Pro 32bit

Specs of steam link:
CPU ARMv7
Memory 512 MB
Storage 4 GiB
Graphics Vivante GC1000 GPU

Specs needed for Xbox app/streaming:
"For best performance, we recommend that your Windows 10 PC have:

  • At least 2 gigabytes of RAM
  • 1.5 GHz CPU or faster
  • Network connection to your home network:
    • Best performance: Wired Ethernet connection
    • Good performance: Wireless – 5 GHz 802.11 N or 802.11 AC wireless access point
    • Limited performance: Wireless – 2.4 GHz 802.11 N or 802.11 AC wireless access point"

38 Comments

2Gb ram ?:/

looks a nice system for certain tasks but it does say the windows 10 licence is 32 bit...I know Microsoft provide free windows on some of these low powered systems so not sure you could transfer the key.

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myintranet7 m ago

2Gb ram ?:/


It's under £100, it was never going to play crysis though was it... Seems to be more than enough for office stuff and game streaming. A steam link only has 512mb of RAM and can play at 1080p 60fps. I plan on it turning my old Panasonic into a "smart TV" and using it to play GTA V downstairs. I will report back when mine arrives (Y)

This or Nvidia shield ?

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yozzman123413 m ago

This or Nvidia shield ?


Gotta be this. £190 for a Shield?! No thanks. Android OS and only access to the apps they give you... OR a proper OS, an Xbox controller and a Logitech K400 for the same price...

Edit: I think it has bluetooth too, so could even use a PS4 controller... will give it a try as i have one of these as well.
Edited by: "Sircles" 21st Nov

Unusual to come with pro windows.

cantonbean40 m ago

looks a nice system for certain tasks but it does say the windows 10 …looks a nice system for certain tasks but it does say the windows 10 licence is 32 bit...I know Microsoft provide free windows on some of these low powered systems so not sure you could transfer the key.



You cannot (legally) transfer the key, it is machine specific, and since this is sold as a "one piece" not like you make up a PC and change components (which used to affect the keys anyway).

As you say, MS give the keys away purely for market share and to be able to get bottom end products.

If you do get one, since it's Pro, make sure you turn off ALL THE DAMN UPDATES (Pro allows this), as Win 10 on something this level will quickly turn into a door stop with the updates, I've got a Win10 tab with similar specs and it's useless now, going to wipe out the whole OS and start again, and use some hacks to prevent updates. It used to be decent, but now it's not worth turning on really...

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DingIs3 m ago

You cannot (legally) transfer the key, it is machine specific, and since …You cannot (legally) transfer the key, it is machine specific, and since this is sold as a "one piece" not like you make up a PC and change components (which used to affect the keys anyway).As you say, MS give the keys away purely for market share and to be able to get bottom end products.If you do get one, since it's Pro, make sure you turn off ALL THE DAMN UPDATES (Pro allows this), as Win 10 on something this level will quickly turn into a door stop with the updates, I've got a Win10 tab with similar specs and it's useless now, going to wipe out the whole OS and start again, and use some hacks to prevent updates. It used to be decent, but now it's not worth turning on really...


Thanks for the heads up, I will defo do this then. It will only really be connected to Steam and Netflix anyway, so doesn't need to have all the updates.

Thinking of going for this but the 2gig of ram is putting me off , my 2 year old android box has 2gig of ram .

Two gig of ram is enough for Windows 10 for general use but don't expect to use photoshop etc.
Have Windows 10 pro and leave the updates on as not like previous Windows with its large pack updates in that its ongoing with no Windows 11 coming. Find updates quick to install and update, not like previous with the inevitable blue screen of death or continous reboots install cycles.
Edited by: "morrig" 21st Nov

think this might be a bit better value, £20 more but double ram, space and cpu
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Edited by: "rapid111111" 21st Nov

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yozzman12347 m ago

Thinking of going for this but the 2gig of ram is putting me off , my 2 …Thinking of going for this but the 2gig of ram is putting me off , my 2 year old android box has 2gig of ram .


Depends what you want to use it for. Will be more than enough for video streaming and for streaming like Xbox and Steam games, as morrig said, you are never going to use it for photoshop. I thought it was worth a punt at that price. Never know how long it will stay in stock or even at that price tbh. I imagine it will be fine for web browsing and using like MS word and stuff too.

Am I right in assuming I could connect this to my TV & router and access sky go?

I don't need a full laptop and this seems to be exactly what I need.

Could someone pls clarify if this would be suitable?
Edited by: "moveover0" 21st Nov

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rapid1111114 m ago

thing this might be a bit better value, £20 more but double ram, space and …thing this might be a bit better value, £20 more but double ram, space and cpuhttps://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_617333.html


"supports windows 10" doesn't explicitly say it comes with it. Would rather buy from an established UK company tbh, means you are covered if anything goes wrong.

rapid1111114 m ago

thing this might be a bit better value, £20 more but double ram, space and …thing this might be a bit better value, £20 more but double ram, space and cpuhttps://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_617333.html


Good but gearbest ! I just think this thing will struggle running windows pro 10 , and streaming or 4K Netflix ect ect with only 2G ram

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moveover02 m ago

Am I eight in assuming I could connect this to my TV & router and access …Am I eight in assuming I could connect this to my TV & router and access sky go?I don't need a full laptop and this seems to be exactly what I need.Could someone pls clarify if this would be suitable?


Thats what i am planning on doing, but using it for Netflix rather than Sky Go. Make my old TV a smart TV for <£100, seems rude to not...

Looks like similar specs to the Intel stick. Windows Pro and a built in NIC being the advantage here at the loss of portability.

Also mentions good for a work space with "thin client" and VESA mounting?

Thin client software basically means the device doesn't do much local processing, just displays forms etc. The actual grunt work will be done elsewhere on a beefy application and/or database server. E.g. point of sale systems in shops.

VESA mounting means you can mount it using VESA standard mounts, e.g. mount it on the back of some monitors etc.

Sircles13 m ago

"supports windows 10" doesn't explicitly say it comes with it. Would …"supports windows 10" doesn't explicitly say it comes with it. Would rather buy from an established UK company tbh, means you are covered if anything goes wrong.


it comes with it, i have it.
Ordered from Gearbest, well known on this site.

Just get a Steam Link imo.

You can just minimise the big picture and then just use your computer as normal - I've got a bluetooth mouse and keyboard connected to mine so can just use any of the computers as if they were right there in the front room!

Still a good deal though, just maybe a bit overkill if only wanting to use as a Steam Link.
Edited by: "Towelie" 21st Nov

You checked the specs out? Yet didn't post them here?
Edited by: "no_Sunshine" 21st Nov

Good chance it will support Linux and a slim xfce distro should work rather more efficiently within 2Gb and make the CPU fly - well not nosedive at the end of the runway.

rapid11111113 m ago

it comes with it, i have it.Ordered from Gearbest, well known on this site.


Well known? Who, you or Gearbest?

It's a repackaged Win10 tablet/laptop. All the specs of one in a standard box without the need to supply a screen or keyboard. . The 32GB storage may be a pain for windows updates

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no_Sunshine8 m ago

You checked the specs out? Yet didn't post them here?


Well I googled the steam link specs and the specs for using the xbox app I'll edit my main post

Sircles14 m ago

Well I googled the steam link specs and the specs for using the xbox app …Well I googled the steam link specs and the specs for using the xbox app I'll edit my main post


Much appreciated

Sircles1 h, 34 m ago

Gotta be this. £190 for a Shield?! No thanks. Android OS and only access …Gotta be this. £190 for a Shield?! No thanks. Android OS and only access to the apps they give you... OR a proper OS, an Xbox controller and a Logitech K400 for the same price... Edit: I think it has bluetooth too, so could even use a PS4 controller... will give it a try as i have one of these as well.


eh - I disagree - I spent roughly 7 years using boxes like this as my media center to power the TV. Windows isn't a 10 foot OS and it's very noticeable. I replaced all my HTPC devices with Shields and SPMC and haven't looked back. I haven't looked at the benchmarks on this PC but I'll bet the shield beats it for decoding content & playing games.

The other aspect, as I live in a shared house, is that I LOVE that people cannot use it the same way they use a PC - asking me to install applications or browsing internet on a 4K screen using a tiny cursor 8 feet away it just doesn't work well.

The Shield on the other hand is designed to be used on a big screen - navigation is done using a remote instead of a mouse. To each their own though, I have had this discussion before on here so I know others will disagree. But for me using a PC on a TV just doesn'r make sense.

Just buy one of these click. I just sold one recently with an i3 4130, 4GB RAM (spare slot), WIN8 Pro, no HDD for less than £90. I would only consider buying one of these if it was less than £60.
Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 21st Nov

Yer think I will hang out for the Nvidia Shield to hopefully drop on Black Friday .

brainsys1 h, 21 m ago

Good chance it will support Linux and a slim xfce distro should work …Good chance it will support Linux and a slim xfce distro should work rather more efficiently within 2Gb and make the CPU fly - well not nosedive at the end of the runway.


Yeah I’m a big fan of lubuntu on low spec stuff

RiverDragon850 m ago

Just buy one of these click. I just sold one recently with an i3 4130, 4GB …Just buy one of these click. I just sold one recently with an i3 4130, 4GB RAM (spare slot), WIN8 Pro, no HDD for less than £90. I would only consider buying one of these if it was less than £60.


Yeah I got HP Elite 8300 but these are noisy vs an atom machine

These little machines are great value. I have a Sumvison Cyclone from a couple of years ago with similar specs and I use it to run an internet radio station! Full music playout, audio processing and streaming from a £100 box that is silent and draws only 5 watts of electricity ... what's not to love!

Wonder if this would be good to play mkvs on? Only upto 1080p with dts etc

This is essentially the Chuwi Hibox badged as something else with half the RAM and storage.

It's one sole advantage is that the Windows is Pro, not home.

The ebuyer spec is incorrect too as there is no DisplayPort.
Edited by: "reddit" 21st Nov

sh2015 h, 23 m ago

eh - I disagree - I spent roughly 7 years using boxes like this as my …eh - I disagree - I spent roughly 7 years using boxes like this as my media center to power the TV. Windows isn't a 10 foot OS and it's very noticeable. I replaced all my HTPC devices with Shields and SPMC and haven't looked back. I haven't looked at the benchmarks on this PC but I'll bet the shield beats it for decoding content & playing games. The other aspect, as I live in a shared house, is that I LOVE that people cannot use it the same way they use a PC - asking me to install applications or browsing internet on a 4K screen using a tiny cursor 8 feet away it just doesn't work well. The Shield on the other hand is designed to be used on a big screen - navigation is done using a remote instead of a mouse. To each their own though, I have had this discussion before on here so I know others will disagree. But for me using a PC on a TV just doesn'r make sense.


Does shield have itv hub, All4, 5 on demand, daveTv catchup? Not so great for catch up TV

ladaowner57 m ago

Does shield have itv hub, All4, 5 on demand, daveTv catchup? Not so great …Does shield have itv hub, All4, 5 on demand, daveTv catchup? Not so great for catch up TV


Using that logic, a Virgin/Tivo box is better than this, and comes free with your subscription. The Shield has most catchup built in but admittedly not all of what you listed. Anything that's missing you can cast from a phone, which gives you even more options than what you have listed - though I don't personally do this because I am not a fan of network TV. Or you can use spmc/Kodi - which is better than catchup.

I feel it's a case of round peg square hole when using windows on a TV. Nothing against windows, it's my daily driver on my Surface and my z420. A Shield will handle games and decode video much better than this PC - it generally has a price premium but I got both of mine for this price [£99] as they go on sale at least once a year.

Basically shield TV only has BBC player for catchup TV, also there is no amazon prime video.

Yes Shield TV is a great box for games but remember not all games and apps are android TV ready, which means side loading the mobile app and using a mouse.

There is no prefect media streaming box, amazon is the closest but not great at codecs in smpc. Shield has DTS 5.1 and 24p switching, Netflix HD but no catchup TV (only BBC) or amazon prime video.

The perfect device is a combination of a pc running openelec and amazon fire box for catchup

ladaowner22nd Nov

Basically shield TV only has BBC player for catchup TV, also there is no …Basically shield TV only has BBC player for catchup TV, also there is no amazon prime video.Yes Shield TV is a great box for games but remember not all games and apps are android TV ready, which means side loading the mobile app and using a mouse.There is no prefect media streaming box, amazon is the closest but not great at codecs in smpc. Shield has DTS 5.1 and 24p switching, Netflix HD but no catchup TV (only BBC) or amazon prime video.The perfect device is a combination of a pc running openelec and amazon fire box for catchup


Will have to disagree on that...shield has more streaming options than what you're listing (including Amazon video) so I don't know how old your info is....Tegra processor, 24p, 4K HDR along with the ability to side load apps make it a no brainer. Again for catchup you should use a virgin/TiVo type box.
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