The Z8350 is rapidly replacing the aging Intel X5-Z8300, which appeared in most cheap Windows PCs over the last 6-12 months so expect to see it far more often. It should offer a slight improvement in performance, though expect this to be fairly small.
Inside the box you’ll get the MeeGoPad T09, power adapter, HDMI cable, and an English instruction manual.
Where to Buy the MeeGoPad T09
The MeeGoPad T09 is available from the following stores for under $160:
MeeGoPad have announced their latest mini PC. Called the MeeGoPad A2, the company is billing the device as the world’s first Remix OS stick.
Powered by the octacore Allwinner A83t, the device runs Remix OS, Jide’s Android fork based on Android Lollypop that aims to bring a Windows-like experience to Android devices, complete with multiple Windows, shortcut keys and a taskbar.
The MeeGoPad A02 comes in two variants: a low end model with 1GB of RAM and 15GB of eMMC storage and a higher specc’d version with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The unit’s case appears to be similar to the MeeGoPad T03 Pro, offering two full-size USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and 3.5mm audio output.
Inside the box, you’ll get the MeeGoPad A02 unit, power cable, power adapter, warranty card and user manual.
Interestingly, the company has opted to go the crowdfunding route for their new stick, starting a campaign on IndieGoGo. A $39 pledge scores you the 1GB/16GB model and $49 for the 2GB/32GB model. Higher tiers are also available if you’re after 100 units of either variant.
The MeeGoPad A02 is currently only available via IndieGoGo.
MeeGoPad are at it again with the release of the MeeGoPad T07 Pro Windows PC. Using a compact stick form factor, the MeeGoPad T07 Pro features the quad core Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail SoC, 32GB of onboard storage, b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The unit also comes with an activated version of Windows 10 Home.
Most interestingly however, is that MeeGoPad have stepped up the amount of RAM, shipping the T07 Pro with 4GB compared to the typical 2GB seen in most models. This should help with multitasking for those who like to do more than a few things at once.
I’m also glad to see that MeeGoPad have included two full sized USB 2.0 ports. After reviewing the MeeGoPad T03 Pro, I did find having only a single fullsize USB port pretty limiting as using multiple adapters becomes cumbersome.
The company have also one again opted for an active cooling setup, using a small fan to help keep temperatures down.
Inside the box, you’ll get the MeeGoPad T07 Pro unit, power adapter, power cable and a Chinese instruction manual.
The MeeGoPad T07 Pro is available from GearBest for around $132 including shipping at the time of writing. Use coupon GBT07 to get it for just $129.99.
The MeeGoPad T03 Pro is The gadget makers latest Windows stick PC. It’s powered by the Quadcore Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 process and features 2Gb ram, 32Gb of onboard storage and b/g/n wifi – all in a compact shell. Is it any good? Read our MeeGoPad T03 Pro review to find out
I want to say thanks to GearBest for sending me a sample to review.
MeeGoPad have included the basics to get connected:
1x MeeGoPad T03 Pro unit
1x 5V/2A Power Adapter
1x USB Power Cable
1x Instruction manual
Given that the MeeGoPad T03 Pro uses micro USB ports to save on space, I wish MeeGoPad included a USB OTG adapter in the box. I’d recommend you pick up one like this.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Design
Much like other stick PCs, the MeeGoPad T03 is quite compact at only 10.2×3.6×0.99cm. It’s probably the size of a couple of packs of gum.
The design is relatively minimalist design, with MeeGoPad branding on the top and ventilation on the bottom. The whole device is covered in a black rubber-like coating that feels nice and makes it easy to grip when you need to unplug it from your TV.
To maximize the available space , ports are located all over the unit. The right side houses a micro USB 2.0 port and a micro SD card slot.
The left side features a power button, another micro USB 2.0 port and a fullsize USB 3.0 port.
A male HDMI plug is integrated into the unit, so you don’t need a HDMI cable. But you may need a HDMI extension cable depending on how much clearance you have around your TV’s HDMI ports.
Given that the MeeGoPad T03 Pro only has a single fullsize USB port, you’ll either need to invest in Bluetooth peripherals or get a couple of USB OTG cables to be able to use all the ports which is a bit of a pain. It can also get a bit messy with everything connected.
The fan hidden under the top vent does a solid job keeping the unit cool (more on that in the Thermal Performance section) but it’s fairly audible. You won’t hear it if there’s background noise but during silence, its high-pitched whirring can be annoying.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Using It
Pressing the power button will cause the unit to boot. It takes around 20 seconds for a cold boot with a USB keyboard and mouse connected.
The unit ships with Windows 10 64-bit Home. There’s not much to say here except that it’s stock and comes activated. Out of the box, there’s a single C: drive with 20.7GB out of 28.2GB free.
I did have an issue where the Windows Store was missing. I had to use the Windows Media Creation Tool to reinstall Windows 10 to get it back after a few common tips failed. All is working now however and I’m not sure if the issue was limited to my unit or the device more broadly.
Intel’s Cherry Trail processor does a great job with Windows. I didn’t experience any noticeable issues during testing. Multitasking performance is decent as with most of these devices. Opening a few web pages in Chrome whilst watching a movie was fine.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Media Playback
Media Playback was tested using Kodi 15.2 – the latest stable version at the time of writing. Gaming performance
Video Performance (Kodi 15.2)
1080p 3D SBS H.264
1080p 3D ABL H.264
1080p High Bitrate H.264 – 120Mb/s
Unwatchable (Lots of Dropped Frames)
4K 30FPS H.264
4K 60FPS H.264
Unwatchable (Video lags behind Audio)
4K 30FPS HEVC
Unwatchable (Skipped Frames)
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)
Media playback on the MeeGoPad T03 Pro was good, with only 4K 60fps and 1080p Hi10p tripping the device up as expected, given the lack of hardware decoding for these formats.
Automatic framerate switching worked perfectly, and 23.976FPS content played back without any noticeable hitches.
Deinterlacing performance was good as with other Cherry Trail devices.
Netflix was able to be played back in 1080p without any issues via the native a Windows 10 app.
External Storage Support
I was able to play back media from both my USB flash drive and USB-powered 2.5″ HDD without any issues.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Gaming Performance
To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games,1 2D and 1 3D titles:
I was able to connect up my Tronsmart Mars G01 and have it recognised as an Xbox 360 controller. Playing Beach Buggy Racing was fine.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Networking
Wireless network speeds were average. Upload and download speeds were 22.1Mb/s and 33.6Mb/s respectively on the 2.4GHz band.
Interestingly, real world testing of wireless performance was far better than the numbers suggest. 1080p and 4K samples streamed fine from my NFS share via WiFi without any noticeable buffering.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Benchmarks
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
GeekBench 3 Single Core
GeekBench 3 Multi Core
PCMark Home Conventional
PCMark Work Conventional
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Thermal Performance
The thermal performance of the MeeGoPad T03 Pro is great. The device is actively cooled via a small fan and it’s clear that the fan is doing it’s job. After 30 minutes of stress testing via HeavyLoad, the MeeGoPad T03 Pro capped out at 68°C according to HWiNFO without any throttling. Ambient temperature was 20.7°C.
This makes it one of the cooler mini PC’s I’ve tested to date.
MeeGoPad T03 Pro Review: Power Consumption
Should You Get One?
The MeeGoPad T03 Pro is an interesting device and one that has me conflicted. On on hand, it’s incredibly compact and performs as well as far larger Windows boxes. However, the lack of ports and constantly whirring fan are a frustrating and really detract from the device’s usability.
That being said, if you’re in need of a tiny Windows PC with some graphical power, the MeeGoPad T03 is a reasonable choice as long as you can overlook its limitations.
The MeeGoPad T03 is available from GearBest for around $105.
PC manufacturer MeegoPad have released the MeegoPad T03 Pro, a new stick PC that runs Windows 10 and is powered by the Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail SoC.
Like other Cherry Trail devices, it comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4Ghz b/g/n WiFi. The HDMI plug is integrated into the unit.
MeegoPad have considered cooling for the MeegoPad T03 Pro, including a small fan to keep the SoC cool and prevent thermal throttling.
Given the unit’s compact form factor, space is at a premium for ports though MeegoPad have managed to fit in 3 USB ports onto the device’s tiny frame. There’s a single full size USB 3.0 port and two micro USB 2.0 ports so those needing more than 1 USB port will need to pick up some micro USB OTG adapters.
Inside the box, you’ll get the MeegoPad T03 Pro unit, 5V 2A power supply and an instruction manual.
The MeegoPad T03 Pro is available from GearBest and Amazon for around $110.
Use coupon “GBT03P” at GearBest to get it for $100.99.
MeeGoPad have released the the MeeGoPad T04, their latest Intel mini PC. Powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail process, the MeeGoPad T04 is capable of running Windows 10.
The design looks pretty interesting, with a round “pebble” design that definitely looks distinctive. Ports are located around the back, whilst a capacitive power button appears at the front.
The specs are similar to what we saw on the Tronsmart Ara X5, with 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, micro SD card slot, dual band WiFi and fast Ethernet. Power is handled via a micro USB port.
Whilst the marketing materials repeatedly mention that Windows 10 runs fine on the MeeGoPad T04, there’s no explicit mention that the copy of Windows is actually licensed. MeeGoPad have shipped units with and without licensed versions of Windows in the past, so make sure you ask the retailer before you buy.
MeeGoPad T04 Technical Specifications
Chipset: Intel Cherry Trail processor with Intel HD graphics (Z8300)
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
Storage: 32GB eMMC + microSD slot
Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Connectivity: dual band 802.1 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet
MeegoPad have released the MeegoPad T02 silently into market. Powered by the Intel Z3735F chipset, the MeegoPad T02 now seems to feature a licensed version of Windows 8.1 with Bing compared to its predecessor.
Storage: 32 or 64 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 64GB
Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm Audio
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
USB: 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB port
Other Features: Power button
OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing & Android 4.4/Ubuntu (Marketing material is mixed)
Many people were frustrated with the MeegoPad T01, with its thermal issues and a “trial” Windows installation most likely contributing to the product’s poor reputation. It does seem that MeegoPad have learned from their mistakes.
The main changes seem to be the use of a genuine Windows licence, addition of a 3.5mm audio port, additional cooling vents and the inclusion of two full size USB ports instead of the one on its predecessor.
It also looks like MeegoPad were heavily “inspired” by the design of the Intel Compute Stick as the two now look remarkably similar.
The MeegoPad T02 is anticipated to ship towards the end of May.
If you’re interested in getting the MeegoPad T02 for yourself, you can purchase it from GearBest and AliExpress for around $110. There is also a version without Windows for around $85.
Intel are starting to make waves in the tablet space, with x86 processors appearing more frequently. Now, it’s starting to move into mini PCs. The combination of cheaper Intel chipsets and Windows licences has bred devices like the MeegoPad T01. The MeegoPad T01 is a Intel Bay Trail-powered Atom PC with the familiar “Android Stick” form factor. Armed with a quadcore 1.33 GHz processor, this tiny stick is capable of running both Android 4.4 and Windows 8 in a dual OS configuration!
MeegoPad T01 Specifications
Chipset: Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics Gen 7 (2W TDP)
RAM: 2 GB DDR3L-1333 (64-bit up to 10.6 GB/s)
Storage: 16 or 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 64GB
Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Realtek RTL8723BS)
USB: 2x micro USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
Other Features: Power button
OS: Windows 8/Android 4.4 (Dual Boot)
MeegoPad T01 Impressions
This is a very exciting product as it combines cheap hardware and the allows you to run Windows which eliminates many of the limitations with Android-based devices such as getting the right drivers for peripherals. Additionally, getting Netflix and other streaming apps working should be much easier, as often embedded platforms don’t always support the required DRM. It’s also capable of loading Android 4.4.2.
Whilst the Atom Z3735F isn’t necessarily the fastest chip around, it should be ideal for handling XBMC/Kodi, media playback, web browsing and even some light gaming. You can see CPUBoss’ benchmarks here.
The inclusion of a power button is a small thing but something that I find very exciting as I don’t always like having my media players running all the time so this addition is incredibly welcome and strangely rare in the Mini PC world.
I personally want to get my hands on a MeegoPad T01 as I love the idea of having a tiny Windows media center that I can take around with me.
MeegoPad T01 Video
MeegoPad T01 Images
To get more information on the MeegoPad T01, please follow the link to the product page.
Do you like the look of the MeegoPad T01? Is this something you’d want to use as your HTPC? Let us know in the comments below.