The Remix Mini, an Android based mini-PC. The company behind the Remix – Beijing-based Jide Tech – has created an OS it calls Remix OS, which is based on Android, but is heavily customised to give you desktop features such as a

  • Taskbar
  • multi-window multi-tasking

Remix OS is designed to be used with a mouse and keyboard, running on the big screen. At the same time, it’s based on Android, and you’ll be using Android apps to get things done.

This might have seemed like a bad idea even a year ago, but there’s a pretty good collection of apps on Android that take care of most productivity tasks, and there is also no shortage of fun little games you can play even without a touchscreen. You can see more in the video below:

But perhaps the most appealing aspect of the Remix is the price – early bird backers could get the Remix 1GB version at just $20 (approximately Rs. 1,275). You can still get it at $30, or under Rs. 2,000. And if you want, you can get the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version, at $40 (approximately Rs. 2,500).

As the Remix creators point out in the Kickstarter pitch, most people are spending a lot more just to check email and watch YouTube videos. If you’re looking for a very basic computer, then why do you need to spend a huge amount of money on it?

The Remix Mini is powered by a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, and the 1GB model comes with 8GB of storage, while the 2GB model comes with 16GB of storage. Both come with USB ports to connect an external HDD, and also include a microSD port. There’s an HDMI port to connect your display, Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port, along with a 3.5mm jack to connect your headphones or speakers.

Another problem we had with some of the Android based Kickstarter projects has been that by the time the product is delivered, Android has marched on and the hardware is significantly behind the curve. Remix is supposed to be delivered anywhere in the world by October 2015 – if the company can actually meet this deadline, then the Remix Mini desktop sounds like a pretty good buy in our view.