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Has anyone seen these? It looks like it might be a prepper friendly option for computing needs post-SHTF, considering its size and power needs (can be run off a phone charger, from the looks of it). Way I figure, not every scenario involves there being no power, so this may be a handy piece of kit depending on what you're prepping for.

https://getchip.com/pages/chip
 

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As far as a monitor goes, I thought the cool thing about it was that it could be used with composite, HDMI, or VGA. That means almost any modern TV could link to it easily.
 

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You assume there is a working power grid after SHTF? :)
5 volts for the chip and 12 volts for a portable TV. It's doable.

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That one still needs a monitor.

Therefore I'd rather choose this one:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html
Also powered by usb, more refined as a product. A lot more expensive though.

For a monitor, something like this will work with both devices:
https://www.amazon.com/GeChic-2501C-Portable-Monitor-Inputs/dp/B00H4MWMWQ
USB powered also, so it can be powered from a power bank along with the stick itself.
Yep, a portable monitor is what it would need...

If there was a way to plug it into a smartpad or smart phone that would even be more portable, kind of like an additional drive...
 

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I was thinking along the lines of not every shtf situation being the end of the world. For instance, a government coup. Say a militaristic, totalitarian regime takes over. There would still be working power then, presumably.

Or, how about if it's a more personal shtf? You need to drop off the grid and your computer and phone are compromised. This would be a cheap alternative to use that would fit neatly in a buyout bag, along with cash and whatever else.

Another possibility would be natural disasters like fires or earthquakes that may devastate buildings and personal belongings but leave the power grid intact.

I know that there are plenty of situations where there won't be a functioning grid, but there are others where power grids will be up, potentially, in which case this would be a useful tool. It's a super cheap computer that can handle basic needs. Not every shtf situation is an apocalypse.
 

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Another thought could be of the grid did go down, but you had generators. Diesel, solar, or even something rigged up from a bike. If a huge storm came through and knocked out the grid, then this computer would be a lot easier to power than a larger one.
 
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