Intel Compute Stick – A $149 Pocket Desktop Computer
The Intel Compute Stick, an HDMI dongle shown at CES 2015, is a new generation computing device that transforms any HDMI display into a fully functional computer.
It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
The ultra-small, power-efficient device is just four inches long, yet packs the power and reliability of a quad-core Intel Atom processor, with built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage.
Compute When, Were, and How You Want
The device looks a bit like a Google Chromecast and promises to do wonders for those with a mobile lifestyle – you can carry your desktop PC and your data always with you, and use it anywhere you can plug it into power and a display.
The Intel Compute Stick will cost $149 with Windows 8.1, Tom’s Hardware reports. There is a lower cost Compute Stick running Linux Ubuntu, with 8GB of storage and 1GB of memory for $89. Intel sees the Compute Stick as a lower-entry computing device that can also be a powerful media player and consumption tool for consumers. For corporations, it can serve as a thin client device. It comes with 32 GB of eMMC storage and 2 GB of RAM. It’s got a USB port, HDMI of course (1.4a, using a standard connector), and a microUSB port that provides power, as well as a microSD slot. An Intel spokesperson said that it would eventually be able to draw power over HDMI.
The device will be available to consumers in 2015, Intel says. Tom’s Hardware is more precise, and says that the Intel Compute Stick will ship in March.
Images from Intel.