Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Intel Compute Stick

One of the interesting technologies announced at CES was the Intel Compute Stick.

The 4 inch long computer plugs into an HDMI port in a TV or monitor. Connect your Bluetooth wireless (or USB) keyboard and mouse and you've got a complete Windows 8.1 (or Linux) computer that's just a little larger than a Google ChromeCast.

Here are the specs: 

  • 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • MicroSD slot (for more memory)
  • WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Full-sized USB 2.0 port
  • MicroUSB 2.0 port for power
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Windows 8.1 Bing (the same version that runs on the $200 HP Stream 11.)
This could be a cheap way to deploy desktop computing for people that aren't heavy users, or even a thin-client replacement. It might be good for dedicated kiosks or digital media servers.

The Windows version is $149 and the Linux version will be $89 (with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage.) Looks like it will be available in March. There's a Chinese company that manufactures them called MeegoPad (T01/TB05) complete with an Intel logo for $150 on Amazon (I think I'll wait.)

When they're available, I'll get one and review it here.

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