Intel Compute Stick: Windows 8 in the palm of your hand.

Intel Compute Stick: Windows 8 in the palm of your hand.

Intel Compute Stick Launch

Intel Stick Device for Windows 8

A new generation compute-on-a-stick device that’s ready-to-go out-of-the-box and offers the performance, quality, and value you expect from Intel. Get a complete experience on an ultra-small, power-efficient device that is just four inches long, yet packs the power and reliability of a quad-core Intel Atom processor.

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LAS VEGAS — Amid all of the laptop and PC news that’s come out of the 2015 International CES, the quiet announcement of Intel’s diminutive Compute Stick comes as something of a surprise. It has tablet hardware and plugs into an HDMI port, offering a PC experience in a tiny space. The Compute Stick comes in two flavors: an $89 Linux version, and the $149 model that’s running Windows 8.1 with Bing. Converted, that’s about £60 or AU$110 and £100 or AU$185 respectively.

There isn’t all that much to the Compute Stick. It’s very light and not too much bigger than a Google Chromecast. The Stick plugs into a display by way of its HDMI 1.4a port, which will handle streaming duties. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity lets you pair peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, while 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi gets you onto the Web. The Compute Stick can’t draw power from its HDMI port, so you’ll need to plug in a Micro-USB cable to keep it powered up. That Micro-USB slot sits on the left side, flanked by a full-size USB port and a power button.

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Inside the Stick you’ll find a quad-core Atom Z3735F processor, a Bay Trail CPU typically found in Intel-powered Android tablets. The Windows 8.1 version offers 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM — if you need more room, I was told that the microSD card slot on the right side can support cards of up to 128GB. The Linux version has 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

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Source: Nate Ralph

Image source: Hassan Voyeau