Intel Introduces a PC on a Stick

Intel Introduces a PC on a Stick

Intel has introduced a device that runs a full version of Windows with specs comparable to many entry level tablets – in a ‘ultra-small’ form factor.


Compute when, where, and how you want
The Intel® Compute Stick is 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. Pre-installed with Windows 8.1* or Linux, 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, with built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

Intel shoves a Windows 8.1 PC in a stick, sells it for $149.99
The device, called the Intel Compute Stick, has similar specs to the entry-level tablets we have been seeing hit the market recently. With an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 32 GB of eMMC storage, 2 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n, one USB port (for powering the device) and HDMI (1.4a), the stick is nearly a complete PC in a tiny package.

The stick ships with the full version of Windows – Windows 8.1 with Bing specifically – which means that you can technically run any Windows application on it. This device makes it possible to turn nearly any large screen into a PC with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse – and at $149.99, this is a compact solution that can fit in your pocket.

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8 thoughts on “Intel Introduces a PC on a Stick

  1. I would prefer a USB port for using a keyboard/mouse as opposed to the bluetooth. Bluetooth is still rather expensive and would counteract the low price.

    As for size and usability, it would sure kill the tablets/pads.

    This would be an interesting buy if the FCC ever approves it for market.

    • More than likely you will be able to use w-7 if you have a purchased copy available.

      As to the warranty it may be voided since this was a partnership with Windows promoting w8.1

      • How would you load the w-7?
        There are no input sockets. Just a card slot.
        The USB is for powering the unit only.
        The HDMI is an output port.
        You’d have to download it or have it on the card.

        • WiFi
          – and if that does not work then you can’t load patches either and the stick rapidly becomes dangerous junk.
          Unless the comment about the usb port is pessimistic and it is data as well.

          Lot’s of questions!

          • If you can download from the WiFi OK.
            You can’t get W-7 from Microsoft any more.
            You’d have to get it from a 3rd party that has downloading available.

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