Intel’s Compute Stick is a $149 Windows PC to go

Those new Broadwell NUCs might be tiny, but Intel has gone even tinier with the Compute Stick: a $149 HDMI dongle that houses an almost full-fledged Windows PC.

The Compute Stick has Windows 8.1 with Bing pre-loaded, and it features a quad-core Bay Trail processor backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The dongle can plug into "any HDMI display," Intel says, so long as power is supplied via Micro-USB. The chipmaker eventually plans to power the device solely through HDMI, but that's not a reality yet.

Along its edges, the Compute Stick is outfitted with a power button, a full-sized USB port, the aforementioned Micro-USB port, and a microSD slot for extra storage. 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are part of the package—as is an HDMI extender, we're told.

Intel also plans to offer a Linux version of the Compute Stick priced at just $89. That model will have a lighter hardware payload, with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage capacity. Still, it's not hard to imagine all kinds of nifty applications for such a tiny and affordable x86 PC.

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    • popyoon
    • 5 years ago

    Intel has designed the most interesting and useful
    The device will be more comfortable with computer access.

    [url<]http://www.popyoon.com/News/3922[/url<]

    • Ninjitsu
    • 5 years ago

    So how is it supposed to be powered, exactly? A phone charger?

      • sweatshopking
      • 5 years ago

      USB. Many tvs have USB ports on them.

    • burntham77
    • 5 years ago

    This plus a NAS could make for a neat, hidden HTPC.

    • themattman
    • 5 years ago

    Since this $150 stick has Windows 8.1 and wireless connectivity, could this be plugged into a WD External Hard Drive and turn it into a remote-storage solution similar to the WD MyCloud, but with more capabilities?

      • sweatshopking
      • 5 years ago

      that’s a very good question…

      • maxxcool
      • 5 years ago

      ohhhhh yes… super cheap wireless NAS …

        • willmore
        • 5 years ago

        Except for the cheap part….or the NAS part…..

      • Duck
      • 5 years ago

      Of course.

    • oldDummy
    • 5 years ago

    hmm…can’t this be done with a phone?
    both wired and Chromecast….?

    • nico1982
    • 5 years ago

    They should consider a Thunderbolt version… for $199.

    • Shouefref
    • 5 years ago

    Nice toy. But is it usefull? And it’s too late for the Xmas presents for nerds.

      • sweatshopking
      • 5 years ago

      IT’S A FULL WINDOWS PC. IT’S FAST ENOUGH FOR PRETTY MUCH ANY TASK EXCEPT GAMING. COME ON SHOUEFREF, WHAT IS IT YOU WANT, MAN!?!?!?!

    • trackerben
    • 5 years ago

    HDMI plug looks slightly angled.

    Bendgate!

    • Archer
    • 5 years ago

    Windows is free on devices under 9 inches…which should both please and displease most of the women on the planet.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 5 years ago

      It’s software, I don’t think they are too bothered.

        • Meadows
        • 5 years ago

        It’s the hardware that has to be under 9 inches.

          • sweatshopking
          • 5 years ago

          DAMN!! I ALWAYS HAVE TO PAY!

            • Ninjitsu
            • 5 years ago

            I’m Indian, I like it free. 😛

      • terranup16
      • 5 years ago

      8.1 w/Bing is free period.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 5 years ago

    If it had an ethernet port, it could have been the Steam streamer that Valve was waiting for.

      • Deanjo
      • 5 years ago

      You can always add a USB NIC.

      • drfish
      • 5 years ago

      Or Nvidia could make a slightly beefier one with a tiny Maxwell chip riding shotgun Ion style, that would be amazing.

      • NTMBK
      • 5 years ago

      Is streaming over wifi really that terrible? If the router->PC connection is wired and the router->TV connection is wireless, my guess would be that it would work alright. Can’t say I’ve tried it though.

        • Deanjo
        • 5 years ago

        Too many environmental variables to say it would be acceptable or not. The only real way you are pretty much guaranteed good network performance is wired.

          • Terra_Nocuus
          • 5 years ago

          I Steam stream over wifi (pc ->AC-> router ->N-> pc) and it’s pretty solid. There’s a periodic “low bandwidth” / lag period for 5-10 seconds roughly every 20 or 25 minutes… not sure what that’s about, but it could be anything, really. I know it could be better wired, but that’s just not feasible right now.

            • continuum
            • 4 years ago

            Also who knows how the wifi in the stick is. 802.11n multiple stream might be ok, if it’s single stream that would suck.

      • bfar
      • 5 years ago

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      • Takeshi7
      • 5 years ago

      You should look at the Zotac Pico PI320. It’s similar to this, and it has ethernet. I got one and I like it a lot.

    • ClickClick5
    • 5 years ago

    That looks like a lot of weight to have a single HDMI port to hold. Add USB power and a USB hub or device hanging on there too?

      • willmore
      • 5 years ago

      Sticky tape.

    • the
    • 5 years ago

    Seemings a little bit like [url=https://techreport.com/news/27228/this-mini-bay-trail-pc-is-the-size-of-a-thumb-drive<]deja vu.[/url<] They do appear to be slightly different as there only appears to be one micro-USB port on this unit. Oh, and it comes in black.

    • maxxcool
    • 5 years ago

    Too bad PoE is not a option… this would be awesome for backtrack, media boxer streamer. Still with tv’s having usb ports next too the hdmi port this is snap.

      • UberGerbil
      • 5 years ago

      This is the niche USB Type-C is perfect for — one port to power the device [i<]and[/i<] transfer the video [i<]and[/i<] USB-based control inputs. Unfortunately, the sticks don't have that connector yet... and even if they did, the installed base of TVs with USB-C will be a close approximation of zero for a long time to come.

        • Theolendras
        • 5 years ago

        Probably could be bridged to HDMI and classic USB connector to bridege the gap, but it defeats the purpose.

        • NeelyCam
        • 5 years ago

        Looks like even Apple is going USB-C… presumably to kill Thunderbolt

        [url<]http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/06/macbook-air-12-inch-redesign/[/url<] [url<]http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/6/7505187/apple-macbook-2015-usb-type-c-reversible[/url<]

    • chuckula
    • 5 years ago

    Give him the stick… DON’T give him the stick!

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXFdPTaCtkc[/url<]

      • dmjifn
      • 5 years ago

      You’re the ringlead-ah!

    • Peter.Parker
    • 5 years ago

    But can it play Crysis?

      • f0d
      • 5 years ago

      its
      “can it play assassins creed: unity”
      now

        • Peter.Parker
        • 5 years ago

        I’m waiting on Ubisoft to finish patching it, and then I’ll ask about it!

        • VincentHanna
        • 5 years ago

        That’ll never catch on… besides AC:U requires 50GB HDD space, so obviously not.

        • willmore
        • 5 years ago

        The difference is that people actually wanted to play Crysis.

      • UnfriendlyFire
      • 5 years ago

      You can emulate a DX10 GPU onto a CPU to run Crysis (DX10 game), if you’re using a GPU that’s limited to DX9.

      Aka, rendering ALL of the graphics on a CPU:

      [url<]http://www.istartedsomething.com/20081126/direct3d-warp10-to-enable-you-to-play-dx10-crysis-using-software-renderer-only-albeit-slowly/[/url<] An 8-core Nehalem i7 (3.0 GHz) achieved a 7.39 FPS at 800x600 minimal graphics setting.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 5 years ago

      Not at a reasonable framerate or graphics settings.

        • UnfriendlyFire
        • 5 years ago

        I wouldn’t consider “7.39 FPS at 800×600 minimal graphics setting” reasonable.

      • tootercomputer
      • 5 years ago

      Ya know, I wonder if it could. That could be an interesting metric of sorts for all these mini-type of systems with Windows that continue to pop up: can it play Crysis? Sure, it’s been a few years now, but that will always be a standard of sorts.

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