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Intel Compute Stick is a proper PC in a HDMI-connecting dongle

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Intel Compute Stick

Intel has lifted the lid on the Compute Stick, a tiny dongle PC that plugs into an HDMI socket.

Somewhat foreshadowed by the button-sized Intel Curie computer that was also unveiled at CES 2015, the Intel Compute Stick will be available pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or Linux, with Intel favouring the Ubuntu flavour of the latter.

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Intel's PC-on-a-stick may be tiny, but it still manages to cram in a quad-core Atom Z3735F processor, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB port, a Micro USB socket for powering it from a mains adapter, and a microSD slot for increasing storage.

The Windows 8.1 version comes with 32GB of built-in drive space and 2GB of RAM, while the low-cost Linux model has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.

And the price of all this miniaturisation magic? Just $150 for the Windows-powered Compute Stick or $89 for the Linux model when they go on sale around March.

Trevor Totten

January 8, 2015, 9:01 am

Is there a difference in the hardware of the Windows and Linux models, or is the price difference simply due to licensing costs? Just wondering if I could buy the Linux version and install Windows... I know there would be technical limitations in terms of booting into Windows setup, but I'm sure someone will figure that out!

Jimmy Borch

January 8, 2015, 9:36 am

Yes: "The Windows 8.1 version comes with 32GB of built-in drive space and 2GB of RAM, while the low-cost Linux model has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM."

MattMe

January 8, 2015, 4:17 pm

This kind of thing would be perfect for turning your TV into a large screen all-in-one for your living room, rather than just the ordinary smart TV. So much more versatile than an Amazon or Google equivalent.

Any ideas of what the performance would be like? Just for fairly simple things like animated websites, and streaming movies etc?
I'd be slightly worried about the performance of Windows 8.1 running on single channel 2GB RAM.

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