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Clear out an HDMI port for Intel’s $149 Compute Stick

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Here at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel is trying to cram its chips into every possible product, ranging from drones and door locks to watches and Chromebooks. So maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s an Intel Atom in the company’s new Compute Stick; a full computer in an HDMI dongle.

The PC on a stick device is four-inches long and has a few ports: HDMI out for your TV or monitor, USB port, and a microSD card slot. Inside is 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of memory, an 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi radio, and Atom processor. [company]Intel[/company] will offer the Compute Stick in both a Microsoft Windows 8.1 version ($149) as well as one with an Ubuntu Linux distro ($89); the latter will have less memory and storage.

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For some this might be a low-cost way to add another computer to the home, using an existing television or monitor. In this case, the Compute Stick would bring online streaming content to the TV while also providing full Windows apps and web browsing on the big screen.

It could also work as a modular computer of sorts, provided you don’t need top-notch performance: Carry the Compute Stick in your pocket and plug in wherever you have a screen, keyboard and mouse. All of your locally stored data would come with you since it’s on the stick, but of course, you could alway tap into cloud storage as well.

Intel is aiming for a March release of the Compute Stick, so it’s not quite ready yet. But you might want to free up an HDMI port to put this next to your [company]Google[/company] Chromecast, [company]Apple[/company] TV or other HDMI-capable device.


11 Responses to “Clear out an HDMI port for Intel’s $149 Compute Stick”

  1. Kevin Krewell

    That’s an aggressive price, but you’re most likely not going to stick that directly into an HDMI port of your HDTV. Rather, you’ll connect it via an HDMI cable. This could be a good, cheap solution for advertising displays.

  2. José Luis Mario

    Hey guise I’ve got a great idea …. Let’s make a competitor to Chromecast and all the other android and Linux boards out there but instead of being competitive on price we’ll charge 5 times as much and for our flagship model we’ll load it with an OS that everyone despises!


      Amen brother

      Baytrail proc runs $17 per 1000 wholesale 1GB RAM

      Baytrail proc runs $20 per 1000 wholesale 2GB RAM

      I am assuming this is a Cherrytrail

      Microsoft is giving away Windows for free so why is there a $60 markup?

    • Jose Luis Mario II

      Did you actually read the specs on this thing? Great price, even if they didn’t include an OS. USB port, 32GB! of storage, 2GB RAM, microSD slot, Intel CPU, and will be able to run various OSes. What does your Chromecast and other Android/Linux boards have?

  3. sunk818

    I’m curious how it will handle playing of YouTube videos 720p vs 1080p, 30fps vs 60fps. If it can play 1080p @ 60fps without any dropped frames on VLC, I’ll buy it in March. I’ve been really unhappy using ChromeCast on the Chrome browser to play MP4 videos @ 480p.

    • Rann Xeroxx

      Windows 8.1 can run on 1GB of RAM and 16GB of eMM or SSD and needs little in way of processor power. Basically abut the same that something like SlackWare or xubuntu might need.