Intel first showcased their HDMI dongle based computer during CES 2015. But, that was a long time ago and now the Intel Compute stick is finally ready for the consumers.
The product is now available for pre-orders on Amazon, New Egg among other websites. If you have been wondering what’s so great about this stick, you need to go through the specifications before questioning its functionality.
Intel Compute stick is a bit longer than a USB drive but on the inside it is powered by an Intel Atom quad core processor. The device has a solid 2 GB of RAM and there’s 32 GB of space which should be more than enough for your storage requirements.
While it looks really small to be a computer, it will surprise you because there is a HDMI port, an USB port, micro USB for power connection as well as has wifi connectivity, Bluetooth besides a card reader.
That’s an awful lot of ports on such a small PC and even the newly launched Apple Macbook would feel ashamed as it comes with a single micro USB port. The price is priced at $110 for the Linux Ubuntu edition but you can always pay an extra price tag of $149 to get it with Windows 8.1.
Potentially, the Intel Compute stick is capable of running Windows 10 operating system and we are sure that it will be made available as soon as the OS gets launched this summer. You can plug the stick into any display with a HDMI port and turn it into a computer. An USB keyboard or mouse will be required for inputs ,reported Liliputing.
In a short span of time, HDMI pocket computers have grew. The Asus Chromebit is a good example but it is to be seen how consumers find these products. If they could occupy a significant space, they are going to be the future just as tablets did.