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.