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It’s very exciting to see technology advance and making all our information available at our finger tips. The Intel Compute stick is taking it one step further. This little stick (about the size of a USB drive) plugs into any HDMI monitor or television and turns it into your computer.
The specs from Intel for this Compute stick include quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, Intel® HD Graphics, integrated Wi-Fi* and Bluetooth* technologies, 32 GB storage, 2 GB memory, a USB 2.0 port, and a Micro SD card reader.
The device allows simple computing. You can easily run Office. The 2GB of RAM will limit heavy multi-tasking. You can also stream 1080p video with no problems.
If you are looking to make a home theater PC, something you can stream YouTube, Netflix or even your own movies, this is a great option. You can also surf the web on your TV as it runs a full version of windows.
Will this device replace computers? The reviews are mixed. Cnet.com gives it a 6/10 - their bottom line says: This inexpensive PC is an exciting experiment, but the tablet hardware can't quite keep up with Intel's vision of a mini-PC.
We are testing these out as an option to access our cloud service to see if they can replace office devices. If they work well we could see the end of PC repairs, because if it breaks just ship a new one, plug it in and you are ready to work again.
Pcworld.com gives it a 3.5/5. Although it sounds like a great tool to travel with, you still need a mouse and keyboard and access to an HDMI television.
If you have any questions on the stick, give us call and we would be happy to answer them.