We have talked about miniature desktop computers several times, and we even tested some of them. Another device that reminds us that we will soon carry extremely powerful desktop computers in our pockets is the Intel Compute Stick. It is still not about extreme force, but for the basics tasks this slightly larger USB stick is more than enough.
To understand the concept that Intel Compute Stick is representing, it is necessary to immediately point out that except in size, this is not an unique device. Intel Atom processor with speed of 1.3 gigahertz and quad-core is certainly not an impressive feature, as it is not 2 gigabytes of memory and 32 gigabytes of flash memory for data. Bluetooth 4 wireless “n”, HDMI and one USB port practically end hardware specification. However, that is not the point of this tiny computer.
The point is tahat you can use it in two ways. First, with the help of it each screen with HDMI input you can convert into a Windows or Linux computer. It is interesting in terms of small size, because a tiny computer can be hidden behind a monitor or a TV.
The matter becomes even more interesting when you realize that the computer can be carried in your pocket and practically any place with a computer monitor or TV can be converted into the workplace. Of course, laptops have been used for this purpose for years, but Intel Compute Stick is significantly smaller than any laptop, and significantly cheaper. Given that we are in the 21st century, and the computer monitor can be found in almost every local store, this idea becomes quite feasible. Of course, it is necessary to resolve the question of the keyboard and mouse, but let’s not split hairs,after all, this is more a conceptual solution that is yet to receive the support of other manufacturers. If you have not heard, Google has something similar and it is called ChromeBit.
As for the Intel Computer Stick, here are some of our observations. First of all, the device has probably the smallest computer fan that we have ever seen. Only one USB port is the biggest drawback, though it is easily corrected with a USB hub or some wireless mouse and keyboard set. Although the device is powered from a standard USB port, it is necessary that it is a USB 3.0 port, although even then you are not 100% sure that everything will work properly. Therefore, it is our recommendation to make sure you use the USB adapter.
Intel Compute Stick comes with Windows 8.1, which with the Atom processor makes very useful combination for those basic tasks like surfing the Internet, playing high-definition videos and simpler processing of documents. Upgrade to Windows 10 is certainly an option that we recommend, since the latest Microsoft operating system works faster and takes less space. There is also an option with Ubuntu Linux, which has only one gigabyte of memory, and even less space to record the data, but also the price is even lower.
In any case, Intel Compute Stick is a very interesting little device which today already has a usable value, and as time goes on, it will only grow more and more.