The Intel’s Compute Stick is a nifty dongle based computer with HDMI connector at one end and it can convert any TV or monitor with HDMI port into a PC. This snazzy little gadget was launched at CES 2015, and can run either Linux or Windows. Intel Compute Stick is all ready to be launched formally on April 24 and may finally arrive on shops by first week of May.
Meanwhile, some online retailers have already started accepting preorders for this dongle based PC. Currently, Amazon is listing Compute Stick (Quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid state storage) for $180, and Linux version with 1 GB RAM and 8GB ROM is up for grabs for $130. While, Newegg got the similar Windows based Compute Stick for $150 plus shipping charges.
The standard edition of Intel’s Compute Stick has Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of onboard RAM, and 32GB of storage. Intel’s Compute Stick competes head on with Google’s Chrome OS based Chromebit HDMI dongle PC. Google’s Chromebit offers similar functionality for below $100 and the prices are predicted to fall further. Seems like Chromebit may give Compute Stick a good run for its money!
In January, when Intel showcased Compute Stick at CES, it had announced that Windows 8.1 version of the device would retail for $149 and the Linux one would be made available for $89.
It appears that Linux version of the Compute Stick may come with Ubuntu 14.04. Intel or say Google aren’t the first to make such dongle based PC’s. In fact, for long Chinese companies have been manufacturing such sticks with ARM processor and Android OS. Since last few months, some of these Chinese firms have come up with models with Windows 8.1 and Intel Atom processor.
Making Compute Stick work is very simple and it is as simple as plug and play. Simply plug it in any TV’s or any monitor’s HDMI port and switch it on. Once it boots up, either of the OS will be up and running (depending upon the version you choose). Simply pairing a bluetooth keyboard and mouse will give you a much better experience.