Looking for a dongle which can turn anything with an HDMI port into a full-fledged Windows computer, then here is that what you’re right after. Intel marks its place in the personal computing industry with its announcement of the Compute Stick; an HDMI dongle that can eventually turn any modern monitor (or TV) into a fully equipped PC. The product was actually announced a while back, but wasn’t clear when it will be available. Finally, now it’s gone up for pre-order, from a couple of reputable online retailers, albiet with a catch. More details on the Intel Compute Stick can be found here.
Context here is that, Intel announced two versions of the Compute Stick; one with full blown Windows 8.1 as its onboard operating system, whereas the other comes with built-in Ubuntu (Linux) and a reduced price. Amazon is offering both right now for pre-order, with an in-stock date of May 6th. If you prder it now, the Windows version of the Compute Stick will set you back by $180 plus shipping, which is almost $30 extra cost than Intel’s retail price. The Linux-based Compute Stick will go with a price higher than you expect from your budget (when compared to the device’s official retail rate), as Amazon has it listed for $130 plus shipping, as opposed to be suggested retail price of $89. Unfair though, that’s the case with early adopters for many tech gadgets these days.
Another retailer called Newegg, has also listed the Windows version of Intel’s Compute Stick for $150 (no premium here), but the caveat is tht fact that they have no estimated delivery date clarified yet. Now what?
For $150, you are going to get a computer which you can freely use with a display as large as your monitor ot LED TV, and decent specs for every day tasks. Intels’ move into the dongle-PC space initiative is a great news for text enthusiasts the world over, especially when considering the price point and the capabilities of the device under 150 USD, which it includes a microSD card slot and a full-sized USB 2.0 port. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory. Connectivity includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 for peripheral and HID connections, and, naturally, an HDMI port.
Finally, you will get full Windows 8.1 with the Windows version, resulting in a configuration that should suffice for most people’s needs.
Trending news regarding a computer on a dongle is something that is gaining traction in the market these days, recently, we witnessed Google announcing Chromebit by Asus, which ships in summer, and just like the Intel’s Compute Stick, turns any HDMI capable display into a fully-functioning computer. I bet this will make the tech world so popular beyond their expectations, and could see an Mac Compute HDMI Stick in the upcoming future.
Intel Compute Stick Specifications:
- CPU: Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3735F
- PMIC: Dollar Cove AXP288
- Memory: 2GB DDR3L
- Storage: eMMC 16GB/32GB/64GB
- Expandable Storage: Micro SD Card Slot
- Display: HDMI (Male connector)
- Wifi: IEEE 802. 11 bgn
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 HS uART (Singel Wifi/Bluetooth combo chip)
- Antenna: 30mm x 6.5mm x 2 mm, U shape dipole antenna
- USB: USB2.0 cut type A x 1
- Power Input: Micro-USB 2.0 B connector
- Power Button: Yes
- Adaptor: 10W(5V/2A)
- BIOS: 2MB
- LED Indication: Power Status Indicator
- OS: Windows (Win 8.1 with Bing, 32bit)
- Asscessory: 20cm HDMI cable (optional)
- Dimension: 110.9mm x 38mm x 9.8 mm (HDMI connector inlcuded)
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