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  • 10 0
    7.2

    Date: 3/9/2016

    Good: Super portable, Plugs into any display with an HDMI port, Runs full Windows 10 Home

    Bad: 2GB of RAM limits multitasking, 32GB of built-in storage, Can create a mess of wires

    More times than not, the Verge score is based on the average of the subscores below. However, since this is a non-weighted average, we reserve the right to tweak the overall score if we feel it doesn't reflect our overall assessment and price of the produ...

  • Good: Wireless performance is much better than the first model, Cherry Trail's CPU and GPU aren't bad for something this small and cheap, At $159, it's competitive with high-end streaming boxes like the Apple TV or Roku 4, Two USB ports and longer power cord sh...

    Bad: Fan is a little annoying, First-time setup still requires a wired keyboard or mouse until you can pair a Bluetooth peripheral or the Remote Keyboard app, Bluetooth range is limited, which can be a problem if you're trying to use it with a TV

    If you wanted to buy the first Compute Stick but were put off by the various wireless and setup problems reviewers had with it, the good news is that this model is much better. Jumping from barebones 2.4GHz Wi-Fi to the same 802.11ac adapter you get in hi...

  • At $149 (trending down) this is an interesting Windows 8.1 PC but when you know it weighs just 54 grams / 0.116 pounds it becomes a bit of an eye opener. The Intel Compute Stick, and its branded variants, are starting to become available in the market and...

  • “The Compute Stick from Intel is an innovative device that may not be for everybody, but still stands out for what it brings”Our smartphones these days have become so powerful that it wouldn't be wrong to call them mini PCs, but with the Compute Stick, In...

  • 10 0
    7.9

    Date: 6/5/2015

    The Intel Compute Stick is one of the more innovative devices of 2015 – if not the best. There are no surprises here – the Intel Compute Stick is what it is: a small footprint, low-power, great value PC. To say it's a “prototype” or a “beta” devic...

  • 10 0
    6.8

    Date: 5/30/2015

    Good: Inexpensive, Works well for light tasks, Very portable

    Bad: Slows down quickly, Only one USB port, Less useful than inexpensive laptops

    The Compute Stick is proof that Intel can cram all the hardware you need for a PC into a portable stick, but it's far too limited for most...

  • 10 0
    6

    Date: 5/5/2015

    Good: The Intel Compute Stick excels as a media streaming, Web-browsing machine, and it's a $150 PC that can fit into your pocket

    Bad: The tablet-grade performance isn't suitable for heavy tasks, and spotty Bluetooth connectivity limit this PC's functionality

    This inexpensive PC is an exciting experiment, but the tablet hardware can't quite keep up with Intel's vision of a mini-PC....

  • The Compute Stick could do with some improvements for the scenarios in the left column Traditional PCs have a different use-case compared to PC-like embedded systems and that brings us to the first problem in the Compute Stick we reviewed: 32 GB, simply...

  • Good: Good for basic web browsing, microSD card slot for storage expansion, Built-in Bluetooth

    Bad: Keyboard and mouse not included, Annoying set-up process, Not powerful enough for serious multitasking, HDMI dongle needed to fit into many displays, Slower USB 2.0 port, Slow Wi-Fi

    The Intel Compute Stick is a neat way to turn any HDMI-equipped screen into a Windows 8.1 PC, but it's not worth the hassle...

  • Good: Adds limited computing power to your TV/display, Bluetooth, Small-size means easy to hide behind the TV, Decent video play and storage speed

    Bad: Only one USB 2.0 port, Slow Wi-Fi networking, Accessorizing adds to final price, Resource restrictive

    The Compute Stick can add some computing functions to your video display, but by itself, it's very limited. Accessorizing it might help make it a little better, but you'll still be a long way from using your TV as a full blown PC...

  • Good: Tiny size, great price, works with any HTML display, Windows or Linux configuration

    Bad: Usually needs external power, can be slow with several apps working at once, runs hot

    Deliveries of the Intel Compute Stick are expected to start in June and pre-orders are available. The Windows version I looked at will sell for $150. For Linux aficionados, a model loaded with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be available for about $110; it will hav...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 4/22/2015

    Good: Full-Windows, preconfigured PC in amazingly small form factor, USB and micro-USB ports, Includes MicroSD slot, $149 price includes Windows license

    Bad: Only one USB port usable for connecting peripherals, Zotac's Zbox Pico PI320, at $199, delivers more connectivity and is only slightly bigger

    An amazingly small, fully configured Windows 8.1 system, the Compute Stick is an excellent value as an HDTV streamer, a light-duty productivity PC, and more. Read More…...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 4/22/2015

    Good: A full Windows PC for $150. As small and light as a candy bar. Plugs directly into an HDMI port in a monitor or HDTV. Can add storage via microSD. Has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Quiet.

    Bad: Just 19GB of storage available. Only one USB port. Incompatible with some USB 3.0 hard drives. Need a USB mouse to initially set up Bluetooth devices. Requires included HDMI extension cable in tight quarters

    The Intel Compute Stick is a full Windows PC that fits in the palm of your hand and can be used with any HDMI-equipped display. It's $150, easy to set up, and is the most portable computer you can buy....

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 4/22/2015

    Good: Smallest Windows PC Solid multitasking Powered over microUSB Can drive multiple displays

    Bad: Short Wi-Fi range No WiDi support

    The Intel Compute stick is the smallest full-fledged Windows PC you can buy, and it’s quite capable for the price....

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 4/22/2015

    Good: It's a fullfledged Windows 8.1 PC, ultra small, does Steam Home Streaming well.

    Bad: 2GB of RAM hurts performance, smartphone CPUs are more powerful, Windows 8.1 adds overhead

    When Intel announced the Compute Stick earlier this year at CES, we were excited. There are a handful of devices already on the market that get content onto your TV. Amazon's Fire Stick and Google's Chromecast are both competent devices, and then there ar...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 4/22/2015

    Good: Make your so-called Smart TV actually smart, Ships with Windows 8.1 Bing

    Bad: Only 32GB of storage, Will need to bring keyboard and mouse to use

    Is Intel's Compute Stick a solution looking for a problem, or is this PC the size of a USB stick a solution to a problem you didn't you know you had?You know, like dude, I can't stand my so-called smart TV's pathetic browser and horrible remote control in...

  • I'm all for progress. Moore's Law and I go way back, and I've eagerly chronicled its progress and consequences over the years. But I have to admit that, every so often, I kinda feel like past me has been punked by the passage of time. That's the feeling I...

  • Good: I love that the Compute Stick can be powered solely by the USB port on my TV. I expected it to need more power, but it doesn't. One less plug in my entertainment center's rat nest, Advertisement, I've been looking for a low-power, lightweight device to us...

    Bad: You would think a computer expressly designed to plug into a TV would have an option for overscan correction, yes? You'd be wrong—the Compute Stick doesn't support that at all. The dongle worked fine on my TV, but my on my friend's 80-inch projection TV—o...

    No.The Compute Stick is a good idea at what would be a decent price if it did a good job. But this stick just has too many problems. It’s hard to set up and use. It’s not very powerful. It has weird connectivity issues. It’s not even all that portable: ye...

  • Good: Tiny Form Factor, Affordable, Quiet, LowPower, Ready To Use With OS Out Of The Box (after selecting region, etc.)

    Bad: No 802.11ac WiFi, Only 1 USB Port, Low Performance

    Find The Intel Compute Stick @ Amazon.ComThe Windows-based version of the Compute Stick with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage we looked at here (model STCK1A32WFC), will have a street price hovering around the $149 mark. The Ubuntu version (model STCK1A8LFC...

  • The Intel Compute Stick is a desktop computer that's so small it doesn't have to sit on your desk at all. Just plug the HDMI connector into a TV or monitor, connect a power source, and you can basically turn any display into a fully functional PC.Intel un...

  • Good: Form factor, Power consumption, Good Netflix box

    Bad: Refresh rate accuracy, Video rendering performance

    I must admit that even though that this iteration of the Intel Compute Stick will not meet the demands of requiring HTPC users, and the Intel BayTrail NUC is a better value if you don't need a Windows license, I still love the concept. There is just some...

  • As the Intel Compute Stick launches, it will quickly become one of the most cost efficient and capable ways to integrate a Windows 8.1 PC in the world. Powered by a quad-core Bay Trail processor, the Compute Stick has a surprising amount of horsepower to...

  • Intel wants to help you turn any TV into a Windows PC, for the low cost of $149. All it takes is a little stick, much like the much-loved Google Chromecast . Meet the all-new Intel Compute Stick .The Compute Stick is essentially a complete PC, but in the ...

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Audio

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    Integrated Audio for Today and Tomorrow
    A new specification for integrated audio, Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) delivers the features and high-end performance of an add-in audio card while playing back more channels with improved quality. Intel HD Audio provides high-quality multi-channel audio experiences with new encoding and decoding algorithms to enhance the listening experience.

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    A new specification for integrated audio, Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) delivers the features and high-end performance of an add-in audio card while playing back more channels with improved quality. Intel HD Audio provides high-quality multi-channel audio experiences with new encoding and decoding algorithms to enhance the listening experience.

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  • 1024 MB
  • 1333 MHz

Networking

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  • 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

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