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  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 9/7/2016

    Good: Class-leading performance, Light, compact design, Includes Windows 10, Plugs directly into an HDMI port on a monitor or TV, Plentiful memory and storage, Equipped with lots of expansion and connectivity options, including three USB 3,0 ports, Three-year w...

    Bad: Only one USB-C port, USB mouse and keyboard are required for initial wireless setup

    Powered by a Core m3 processor, the Intel Compute Stick excels as a fully functional PC that fits in your pocket and can use a TV as a display...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 8/29/2016

    I think that the Intel Compute Stick is damn impressive. The most difficult thing for me – when trying to review it – is imagining who this device is for. It's a little too expensive and less user-friendly when trying to justify using it as an alternative...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 8/19/2016

    Good: Tiny form factor, Enough performance and ports to serve as a mainstream productivity PC

    Bad: Expensive for what you get, Form factor is limiting, Port placement on power brick is clever, but implementation is cumbersome

    Intel's Core m3-packing Compute Stick gets outfitted with extra RAM, storage, and CPU power, making it a machine you might want to actually use for more than basic productivity and media playback. But at close to $400, it only makes sense if you truly ne...

  • Good: A decent multipurpose PC in a tiny package, Bloat-free Windows 10, USB Type-C adapter also doubles as a USB hub, improving the stick's versatility, Relatively respectable performance and power consumption, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is a big improveme...

    Bad: Core m3 in a small stick is slower than it is in a laptop, Stick gets hot and fan gets loud, Lack of expandability relative to other desktops, even the NUC

    Some heat, some noiseBoth of the Atom Compute Sticks get a little warm and have small buzzy fans that spin up when you're pushing them, but both are pretty subtle; those Atom chips were made for fanless tablets, and their heat output is relatively minimal...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 7/11/2016

    Good: This upgraded Intel Compute Stick has a faster Core m3 processor and extra USB ports on its power brick

    Bad: It's much more expensive than the original Atom versions, and loses one USB port on the stick itself. Onboard storage is minimal

    The latest Intel Compute Stick takes a big leap forward in power -- and price -- while still being capable of turning any TV into a PC when not traveling in your pocket...

  • The host application comes pre-installed on the Compute Stick and is active at startup as a service. Therefore, one can use it to even enter credentials for system login. It allows the second screen keyboard to act as the primary keyboard for the Compute...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 3/31/2016

    Good: Incredibly small form factor, Becomes preloaded with Windows 10, Low power consumption, An actual full-fledged PC able to do basic computer tasks, Intel made improvements over the 1st generation Compute Stick

    Bad: 2GB of memory limits it, If looking for a streaming device others are cheaper

    Compared to the 1st generation Compute Stick Intel has made some great improvements. First you get a better processor, the Intel Atom x5-Z8300. Intel has also added a second USB port, this time a USB 3.0 port. Having a second port is great. This means you...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 2/19/2016

    Good: Incredibly affordable Windows PC, Improves on previous generation with addition of a second USB port, Highly portable

    Bad: Slower performance, Limited utility

    For $159, the Intel Compute Stick is a pretty good deal. You get a full license for Windows 10 Home and a PC that's ready to go out of the box—just add a display, a mouse, and a keyboard to get started. And unlike Google's stick computing product, the Asu...

  • There's no shortage of devices that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream internet video. You can use a Roku Streaming Stick, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Chromecast.At first glance, Intel's Compute Stick looks a lot like those media strea...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 1/22/2016

    Good: Dual USB Port, 4K outpu, Runs Windows 10 on a stic, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

    Bad: Modest performanc, Mediocre storage spee, More expensive than competitors

    The second-generation Intel Compute Stick with "Cherry Trail" Atom processor provides just enough power to be used as a home theater PC, a local server or a portable lightweight desktop. However, the device's main selling point is not its performance, but...

  • Good: Powerful enough for most computing tasks, Inexpensive, Very portable

    Bad: 2GB of RAM limits multi-tasking, Still needs to be plugged into an AC adapter

    Intel's new Compute Stick bundles just about everything you'd need for a basic computer into a compact, inexpensive package.And unlike its predecessor, it works...

  • Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer...

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Technical Specifications

Processor

Audio

  • Y

    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.

Design

  • Black

Intel Technologies

  • Y
  • Y

    Leading-Edge Security for an Unwired Workplace
    The capabilities of Intel® vPro™ technology help IT leadership protect cloud and virtual environments from rootkits and malware threats while ensuring that their organization can keep up with workforce demands. Hardware-based features support centralized image management and administration, secure network storage, and out-of-band protection.

  • Y

    Solutions to Help You Focus on Your Small Business
    Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA) helps small businesses without a managed network manage security and productivity issues. This solution helps maintain and protect PCs automatically so that you can focus on running your business.

  • Y

    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.

Memory

  • 4096 MB
  • LPDDR3
  • 1866 MHz

Networking

  • Y
  • 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • No

Storage

  • eMMC

Weight & Dimensions

  • 114 mm
  • 38 mm
  • 12 mm
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