Chromecast are so 2014. This is why Intel has unveiled a new ‘stick’ device at CES 2015, which is a lot more than just a streaming device. Say hello to Intel’s Compute Stick, a Chromecast like device that you can plug in to HDMI port of your TV/monitor and then use it as a full fledged desktop computer.
Compute Stick is available in both Linux and Windows versions. Linux version of it has a lower price tag of $89 than that of Windows one which is priced at $149. But lower price comes with lower hardware configuration for Linux version.
Hardware specifications of Compute Stick
If you look at the hardware specifications of Compute Stick, it can be compared to that of a standard tablet hardware. It comprises of an quad-core Atom Z3735F processor. The RAM would be 1 GB for Linux and 2 GB for Windows. It has most of the standard connectivity with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, one HDMI port and one USB port. There is a micro USB port also for power input.
The on device storage is 32 GB for Windows and 16 GB for Linux. Don’t despair, there is also an additional microSD card slot for your storage need. A quick summary of the Compute Stick hardware specification is as following:
- Quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F
- 1GB RAM (Linux), 2GB RAM (Windows)
- 16 GB (Linux), 32 GB (Windows)
- 1 HDMI out
- 1 USB 2.0 port
- 1 micro USB port
- 1 microSD slot
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.0
Worth a try?
Well it depends how much you value $89 (and additional cost of Wireless keyboard and mouse, perhaps). I have little doubt that Compute Stick really does not intend to replace your desktop Linux. It’s for the hobbyists and DIYers who would like to have a “more powerful Chromecast”. If I have to give myself a reason for buying Compute Stick, I would use it to replace my Raspberry Pi media server with it.
What would be your reason for buying Compute Stick, or for not buying it?