PC on a stick? or you call it Computer on a stick? Few years ago when you thought about computer, your mind would have drawn a big traditional computer with tower/cabinet. Now you can get the computer in pen drive size, that can connect to your existing TV.
Recently, Intel has launched Compute Stick, which is available on Flipkart for under Rs.10k. It looks like a dongle and it can make any TV to smart TV. It comes loaded with Windows 8.1 with 2GB RAM, Intel Atom Z3735F Quad Core CPU processor, Intel HD graphics and 32GB eMC inbuilt memory.
Intel Compute Stick Specification
- Windows 8.1 with Bing
- Quad Core Intel Atom Processor
- 2 GB DDR3 RAM
- 32 GB eMMC 2 Storage
- Intel HD Graphics
- HDMI 1.4a port
For the specifications mentioned above, you can experience computer on your existing TV or monitor by connecting it to the HDMI port. Intel has also launched Linux based version with lower specification 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. Ubuntu version will also be coming soon but no further information has been given about availability and price yet.
In terms of connectivity, if offers WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 port. It works just like plug and play. Just plug the Stick to your TV/Monitor and you are done. There are few more products that offer same features and functionality and Intel has entered in this segment slightly late. Since this technology/product is not yet famous other players would enter in future as this market becomes popular.
Some other alternatives to Intel’s Compute Stick:
- Lenovo IdeaCenter Stick 300
- iBall Splendo
- Google Chromecast
- Asus Pen Stick
Conclusion: If you really want to play around this new PC on a stick, you can go ahead and buy the Stick but don’t expect it to perform like real computers as it will fail on your expectation. Use it for making your TV smart or occasionally internet browsing or little computer like usage.