Intel Puts a Computer in a Flash disk – Meet the Intel Compute Stick

Do you find your TV screen too boring? Have you ever dreamt of extending its functionality without spending a fortune? Are you tired of having to pack a laptop or tab every time you move from your desk? Well, worry no more. Intel got you covered with its Compute Stick.

This next generation computer-on-a-stick technology features a fully functional computer crammed into a power efficient stick that is not more than 4 inches long.

Do not underestimate its capabilities just because it is small. Inside that USB memory stick like cover is a purebred Quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and a modest 32GB of internal storage.

With built-in wireless connectivity, this small yet powerful device will convert any screen it latches to into a productive and powerful computing device. It might not be as powerful as a thoroughbred core i7 PC but it will definitely pack enough a punch for the most basic processing, streaming and productivity tasks.

Even though Intel is yet to say how long this baby will stay without charging, its mini-USB charging connector will prove efficient now that most of the screens in the market come with one or two USB ports.

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity will come in handy when connecting peripheral devices like a mouse and a keyboard. Moreover, a simple connection to a Wi-Fi network will not only let you read the mail but it will also give your living room TV an adrenaline overdrive by plunging it straight into the world of online TV and movie streaming sites.

The 2GB RAM version will come with a Windows 8.1 OS meaning you can also use your favorite Windows apps here. You will have to part with around $150 to secure this USB stick computer. A Linux version with 1GB RAM/8GB internal memory will retail at $89.

Did I mention that it has a microSD slot for memory expansion? Well, forgive my excitement. It does have the port. With SanDisk already offering a 200GB microSD card, I don’t see any reason to complain on the internal memory.

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