Meet the World’s Smallest PC: The Compute Stick

  • April 29, 2015
  • Computer News

Intel Compute Stick boxAs computers decrease in size, Intel introduced the world to the smallest PC—the Compute Stick. At the time of publication, Compute Sticks with the Windows 8.1 operating system will cost $150 and those with Linux are $110. Reports state that the USB dongle will be for sell at the end of April 2015 or the beginning of the following month. Ask your local computer repair store to learn about where to find them and the official release date.

How to Use the Mini Computer

The Compute Stick is a basic computer that will allow you browse the Internet, check email and watch streaming videos with apps like Netflix and Hulu. Portland computer repair experts state that you use the Compute Stick by plugging it into a computer monitor or into a television with HDMI. The stick has a full-sized USB port and Bluetooth 4.0 so you can connect a mouse and keyboard.

Compute Stick Specs

  • Processor: Intel quad-core
  • RAM: 2 gigabytes
  • Storage: 32 gigabytes
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n

The Mini Computer Trend

Intel isn’t the first company to come out with a plug-and-play computer on a stick. Previous models included those with ARM processors and Android software. You’ll also find those that have Windows 8.1 and Intel Atom processors. Computer repair specialists point out that the main difference between those sticks and the Intel Compute Stick is that Intel is backing its model and offering official support for it.

Google and ASUS are also in on the small-computer trend with their own version of a miniature computer. The two companies collaborated to create the ASUS Chromebit, a computer that’s the size of a USB memory stick. The Chromebit is a full computing device with a Chrome operating system, Rockchip quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

The latest miniature computers give a new meaning to portable computers. They’re sure to revolutionize the computer repair industry. There’s no word yet about the manufacturing of miniature screens that consumers can use with the small computers for travel purposes. To find out more about the Compute Stick or the Chromebit, or learn if mini computers right for you, get in touch with a Portland computer repair store staff member at Happy Hamster.


[Photo by: Dave Taylor via CC License]


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