Computer technology products that are a snap to install, powerful enough to plow through active or passive applications, stream high quality video and which are easily integrated on my home network make my day.
Intel’s new Compute Stick, which is available from consumer technology stores such as Frys.com. or from Amazon qualify.
the Intel Compute stick is a small device designed to connect to a TV or monitor using those devices’ HDMI port. the Compute Stick is literally a computer on a stick. the Intel 1.83 GHz Atom processor, 3GB of memory, and a single USB port as well as one MicroSD slot are mounted inside the stick, its core logic on provides Bluetooth, 802.11 WiFi, the video subsection of the Compute Stick is designed to drive external monitors as well as any television that has a HDMI connector.. comes with basic core logic (video, bluetooth, and all the current versions of 802.11 WiFI. Power for the device comes from an AC adapter thT plugs into a micro USB port on the side of the device
DOn't expect home theater quality graphic when the Compute Stick is driving a flat panel display or a 3 inch monitor. its video logic leaves a lot to be desired, but its good enough for YouTube streaming video, email and other simple tasks.
I paid $148 for mine at the local Frys. The device is powered by Windows 8.1. but I think this could be a good starter platform for beginning Linux users.
I wanted to use the Intel Compute Stick to add basic computing to the living space i built for my mother about ten years ago. Two years ago, my mother moved out of body and I’ve not been in much of a hurry to buy and install desktop battle station for the now unused room.. However later this summer, I’m expecting a lot of company who will use Mom’s place while they stay here.
I believe the Compute Stick can do a better than average job of turning the 27-inch television in this space into a good email terminal, and as an above average platform for streaming video.
Although the unboxing and initial setup experience for the Intel Compute Stick was far better than I expected, I do have some general comments that may improve the individual user experience. First, I did not attach the Compute Stick directly to the HDMI port on the back of my spare television. I felt hiding the device behind the television could affect the performance of some bluetooth peripherals like my Sony headphones, so I added a four foot HDMI cable to the installation and put the Compute Stick so that I had a clear line of sight between the Stick and the recliner that visually dominates the space, which sets 16 feet from the television stand.
Another thing I did to make this easier to use was to put my Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse on a lap desk that fits over the sides of the recliner.
802.11 peripheral performance is very good, plus I have a wicked fast, persistent, high speed wireless connection throughout my house.
Compared to conventional video performance of most computers-- including Atom-powered tablets, I found the video component of this device to be only adequate. However adequate in this case is good enough to provide an acceptable streaming and other video entertainment experience.
Intel’s Compute Stick is a mass market device and at less than $175, it could be a smart choice for anyone who wants to add basic computing functions to an HDMI-equipped monitor or LCD television in the home, without the hassle of buying a new desktop or notebook .
If tweets from manufacturers such as Lenovo are any indication, you can expect to see several of the largest portable makers jump on Compute Stick bandwagon with versions of the same platform enhanced by greater functionality.