The Intel Compute Stick is actually a PC that comes into a tiny package. This little PC can be plugged into a HDMI port, giving users a full Windows 8 PC anywhere. The new device will be available soon and it will cost approximately 150 dollars.
However, customers should be aware that this device will not be able to make heavy image or video editing or allow them to play powerful games on the lightweight Atom processor, which is usually found in Intel-based tablets.
The Compute Stick needs to be plugged in to power via its Micro-USB port, meaning that owners can hook it up everywhere. Moreover, it has a great streaming video performance, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and comes into a compact size with a low price.
This device is a great deal for those who are looking for a pocketable PC. Compared with Chromecast, the Compute Stick is a little bigger and can be plugged into a monitor or TV via an HDMI port. It is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHZ Intel Atom Z3735F processor, accompanied by 2GB of Ram and features 32GB of storage space.
It seems to have a microSD card slot on the side which can go up to 128GB cards, meaning that this stick has plenty of room to maneuver. There is also a USB port for external devices or a USB key available. It also features a Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity built-in.
There are not so many Pc-on-a-sticks on the market, but the Asus Chromebit seems to be interesting. It is cheaper than the Compute Stick, costing approximately 100 dollars and runs Chrome OS instead of Windows. The best thing about Asus Cromebit is that is has a hinged design, allowing it to fit easier in tighter spaces.
However, the videos on Compute Stick are streaming 1080p over Netflix and YouTube and they are working flawlessly. As for gaming, the list is a little limited, but games such as Minecraft and Halo Spartan Assault will work. The gaming PC will offer a smoother experience, but unfortunately, it doesn’t fit in the pocket.