Intel Compute Stick Review : Niche Product But Under-Equipped
Intel’s new Compute Stick is a computer on a stick! Using one of its Atom processors, Intel succeeded to stuff everything a fully functional PC needs in something the size of a chewing gum packet. All you require to get it going is to plug it into a display that has an HDMI port, connect it to power and attach your accessories. It announces a new age of computing, one where you can turn any display into a standby-desktop in a few minutes. Let’s check out more about the Compute Stick.
Intel clearly did not invest time on the Compute Stick’s design. It’s a plastic, rectangular black stick that’s simply uninteresting. Aside from a plain, white Intel logo, the only bit of style it has are vents. Further than that, you have got one full-sized USB port for your accessories; a micro-USB port that connects to the AC adapter; a micro SD card slot and a power button with a lone blue power LED. While it’s small, it’s not slim, it’s about the size of four typical USB sticks put together. The Compute Stick is decently useful, although its lack of being non-flashy, it probably will not matter much since it’s mainly going to be stuck behind a TV or monitor.
Setup and performance
If you pay close attention, you will notice that there’s one major flaw with the Compute Stick’s design: It only has one USB port! Intel assumes you will use our own USB hub to get a keyboard, mouse and other accessories connected. But if you don’t have one handy, it can really mess up the entire setup process.
The Compute Stick handles the basic workflow like browsing the web, chatting with coworkers and friends or clients and editing images occasionally but it was too slow for comfort. It is not meant for heavy usage, or for playing games. It might be useful if you are simply looking for a slim media computer for your modest house.
Another potential problem is the Compute Stick’s lack of speakers or headphone jack. If you plan on watching TV shows or listening to music through it, but don’t have a TV to hand, make sure your monitor has integral speakers or a headphone jack.
The Windows version of the Compute Stick version has 32GB of inbuilt storage, while the Ubuntu version jams in just 8GB. Luckily, both can be increased with a little extra space for your files, via the microSD card slot.
The Intel Compute Stick is stimulating, but it’s more of an idea than a complete product. It lacks an attention-grabbing design, also in every other feature, the Compute Stick is somewhat imperfect. Performance is restricted, while the setup process and general use is poorly affected by the lack of a secondary USB slot. You also have to confirm the screen you plug it into has its own speakers.
by techtalks @TechTalks August 10, 2015 5:40 AM UTC