Intel is now selling its new “ultra-slim computer” which is only slightly larger than a USB thumb drive, aptly named the “Intel Compute Stick”.
The Intel Compute Stick ushers in new and cheap ultra portable computing that will make your dumb high definition television super smart by plugging directly into the HDMI port powered by USB.
The Intel Compute Stick comes with Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing and, unlike some competitors, Windows is activated and fully licensed for you to use. The processor is a quad core Intel Atom Z3735F with 2Mb cache, up to 1.83GHz and using the 22nm process.
The stick comes with 2Gb of RAM, 32Gb of embedded storage, integrated WiFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel HD Audio and HDMI integrated graphics. Great news is Intel has also chosen not to install any bloatware whatsoever including only an optional, not already installed, 12 month subscription to McAfee antivirus.
Below is my unboxing video for the Intel Compute Stick.
Unboxing the Intel Compute Stick with Bing STCK1A32WFC
Once you have it up and running it is a great:
- turning your ordinary television (TV) into a Smart TV
- Plex client using Plex Home Theatre for Windows
- torrent client (making sure you have a VPN to protect your privacy)
- Netflix client (get the full United State’s Netflix library in your country by using either a smart DNS or VPN)
- for watching ABC iView, SBS, itv, BBC iPlayer and more from any country using a smart DNS.