While last year’s Intel Compute Stick offered a fantastically compact and inexpensive way to compute on the move, it wasn’t wholly successful with laggy performance holding back adoption.
Chip giant Intel look set to fix that in 2016 with the launch of the next generation Intel Compute Stick, powered by a choice of Intel Core m3 and Intel Core m5 processors. Both devices are supported by 64GB eMMC storage and 4GB on-board RAM, with three USB ports on offer.
They’re also available with optional Intel vPro technology onboard, allowing secure integration in business networks.
An Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad-core processor option, with 32GB eMMC storage and 2GB on-board RAM is also available for those on a budget. The Atom option includes two USB ports.
As before, the Intel Compute Stick plugs into an available HDMI port and power with a choice of Windows 10 onboard, or you can choose to roll your own flavour of Linux should you wish.
All include Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 networking with integrated Bluetooth for connecting peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.
Key Features (Intel Core M options):
- Intel Core M processor for blazing-fast speed
- SKU option with Intel® Core™ m5-6Y57 vPro™ processor to help protect data, user identities, and network access
- SKU option with Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30 processor
- SKU option with preinstalled Windows 10* for the latest user experience
- 64GB eMMC storage; 4GB on-board RAM
- Intel® Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 and Bluetooth* 4.1 lets you connect right out of the box
- Transform any HDMI display into a complete computer and work anywhere you want
- With three USB ports, you can attach the peripherals you need
Key Features (Intel Atom option):
- Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8300 quad-core processor
- SKU option with preinstalled Windows 10 for the latest user experience
- 32GB eMMC storage; 2GB on-board RAM
- Improved Intel® Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 and Bluetooth 4.0 with 2×2 antennas for seamless connections
- Transform any HDMI display into a fully functional computer and work anywhere
- Two USB ports so you can attach all your peripherals
Shipping in the first quarter of the year, the Intel Compute Stick with Intel Core m3 processor will be priced $399 with Windows 10, while the Intel Core m5 processor variant is $499 with no operating system. Yhe new Intel Compute Stick with Intel Atom processor is $159 with Windows 10 on board.