Intel has announced compute stick in this weeks Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. It’s a HDMI dongle which looks like Google’s Chromecast but instead of streaming Videos it will convert HDMI TV or monitor in to full-fledged Linux or Windows desktop. Intel says a version for the device running Windows 8.1 will cost $149 and arrive by the end of the first quarter. It plans to offer a Linux-based version for $89.
With quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of solid state storage, it’s not a powerful computer. But it provides WiFi, bluetooth connectivity, USB port and MicroSD for expanding storage. If you are not in to gaming and use computer for occasional internet browsing and Movies then it will suite your needs.
Priced at around $150, it will find its market in small business, schools and those who looking for super cheap computers. Now all you need is a HDMI enabled monitor and few peripherals with this HDMI dongle to get a Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu desktop system.