Compute Stick is Intel’s Answer to Google Chrome Bit

April 8, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google and Intel might be allies when it comes to luxury smartwatches, but things certainly heat up when treading the inner domain of computing technology.

A few days ago, Google whipped up the launch of Chrome Bit, a device that could turn your TVs into a personal computer. Now Intel has also entered the realm, with a device that could well stow their rival to the downside.


Named the Compute Stick, Intel’s HDMI Dongle offers the exact feature that Chrome Bit does; ushering in the computing experience to the hemmed space between your TV frames.

While Google brought in their devices priced at $100, Intel seems to be less riveted in having a brawl in terms of pricing. Their devices revolve around the $150 range, and even the least priced among those will have you pay $10 extra than the Chrome Bit.

But this, by no means, proves to be a concern. The reason for this price gap explains how Intel takes on Google features with robust functionality.

Intel has brought in two variants of their Compute Stick; the low priced one will have your TVs run on Linux OS, while the higher priced one will let you run through Windows OS in your TV.

Remember the money we paid to notch a license to run Windows OS? The sum alone is pretty close to the entire pricing of this device.

And that along with the following spec-sheet will let you know why the Compute Stick would prove a good buy.

The Windows version will pack a quad-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.33GHz speeds, and comes along with a RAM of 2 GB and a 32GB SSD.

The Linux version has got it cut down here in terms of RAM and storage, which are respectively 1GB and 8GB.

An external memory slot and USB slot may fulfill your call for a better storage, but not if you want to fill the device with HD stuff.

But maybe we could live with that; Compute Sticks intends to perform at dedicated platforms like businesses, schools where the aforementioned specs would seem well enough to serve the needs.

And even if you are getting one for your home, you will certainly not have plans to put your mainstream PC usage upon your TVs.

Intel is expecting to commence the shipment of this device by May 6th, for which the pre-orders have begun at various sites for various pricing.

Newegg brings the pre-orders at a price of $110 for the Linux version and $150 for the Windows version, while Amazon lists the devices at $130 for Linux and $180 for Windows.

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