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ED#201 : Intel Compute Stick - A Computer In The Palm Of Your Hands
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ED#201 : Intel Compute Stick - A Computer In The Palm Of Your Hands

At the recent Intel Intelligent Generations 2015 event, Intel officially launched the Intel Compute Stick, a miniature device that converts any HDMI TV or monitor into a fully-functional x86 computer! Amazingly, it only measures four inches long and fits in the palm of your hand.

Intel Compute Stick

Just plug the Compute Stick into any HDMI port, connect your wireless keyboard and mouse to it and you are ready to work, game or play media on it. Thanks to its built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, you can easily download or copy files into the Compute Stick. It also comes with a microSD slot to supplement the Compute Stick's internal storage.

Let's take a closer look...

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It Literally Fits The Palm Of Our Hands

At the event, Intel demoed the Compute Stick's capability and we were quite impressed by the usability of such a miniature PC. We also had some time to check out how small the Compute Stick really is. Take a look :

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Key Features

The Intel Compute Stick comes in two variants - one that runs on Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing, and another that runs on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. But both variants come with the same key hardware features, as shown below :

The Windows 8.1 model (STCK1A32WFC) comes with 2 GB of DDR3L memory and 32 GB of eMMC storage, and will retail for RM 599 (~US$ 169).

The Ubuntu model (STCK1A8LFC), on the other hand, comes with 1 GB of DDR3L memory and 8 GB of eMMC storage, and will retail for RM 499 (~US$ 139).


During our discussion with the Intel Rockstars, we were informed that the Intel Compute Stick draws 2 A of current, so you cannot power it up by plugging it into any USB port as they are usually limited to delivering just 1.5 A of current.

You must use the provided 10 W power adaptor, which delivers power at 5 V, 2 A. That said, they did successfully power it up using power banks of sufficient size, and the ability to deliver 2 A of current.

The low power consumption also means that you cannot plug in an external USB hard disk drive to the Intel Compute Stick to stream videos or copy out files. The 10 W of power is only enough to power the Compute Stick - it cannot spin up a HDD.

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Operating System

Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit)

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit)

System Memory

2 GB single-channel DDR3L memory
- 1333 MHz, 1.35 V, soldered

1 GB single-channel DDR3L memory
- 1333 MHz, 1.35 V, soldered

Flash Storage

32 GB eMMC storage (soldered)
Micro SDXC v3.0 slot (UHS-I support)

8 GB eMMC storage (soldered)
Micro SDXC v3.0 slot (UHS-I support)


Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor
- 1.33 GHz (1.83 GHz burst frequency) with 2 MB of L2 cache
- Supports Intel VT-x


Intel HD Graphics (311-646 MHz)
One HDMI 1.4a port

Peripheral Connectivity

Integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless connection
Integrated Bluetooth 4.0
One USB 2.0 port
One Micro SDXC slot


Intel HD Audio via HDMI
- supports multi-channel digital audio

Mechanical Chassis Size

103.4 mm long x 37.6 mm wide x 12.5 mm thick

Power Requirements

5 V, 2 A wall-mount AC/DC power adaptor

Operating Temperature

0 °C to + 35 °C

Storage Temperature

-20 °C to + 40 °C

Launch Price

RM 599 (~US$ 169)

RM 499 (~US$ 139)

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