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Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick
alaScore 95

307 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 307 reviews of Intel Compute Stick. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The size is also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Intel Compute Stick is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Intel Compute Stick

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Intel Compute Stick from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Tuan Nguyen (maximumpc.com)

Intel Compute Stick Review

 

When Intel announced the Compute Stick earlier this year at CES, we were excited. There are a handful of devices already on the market that get content onto your TV. Amazon's Fire Stick and Google's Chromecast are both competent devices, and then there...

Apr, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Intel Compute Stick (Core m3)

 

Powered by a Core m3 processor, the Intel Compute Stick excels as a fully functional PC that fits in your pocket and can use a TV as a display.

Class-leading performance. Light, compact design. Includes Windows 10. Plugs directly into an HDMI port on a monitor or TV. Plentiful memory and storage. Equipped with lots of expansion and connectivity options, including three USB 3.0 ports....

Only one USB-C port. USB mouse and keyboard are required for initial wireless setup.

Performance and Conclusion Here we come to the real justification for this updated model: better performance. The Compute Stick might be made of parts that sip electricity, but its Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor helped it run the board on our benchmark...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Intel Compute Stick (Core m3) review

 

The Intel Compute Stick was a revolutionary product when first introduced in 2014 . It put a full Windows 8 (later Windows 10 ) PC powered by an Intel Atom processor into a body not much larger than a USB key, all for a remarkable price of around $150...

This upgraded Intel Compute Stick has a faster Core m3 processor and extra USB ports on its power brick.

It's much more expensive than the original Atom versions, and loses one USB port on the stick itself. Onboard storage is minimal.

The latest Intel Compute Stick takes a big leap forward in power -- and price -- while still being capable of turning any TV into a PC when not traveling in your pocket.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Intel Compute Stick STK2m3W64CC

 

Still, an Atom-powered PC-on-a-stick can only do so much, and while these micro desktops were fine for streaming video or basic web surfing , they weren't up to being an all-day, every-day PC.

This upgraded Intel Compute Stick has a faster Core m3 processor and extra USB ports on its power brick.

It's much more expensive than the original Atom versions, and loses one USB port on the stick itself. Onboard storage is minimal.

The latest Intel Compute Stick takes a big leap forward in power -- and price -- while still being capable of turning any TV into a PC when not traveling in your pocket.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Ganesh T S (anandtech.com)

The Intel Compute Stick (Core m3-6Y30) Review

 

Small and power-efficient computers in the form of NUCs and Compute Sticks have emerged as bright spots in the PC market over the last few years. The Compute Stick form factor is the x86 version of the popular ARM-based HDMI sticks. The...

However, the SMB / enterprise market might find the Core M Compute Sticks more to their liking. Price is not such a huge deterrent in that market. The availability of vPro features (in the Core m5 model) and TPM (trusted platform module) shows that...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Intel Compute Stick 2016

 

And these micro-size computers have certainly put a new meaning to to the idea of handheld computing. Starting with the original Computer Stick, a surprise hit at CES 2015 and now modestly updated for 2016, you could finally squeeze a full-featured...

The pocket-size Intel Compute Stick adds several improvements for its second generation, and it works great for casual Web surfing and HD media streaming.

Very little storage, so installing apps or downloading movies is difficult. Despite the streamlined design, extra cables and adapters make for a tangled presentation.

Intel's revamped Compute Stick promises a computer in every pocket, just be prepared for an entry-level experience, although it's still fine for email, social media and movies.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Intel Compute Stick review (2016): Second time's the charm

 

Intel's new Compute Stick bundles just about everything you'd need for a basic computer into a compact, inexpensive package.And unlike its predecessor, it works.

Powerful enough for most computing tasks ; Inexpensive ; Very portable

2GB of RAM limits multi-tasking ; Still needs to be plugged into an AC adapter

Well, Intel did it. The Compute Stick bundles just about everything you'd need for a basic computer into a compact, inexpensive package, and unlike its predecessor, it works. It's no wonder we named it one of our Best of CES finalists this year. If you...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Intel Compute Stick (2016)

 

The second iteration of Intel's Compute Stick is a pocket-size Windows 10 desktop that can be used with any HDMI-equipped display. It's still easy to set up and use, but its relatively minor upgrades leave us wanting more.

Very light, compact design. Windows 10. Plugs directly into an HDMI port in a monitor or an HDTV. microSD slot. USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Quiet in operation. Improved 3D performance on our tests.

Needs a USB mouse to initially set up Bluetooth devices. Requires included HDMI extension cable in tight quarters. Only 19GB of storage available.

Conclusion The new Intel Compute Stick is a solid update for one of the smallest PCs available. The 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 port, and improved 3D graphics performance are certainly welcome additions. However, having only 2GB of memory and 32GB of...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Ganesh T S (anandtech.com)

The Intel Compute Stick (Cherry Trail) Review

 

The success of UCFF PCs have made vendors realize that small and power-efficient computing platforms are here to stay. ARM SoC manufacturers, finding that the tablet market had reached saturation, kick-started a new product category in the form of...

On the plus side, it is very nice to get a 2x2 AC7265 802.11ac WLAN card in the unit. The improved GPU along with the updated media playback capabilities is also very welcome. CPU performance is not improved much over the Bay Trail version, but the...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Intel Compute Stick review: nothing more than a prototype for now

 

The Compute Stick is proof that Intel can cram all the hardware you need for a PC into a portable stick, but it's far too limited for most.

Inexpensive ; Works well for light tasks ; Very portable

Slows down quickly ; Only one USB port ; Less useful than inexpensive laptops

After testing out the Compute Stick for a few weeks, I was reminded of Intel's first foray into mobile processors. For years it showed off ugly prototype phones at CES and other tech conventions that nobody in their right mind would buy. They were just...

May, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

ARK ID:86612 / 86613 / 91064 / 91065 / 91980 / 91981
Color of product:Black
Product codename:Cedar City / Sterling City
Product family:Intel Compute Stick family
Product series:Intel Compute Stick
Product type:11
Status:4 / Launched

Graphics

Graphics adapter:Intel® HD Graphics
HD type:4K Ultra HD

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3L / LPDDR3
Memory bandwidth (max):10.6 / 29.8
Memory channels:Double / Dual / Single
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 1866

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / 802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / 802.11g,802.11b,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Internal memory:1024 / 2048 / 4096
Storage media type:Flash

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:HDMI / USB / USB Type-C
Manual:Y

Performance

Operating system installed:Linux / No / Windows 10 / Windows 8.1
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / -40 - 60

Ports & interfaces

Device interface:HDMI / USB
HDMI connector type:Full-size HDMI
HDMI version:1.4a / 1.4b
USB ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3

Power

AC adapter output voltage:5
Power Source:AC Adapter / USB

Processor

Conflict Free:Y
Package size:17 x 17
Physical Address Extension (PAE):Y
Processor boost frequency:1.83 / 1.84 / 2.2
Processor cache:2 / 4
Processor cache level:L2 / L3 / SmartCache
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Core m3-6xxx / Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1.33 / 1.44
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:Atom x5-Z8300 / Atom Z3735F / Intel Core m3-6Y30 / m3-6Y30 / x5-Z8300 / Z3735F
Processor threads:4

Processor special features

Intel 64:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y

Storage

Internal storage capacity:32 / 64 / 8
Maximum memory card size:128
Memory Card Slot:Y
Memory card type:MicroSDXC
Storage media:eMMC / Flash

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.472
Height:4.06 / 4.45 / 4.49
Package weight:15
Weight:2.12
Width:1.46 / 1.5