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Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick
alaScore 95

313 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 313 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 really like the design. The size also gets good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions 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 (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 4.1/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

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

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Aug, 2018

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 (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

Expert review by : Matthew S. Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Intel Compute Stick review

 

Small enough to fit behind a monitor ; Can play 1080p video smoothly ; Inexpensive

Poor performance ; Not enough ports ; Limited storage ; Far too expensive for media streaming

Can the Compute Stick be your sole computer? Yes, absolutely. It can run everything any other affordable desktop can except games. The question is not whether this device can be your only PC, but whether you’d want it to be.

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 (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 : 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 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 : 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 (cnet.com)

Intel Compute Stick 2015

 

But having the full Windows experience doesn't necessarily mean you'll have the best experience. The Stick houses a lightweight Atom processor that's usually found in Intel-based tablets, so don't expect to do any heavy image editing or high-end...

The Intel Compute Stick excels as a media streaming, Web-browsing machine, and it's a $150 PC that can fit into your pocket.

The tablet-grade performance isn't suitable for heavy tasks, and spotty Bluetooth connectivity limit this PC's functionality.

This inexpensive PC is an exciting experiment, but the tablet hardware can't quite keep up with Intel's vision of a mini-PC.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Nate Ralph (cnet.com)

Intel Compute Stick review

 

The Intel Compute Stick is a PC that fits in the palm of your hand and costs $150, £115 or AU$229. It plugs into a display's HDMI port, and -- when connected to Wi-Fi and peripherals -- offers the full Windows 8 experience. (Like all current PCs, it's...

The Intel Compute Stick excels as a media streaming, Web-browsing machine, and it's a $150 PC that can fit into your pocket.

The tablet-grade performance isn't suitable for heavy tasks, and spotty Bluetooth connectivity limit this PC's functionality.

This inexpensive PC is an exciting experiment, but the tablet hardware can't quite keep up with Intel's vision of a mini-PC.

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 802.11ac / 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