Intel is expected to launch a version of its Compute Stick with 64GB of storage and a Core M Broadwell processor later this year. But what if you don’t want to wait until then to get a model with more storage?
Most Windows PC Sticks on the market feature just 32GB of storage (or less). But Japan’s Mouse Computer is offering a 64GB model. It’ll cost you though.
The Mouse Computer MS-NH1 is a tiny computer on a stick with an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Windows software. It has an HDMI connector on one end and you can plug it right into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor to turn your display into a Windows computer.
Mouse Computer sells a 32GB model for 19.800 yen ($160 US). The 64GB model costs roughly twice as much, at 39,800 yen ($322).
In other words, you could probably save some money by picking the cheaper model and inserting a 32GB microSD card for extra storage. Unfortunately microSD storage isn’t usually as fast as eMMC storage.
There is one other reason to choose the higher-priced model though: it comes with Windows 8.1 Pro software, while the 32GB model runs Windows 8.1 with Bing. That means it includes BitLocker data protection, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop software, and other features that might appeal to enterprise users.