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.

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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.


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11 replies on “Mouse Computer launches 64GB Windows PC stick”

  1. Include a smaller amount of flash memory and high performance sd card slot and MORE RAM!

  2. 64GB of storage on a back up PC for the TV makes no sense. What we want is Core M and 4GB or RAM.

  3. They all seem to have the same Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor and 2GB of RAM. 🙁

    1. They’re probably all working off the same reference design… While, it’s also likely this may be the only tablet range SoC model that won’t be in danger of serious over heating in the cramp confines of the PC stick design… Mind, there’s less surface area for passive cooling than a much larger tablet gets and the only thing lower are the phone SoCs that can’t run a desktop OS…

      So, we’ll likely have to wait until a Cherry Trail update becomes available… While the upcoming Core M version looks like it’ll compromise and house the whole thing in an even larger PC stick/block design…

  4. Why are all these devices limited to 2GB RAM? Some licensing thing, I’m guessing, like the netbook crippling in days gone by?

    1. The current atom CPU doesnt support more than 2GB Ram, we need to wait for the Atom X5/X7 or Core M chips.

      1. Well, not entirely true… many of the Bay Trail SoCs do support more than 2GB, just not this particular model, but it’s also a matter of thermal limits and the SoCs that support more RAM also run hotter…

        Mind, most of the other PC sticks have fans for active cooling… Something a mobile SoC should normally not need but a PC stick design is very confining and doesn’t have as much surface area to work with as a tablet or even phone…

        While, it could also be a factor of where they are likely to be used because TV/Monitors can get a bit warm and that means the ambient temperature around the device would be a little higher than what other devices in its class usually have to work under…

        The 14nm x5/x7 Socs should run much cooler though, while the Core M version looks like it’ll get a larger design to compensate for its higher heat generation…

    2. ALL of these Windows HDMI Stick PCs use the bottom most tier of Bay Trail Atoms. These only have a single Memory channel, which is limited to addressing 2GB of Ram, also cheap LPDDR3 RAM Chips are limited in capacities they’re available in.

      So while this does look like a Software Licensing scheme, it is in fact a hardware limitation.

  5. But is it fast enough? Will these things be able to run windows 10?

    1. The issue might be not having enough free space to do an install, but with this one you’re more likely to have enough space than with the 32GB models.

      I suspect Win10 will follow the same trend as Win8/8.1 and be faster than prior versions.

    2. Not a issue of running Windows… It may be low end but this is still over twice the performance of the old netbooks and Windows 10 minimum specs allow it to be run even on one of those…

      So it’s more a question of whether it will run the program/apps you want to use and provide the kind of performance you can live with or not…

      For things like word processing, general web browsing, etc… it should be fine but Photoshop, video editing, gaming, etc would not be recommended…

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