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Intel Compute Stick Review (Atom x5, Windows 10 model)

There’s no shortage of devices that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream internet video. You can use a Roku Streaming Stick, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Chromecast. At first glance, Intel’s Compute Stick looks a lot like those media streaming devices. But under the hood, the Compute […]

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Intel Compute Stick with Atom x5 now available

Intel’s second-generation Compute Stick is now available for about $150. The tiny computer features a slightly faster processor, an extra USB port, and significantly better wireless performance the model I reviewed in 2015. First announced in January, the new Compute Stick features an Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth […]

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Intel introduces Compute Stick with Atom x5 Cherry Trail processor

Intel’s new Compute Stick with a Core M Skylake processor isn’t the company’s only new PC on a stick for 2016. The company has also unveiled two new models featuring lower-power (and cheaper) Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail chips. The Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC and STK1A32C should be available in the first quarter of 2016. Both models […]

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Intel’s new Compute Stick is a Core M Skylake-powered PC Stick

Zotac, Asus, and others may be launching PC sticks with Intel Atom Cherry Trail processors. But Intel is going a step further and launching a new line of Intel Compute Stick mini PCs featuring more powerful Core M Skylake processors. Update: The company also has its own new Cherry Trail models. Pricing has also been announced. The […]

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Intel Compute Stick now available with Windows 10

When the original Intel Compute Stick shipped earlier this year, it came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, but like most recent Windows computers it’s eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10. Don’t want to go through the hassle of upgrading? Now Intel is selling the Compute Stick with Windows 10 Home. B&H sells the tiny computer […]

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Make your own Chromebit with an Intel Compute Stick and Chromium OS

Earlier this year Asus unveiled the first Chromebit: a tiny computer-on-a-stick that runs Google’s Chrome OS software. Plug it into the HDMI port of a display or monitor and you’ve got a Chrome-powered computer. But it’s been more than half a year since the Chrombit was introduced, and you still can’t buy one yet. But you can […]

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Simplest way to load Ubuntu on Intel Compute Stick with Windows (so far)

So you want to run Ubuntu Linux on an Intel Compute Stick, but don’t want to buy the model that comes with Ubuntu pre-loaded… because it also has half the RAM and one fourth as much storage as the Windows model? As I noted when reviewing the Intel Compute Stick with Windows, you can load Ubuntu […]

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Ubuntu on the 32GB Intel Compute Stick: You have to install it yourself

Intel launched a tiny computer called the Intel Compute Stick earlier this year. It looks like a chunky USB flash drive, but instead of plugging it into your computer to add storage, you plug it into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor to add a full-fledged computer. The first model to ship featured […]