Intel Introduces Full Windows and Linux PC in a HDMI Dongle

Portable devices such as the ChromeCast and Fire TV are cost-effective ways to turn your existing television into a “smart” tv as they offer video and game streaming via your home WiFi. Determined not to be outdone, Intel has just announced the launch of the “Compute Stick” which is a full Windows 8.1 PC on a portable USB stick.

The Compute Stick comes with a quad-core Atom processor, 32 GB memory, 2 GB RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. There is also a version based on the Linux OS but with half the RAM. The Windows 8.1 model will retail for $149 and the Linux model for $89 respectively.

Revealed at CES 2015, the Compute Stick is roughly the same size as Google’s ChromeCast and is designed to have a number of potential applications. You can hook it up to an HDMI monitor, thereby creating an all-in-one PC or plug it into your TV to watch videos or browse through photos.

The left side of the stick has the micro USB port used to charge the device, a small power button, and a full-sized USB port for supporting peripheral accessories. With the launch of this device, it is clear that Intel is working feverishly to shrink the size of its computing products.

Its new Quark SE SOC is projected to help wearable technology become a functional reality. Given that it was late to develop products for smartphones and tablets, Intel is determined to capture some of its lost market share in the new areas of consumer tech products.


  • Muhammad Aamir

    Make this news again when it will be officially available in Pakistan.

  • UMAIR

    Its very affordable :)

  • Saqib

    Raspberry pi is still a very tough competent, they are offering a good deal in $35 only, and it has a very vibrant community.

    • Mohammad Arshad

      but that (Raspberry pi ) couldn’t run Windows.

      • Saqib

        they can’t put an operating system costing $150 on a chip of $35 given that Linux does its job very well for their target consumer.

        • Atifsh

          Pi doesnt run linux OS, its a linux fork a self built for pi, and is very very very limited.

          • Saqib

            there are hundreds of distributions built on the top of Linux kernel and all of them are considered to be Linux OS, so is the case with Raspbian i.e. the OS which comes with RPI. Have a look at the link below and note the OS type under the Raspbian.
            http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=raspbian

    • Yasir Gilani

      You’re comparing bhindi with kaddoo here. 700mhz single-core arm cpu+512mb ram device with a quad core x86+2gb ram that can also run your beloved linux. Stupid fanboism !

      P.S. I own a Raspberry Pi model B+

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    i will love to buy this because, it will work like full pc on existing tv and will be too cheap as compare to limited smart tv

  • Aamir

    Good Thing , it seems that PCs will be very affordable in future.

  • Epakistani

    Dies it support 1080p videos. N can it be powered by the tv usb. Intend to use it for torrent with direct playback of videos from the stick with usb drive connected.

    • Taha Najam

      Yes and yes. It supports 4k video playback as well.

      • Azhar Baloch

        is that sarcasm ? or are you fucking serious ?

        • Taha Najam

          im fockin sirius m8

          Google it yourself “baytrail 4k”.

  • Amazing! power over HDMI wont work with this that’s why there is port for charging as well. You should add some links to the post for further reading! no where in the post its mention that it also offers microSD card slot (That’s for linux version I think!) but it does! So please try to provide more info next time you’re writing a review!

    • Muhammad Aamir

      It’s not called review. :D It’s just a short story like thirsty crow.

  • Bilal Iqbal

    Aih angraiz waily baith k aiho kam kr dy nain… ( amaizing and beautiful)…

  • Atifsh

    :) i know this, you missed my point.
    a full windows / linux pc would run a full OS, what pi runs is specific to that hardware and is not capable of what a full OS can do. get it.