Intel released its Compute Stick; essentially, a low-end PC that can fit into the palm of your hand or mount onto a USB port on a monitor (as shown below where the Compute Stick is mounted at the top-left of the monitor). It sells for under $150.
Due to its small size and low-power use, it can be used in these (and other) areas:
- Thin client
- Digital signage
- Conference room
- Machinery control
It can be controlled remotely through a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard/mouse. There is also an Android-based application that enables control through your smartphone.
- Windows 8.1, 32-bit in current version*
- Atom™ processor with 2Gb RAM
- Integrated 802.11bgn wireless
- USB 2.0 with a Micro SD slot
- Must be powered externally
*Also available with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
We put it through its paces and found it slow, but adequate for low-end tasks. Its best feature is the small size, which can fit most anywhere.