Intel’s $149 Compute Stick dongle running Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order

Intel HDMI Compute Stick

The Intel Compute Stick, the super tiny PC that turns any display with a HDMI port into a real Windows device, was first announced at CES 2015, but today it becomes available for pre-order at two online retailers: Amazon and Newegg.

The dongle features an Intel Atom quad-core processor running at 1.33GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, and of course pre-installed with Windows 8.1.

While we haven’t seen the dongle in real life action tasks, the device should run without much effort, simply plug it into a HDMI port and power it on. Once the operating system starts, you can control the device with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and you should get a full PC experience.

If you’re looking to get a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you should first check out the Microsoft Wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard (N9Z-00001); it’s currently $24.99 on Amazon.

The Intel Compute Stick is expected to ship in late April, the suggested price is $149 for the Windows 8.1 version, while the 1GB of RAM with 8GB of storage version running Linux will cost $89. However, you’ll need to be careful how you shop for the dongle as some retailers are charging a lot more money.

Via Engadget

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