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Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC 2GB Windows 8.1 Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Intel

Final Thoughts

 

I have had the Intel Compute stick for a little over a week now and I have to say I am impressed.

 

I was expecting an overly weak and sluggish machine; what I got was a quick responding computer, capable of fulfilling tasks for most people. It's as fast (if not faster) than most tablets I have encountered and it has more possibilities. I went as far as to stream a game from Steam to my large TV, and it worked, granted there was a tiny bit of lag (but I opted to use the built-in Wireless N, instead of the wireless AC USB adapter that is recommended for Steam streaming).

 

The plug and play compatibility with Steam was perfect, all I had to do was set the Intel Compute Stick to "enable hardware decoding" under the advanced settings menu and it found my host PC and connected at the press of a button. This device is an excellent candidate for a remote PC controlled by programs like TeamViewer. If you want to use the USB port for something else, you can still control the Intel Compute Stick remotely. The device is quick enough so that lag when remotely accessing it is unnoticeable.

 

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Over this past week, I have thought of endless uses for the Intel Compute Stick. However, there are some downsides to the device; it can't game, it has only 23GB of usable space (there is a built-in backup image of Windows 8.1 with Bing) by default, and its IO is extremely limited. Overlooking those weaknesses and considering its extremely low price (you are getting Windows 8.1 ($80) included in the $150 price tag), it's the perfect PC for a very wide variety of uses.

 

I think this PC could do 90% of office tasks including using the web browser (it has pretty good streaming capabilities as well), using the MS Office suite, and conference calling. It's quick and nimble, and I would honestly recommend something like this to those who need a PC, but don't want to spend a lot of money on it since they will only be surfing the web or using it for Netflix. It's perfect for a remote console, especially in businesses where it can be used for a display board or an ordering kiosk.

 

The included Windows 8.1 with Bing makes the Intel Compute Stick an exceptional value, providing agility and compatibility at an extremely affordable price range. There are so many possibilities to this tiny PC, yet its most enticing aspect is its versatility.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance79%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features82%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money98%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: The included Windows 8.1 with Bing makes the Intel Compute Stick an exceptional value, providing agility and compatibility at an extremely affordable price range. The future is here people; the desktop now fits in a shirt pocket and probably costs less than the display it's attached to.

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