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Intel Compute Stick "2" STK1AW32SC 2GB Windows 10 Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 10, 2016 5:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

Packaging

 

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Our sample is an engineering sample, given to us earlier last month; the retail packaging looks like the box pictures on Intel's Compute Stick website. Accessories include a high current USB power adapter and an HDMI extension cable.

 

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The original Compute Stick had a 5V/2A adapter which was capable of 10W theoretical output; the new Compute Stick comes with a more powerful adapter. At 5V/3A, it should theoretically support 15W, which points towards higher power usage perhaps caused by the extra USB port and more powerful hardware.

 

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The new Intel Compute Stick is longer than the original but keeps the same relative width and height. The fan vents are a bit larger on the new Compute Stick, but overall the product looks quite similar. The new Compute Stick isn't using the glossy surface for the entire case. Instead, Intel went with a matte finish which could help cut down on fingerprints.

 

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I also took some shots of the new Intel Compute Stick on its own for reference.

 

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Intel kept the miniSD card slot for storage expansion and the vents on the side have shrunk a little bit.

 

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The new Intel Compute Stick has an added USB 3.0 port while keeping most everything else the same on the outside.

 

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Intel has also provided an HDMI port cover to protect the HDMI port during shipping.

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