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Review of Intel Compute Stick – Atom x5, Windows 10 Model

In the current scenario if you need to stream internet video then there are plenty of devices available that can be plugged into the HDMI port of your TV. So you can use an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a Roku Streaming Stick, or a Chromecast.

intel-compute-stick-2015-01-07-01If you see the Compute Stick at the first time, it looks mostly like those media streaming devices. But the Compute Stick is a fully fledged computer under the hood.

In early 2015 the first model of Intel was launched and recently a 2nd generation model is released by the company with an improved design, a slight faster processor and performance with better wireless significantly.

The video and music streaming can be done from Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. It can be used to run Intuit QuickBooks, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and other Windows programs. With a real web browser you can surf the web like Firefox, Chrome and also games can also be played.


It’s not like only Intel was the first company to launch a PC Stick. The models with Android software and ARM-based processors were seen in 2012. Later in few years the first models were appeared with Windows software popped up and Intel chips.

Compute Stick was launched in 2015 by the Intel. All-around performance was offered by it, a few serious limitations ware suffered by it. In Windows the Intel model comes with a fully licensed version and with heat dissipation it didn’t seem to have any problems.

One disadvantage is, it is only associated with a single USB 2.0 port, so using of mouse and keyboard is made difficult during setup unless you connect a USB hub. Once you setup the system then Bluetooth accessories can be connected always, but with the original Compute Stick there is another problem: the performance of the wireless is not at the great.

Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n WiFi is supported by this model but with bad range. So simultaneously most of the users will prefer for different connecting devices of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In this launch category, the best device was the original Compute Stick, for general purpose use its recommendation was still kind of hard.