Intel's Core M Compute Stick will arrive next month
Intel teased a Core M-based ComputeStick back at IFA 2015, but it didn't have much information to shareat the time. Now, at CES in Las Vegas, the company has taken thewraps of its brand-new dongle PCs. The new models are not only morepowerful than the original product, but are also significantly moreconvenient.
The original Compute Stick, introducedat the beginning of 2015, was high on concept, allowing users to turnany HDMI-equipped display into a fully-fledged PC. Unfortunately, thereality of the device was a little different, providing low-endperformance and only a single USB port.
Things are looking brighter this year,with the new version of the product giving users a choice of Core M3and Core M5 chips. The device will be available to buy with orwithout Windows 10, and will ship with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMCstorage.
The connectivity of thisyear's model is also looking solid, with both Intel Dual Band Wireless AC7265 and Bluetooth 4.1 included. Like the original Compute Stick,there's only a single USB port on the device itself, but the companyhas put a pair of ports on the power adapter, bringing the total upto three.
The Core M Compute Stick starts atUS$399, scheduled to ship in February. The company is also selling asecond-generation Intel Atom version, with 32GB storage, 2 GB RAM andtwo USB ports. That model is in production now, shipping for $160.