The Intel Compute Stick’s final specifications have been released. Whilst nothing significant has changed in terms of the actual PC hardware, an interesting item revealed in the spec sheet was it features “active fan cooling”.
Whilst some will inevitably complain that this means that the device will no longer be completely silent, arguably one of the main draws of these types of device, I can see the advantages. Those of you who follow this blog know that the first Windows stick PC, the MeegoPad T01, had terrible overheating due to its lack of cooling so I trust Intel have ensured this won’t happen thanks to the fan. Furthermore, the Intel 3735F stays relatively cool during normal use, so hopefully the fan only engages when required like I saw on the UGOOS UT3S.
Intel Compute Stick Technical Specifications
- Chipset: Intel Atom Z3735F
- RAM: 2 GB DDR3L-1333
- Storage: 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 128GB
- Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4a
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Realtek RTL8723BS)
- USB: 1x USB 2.0 port
- Other Features: Power button
- OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit)
- Power Supply: 5v 2A
At this stage, the Intel Compute Stick is not available for purchase. However, it is believed that two versions will be coming: a budget option featuring 8GB internal storage running Linux and a 32GB version running Windows 8.1 with Bing.
Rest assured we’ll update when they are available for purchase.