Just how small can a computer become? The answer may not surprise most millennials, but it will definitely surprise you if you were born in the 90s or earlier.
Browsing for a mouse with a friend at IDB Bhaban a few days ago, I stumbled upon this USB flashdrive-looking thing sitting next to Intel NUCs. If you didn’t know, Intel NUCs are Mac Minis of the PCs at half the cost. They are pretty solid with a fair bit of upgradability, and small in size.
But nothing compared to this.
Yeah, that flashdrive-sized object is a full BYODKM (Bring your own display, keyboard, mouse) computer. As that suggests, you plug it into the HDMI port of any monitor, connect it to a power outlet, connect a keyboard and a mouse via the USB ports and you’re good to go. You’ve got yourself a fully working computer!
By no means is this a powerful computer. It’s a very lightweight computer intended for lightweight tasks like media consumptions, email, social networking, writing, working on Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Docs, etc. You get the idea.
I think the future that Intel is targeting for with its Compute Stick is that every room will have a full sized computer. I mean, yeah, almost everyone has a smartphone, but nothing beats a full sized computer especially compared to the price point of that of a laptop.
Also, because the Intel Compute Stick is very cheap, it can be a good option for budget offices/classroom computers. You’ll have to add the cost of a monitor and other peripherals, but you’ll still not be paying a lot of money. Plus think of the space this thing could save on any room!
When I showed this to my brother, he was in a complete shock. He was not ready to see a full sized computer shrunked into such a small size that you can literally carry it in your pocket!
I know that for some reason, Intel Compute Stick has not gotten as much popularity as one would hope it would, but it still is a great option if you’re looking to add a secondary computer to your room or somewhere else and you’ve got a spare monitor lying around.
For specs, mine packs an Intel Atom processor with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 32 GB of onboard memory. It has a microSD memory card for adding more storage and a USB 3.0 port for adding external hard drives. The stick also has a USB 2.0 port. You can buy a USB hub if you want to plug in keyboard, mouse, and a hard drive all at the same time.
Did I forget to mention that every Intel Compute Stick comes with a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home? Yeah, that is true. 🙂 You simply buy the stick, connect it to your monitor, and you’re good to go. As soon as you go online, your copy of Widows 10 on the stick will be activated. No installation is necessary.
It really doesn’t get easier than that.
I haven’t done a lot of heavy work on it and I don’t plan to. I’ve got a somewhat powerful PC at home, but as you can imagine, it’s a good barebone PC if you want to add a secondary computer at home for lighter purpose.
What’s the smallest computer that you’ve seen so far?