It looks like a whole new product category just became feasible thanks to Intel’s latest advancements in processors. If that achievement wasn’t enough for Intel, they’ve actually decided to spearhead the development of the USB stick-sized computer by releasing their own Intel branded Compute Stick PC.
While you won’t be able to play the latest video games on the device, it does make for a very competent HTPC. It comes loaded with Windows 8.1 but a Linux version is also available. In terms of specs, the Compute Stick features an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. The device also includes a full-sized USB port, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 for peripheral connectivity. The Compute Stick is available for pre-order now through Newegg as well as Amazon and the ship date is scheduled to be April 24th.