There are too many dongles and not enough HDMI ports. But in the off-chance you do have a spare HDMI port on your smart TV, consider Intel’s $150 Compute Stick to fill that void. The Windows 8.1-equipped dongle essentially turns your TV into a full-fledged computer—a more convenient alternative if you don’t feel like hooking up a rig in your living room.
This can be aimed at a whole host of users; I can see myself using this rather than having a bulky computer sitting next to my TV. It’s not equipped with enough to perform the most strenuous of tasks—it’s running an Intel Atom processor after all—but it’s enough to get the job done. In addition to Intel’s chip, the Compute Stick also sports 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, a microUSB port and a full USB port.
The Compute Stick was apparently up through Amazon earlier today, but it’s currently shown as unavailable. You can, however, pre-order through Newegg; the product is estimated to begin shipping on April 24. There’s not much else to it. If you need to get some work done in the living room, or maybe you simply want to do some Web browsing on your TV, this certainly isn’t a bad option. All you’ll need is $150.
Of course, there are some other alternatives out there, which means Intel’s new toy might not be the must-have it was when it was initially announced back at CES earlier this year.