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Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick
alaScore 94

283 reviews

Jan, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 283 reviews of Intel Compute Stick. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the design. The price is also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Intel Compute Stick is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Intel Compute Stick from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Aatif Sulleyman (

Intel Compute Stick


Intel has created a cheap, basic desktop computer that's small enough to fit inside your pocket. The Intel Compute Stick plugs into any monitor or television with an HDMI connection, so you can take your pictures, documents and presentations around...

Small, eye-catching design ; microSD card slot

Only one USB port ; Sluggish performance ; Requires Bluetooth peripherals

We’re looking forward to seeing what the second edition is capable of.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Desire Athow (

Intel Compute Stick review


A PC, my dear, but not as you know it

Tiny form factor ; Can tweak BIOS ; Value for money

Form factor is controversial ; Fan isn't ideal ; Performance wasn't impressive

The Compute Stick is a niche product – one that will have fans and detractors. It has flaws and compromises, and far too many to make it an indisputable 'buy now' product. Wait until the next version, and we shall reconsider our verdict.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Intel Compute Stick (Core m3) review


The Intel Compute Stick was a revolutionary product when first introduced in 2014 . It put a full Windows 8 (later Windows 10 ) PC powered by an Intel Atom processor into a body not much larger than a USB key, all for a remarkable price of around $150...

This upgraded Intel Compute Stick has a faster Core m3 processor and extra USB ports on its power brick.

It's much more expensive than the original Atom versions, and loses one USB port on the stick itself. Onboard storage is minimal.

The latest Intel Compute Stick takes a big leap forward in power -- and price -- while still being capable of turning any TV into a PC when not traveling in your pocket.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Intel Compute Stick (2016) review


Nearly every television, every spare computer monitor, or even projectors with HDMI inputs can now be transformed into an instant Windows 10 desktop computer, all with a little sleight of hand. The trick is to palm one of the new generation of...

The pocket-size Intel Compute Stick adds several improvements for its second generation, and it works great for casual Web surfing and HD media streaming.

Very little storage, so installing apps or downloading movies is difficult. Despite the streamlined design, extra cables and adapters make for a tangled presentation.

Intel's revamped Compute Stick promises a computer in every pocket, just be prepared for an entry-level experience, although it's still fine for email, social media and movies.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Finnamore (

Intel Compute Stick review


A small, relatively cheap but seriously limited micro PC

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Nate Ralph (

Intel Compute Stick review


The Intel Compute Stick is a PC that fits in the palm of your hand and costs $150, £115 or AU$229. It plugs into a display's HDMI port, and -- when connected to Wi-Fi and peripherals -- offers the full Windows 8 experience. (Like all current PCs, it's...

The Intel Compute Stick excels as a media streaming, Web-browsing machine, and it's a $150 PC that can fit into your pocket.

The tablet-grade performance isn't suitable for heavy tasks, and spotty Bluetooth connectivity limit this PC's functionality.

This inexpensive PC is an exciting experiment, but the tablet hardware can't quite keep up with Intel's vision of a mini-PC.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Adam Shepherd (

Intel Compute Stick review: a wannabe pint-sized powerhouse


This tiny PC is a stick to beat yourself with, not a carrot

Small; Cheap

Very poor performance; Cooling issues; Port clearance may be a problem; Somewhat limited connectivity

The Intel Compute Stick works well as a demonstration of just how small a PC can be, but it's only half a computer and not the good half either

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Raymond Wong (

Intel Compute Stick: Turn any HDMI-ready display into a Windows 8.1 PC [REVIEW]


Good for basic web browsing ; microSD card slot for storage expansion ; Built-in Bluetooth

Keyboard and mouse not included ; Annoying set-up process ; Not powerful enough for serious multitasking ; HDMI dongle needed to fit into many displays ; Slower USB 2.0 port ; Slow Wi-Fi

The Intel Compute Stick is a neat way to turn any HDMI-equipped screen into a Windows 8.1 PC, but it's not worth the hassle.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by (

Intel Compute Stick review (2016): Second time's the charm


Intel's new Compute Stick bundles just about everything you'd need for a basic computer into a compact, inexpensive package.And unlike its predecessor, it works.

Powerful enough for most computing tasks ; Inexpensive ; Very portable

2GB of RAM limits multi-tasking ; Still needs to be plugged into an AC adapter

Well, Intel did it. The Compute Stick bundles just about everything you'd need for a basic computer into a compact, inexpensive package, and unlike its predecessor, it works. It's no wonder we named it one of our Best of CES finalists this year. If you...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by (

Intel Compute Stick review: nothing more than a prototype for now


The Compute Stick is proof that Intel can cram all the hardware you need for a PC into a portable stick, but it's far too limited for most.

Inexpensive ; Works well for light tasks ; Very portable

Slows down quickly ; Only one USB port ; Less useful than inexpensive laptops

After testing out the Compute Stick for a few weeks, I was reminded of Intel's first foray into mobile processors. For years it showed off ugly prototype phones at CES and other tech conventions that nobody in their right mind would buy. They were just...

May, 2015