Tip: Get yourself an Intel Compute Stick

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Hi guys,

So yeah, after getting to know the Intel Compute Stick at work where we are starting to use them for digital signage, I decided to get one of my own.

Anybody here got one? I really think they’re very cool. I connected it to the TV where my Xbox One is connected, and it’s nice to use every once in a while when I want to use a nice big screen and just browse the web or watch YouTube or whatever. Or stream music.

Okay, it would be nice if performance-wise it could do better, but honestly for $120 I can’t complain. General app usage and simple games are no problem.

It just amazes me they can cram an entire PC in that thing.

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10 responses to “Tip: Get yourself an Intel Compute Stick”

  1. skane2600

    They strike me as a kind of "cool to have" item, but not powerful enough to replace a PC even for non-professional use. If you think about what's actually inside them and what was left out, it's not that surprising how small they are IMO.

  2. Daekar

    These are really neat but I was never able to come up with a use case sufficient to justify the purchase. I can't think of a situation where I would want to have an in-place computing device where I wouldn't want more power and be able to accommodate one of the NUCs or something. PCs have gotten very small these days.

  3. Orin

    I used Lenovo's version as my home theater PC for a good year or so. Performance got me down frequently, but it served it's purpose. I eventually upgraded to an Alienware Alpha as my home theater PC (about a year ago). So glad I did. But the Lenovo stick was definitely a cool little device that I got a lot of work done on and much entertainment out of.

  4. evox81

    Currently using a few for digital signage as well. What kind of digital signage software are you using? Our solution (due to my software budget of exactly $0) is functional, but lacking.


    Although it crossed my mind, I could never justify getting one for home. Have too many other, more powerful, PCs to justify the admittedly small price tag.

    • ErichK

      In reply to evox81:

      It's called Rise Vision. We're a community college. I got to walk through the setup process of watching one of our electronic technicians set up a screen here remotely (he was at a different campus). Pretty cool stuff, and seems to work well.

  5. john.boufford

    I use an Asus Chromebit ($85 - $105) with Screen.cloud ($20 per month). Does the job.

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