Intel quietly announced at the Consumer Electronics Show here that the Compute Stick would ship in March. Two versions will be available: the Windows (with Bing) version, for $149, as well as a lower-powered Linux version for $89.
Now we've learnt, that its available for pre-order on Newegg at $150 for the Windows 8.1 version and $110 for the Linux version.
Inside the Compute Stick is an Atom Z3735F, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage—enough, certainly, for a basic Windows implementation and not much more. But it does fit in a microSD slot for further expansion, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. It plugs directly into a monitor or TV via HDMI, and is powered through a Micro USB jack on the side of the stick. There’s also a full-sized USB port, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting a mouse and keyboard.
Why this matters: You probably won't replace your PC with Intel's Compute Stick. But with the prevalence of cloud computing, the Stick might turn out to be the tool IT managers drop in their bag when they hit the road. Unfortunately, however, hotel TVs seem to have an uncanny lack of open HDMI ports when you need them. Could you play Peggle on this? World of Warcraft? We'd be interested to find out.