Intel introduced the slim Intel Compute Stick back in January at CES. If you’re interested in the miniature USB-sized computer, you be glad to find out that some retailers are now taking pre-orders. Customers interested in the device can grab the Windows version for $149.99 — there’s a Ubuntu version as well which comes with a slightly lower $109.99 price tag. The Windows 8.1 powered Intel Compute Stick is expected to launch on April 24th.
The Compute Stick packs a very decent set of specifications for such a small device. Firstly the USB stick ships with Windows 8.1 as its operating system, and has a quad-core Intel Atom processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on board. On the connectivity side, there’s a HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 2.0 port and WiFi 802.11b/g/n. Thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 and USB port, users can make use of a mouse and a keyboard. All you have to do is plug it into the your TV or monitor and you’re good to go.Further reading: Intel, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8.1