Pocket-sized Compute Stick processor packs enough power for Wi-Fi, web browsing and media streaming

When new technology debuts at CES, it usually does so on a grand scale (Samsung’s 20+ screen booth, we’re thinking of you). However, one of this year’s most innovative gadgets bucks the long-standing tradition: at CES 2015, Intel debuted the Compute Stick, a portable “computer” small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

The Compute Stick is a four-inch long device that can turn any HDMI port into a fully-operating computer. Slightly larger than the Google Chromecast, it holds an Intel® Atom™ Z3735F quad-core processor—packing enough power for web browsing, media streaming, and light productivity. The stick is also preinstalled with either a Windows 8.1 or Linux operating system, effectively matching the capabilities of most lightweight laptops.

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