Pre-orders for Intel’s $150 ‘Compute Stick’ dongle PC opened up this week, and have already sold out. The palm sized computers that are designed to run off any display with a HDMI input were first announced at this years CES, and sites such as Amazon and newegg opened up for pre-orders this week, but all examples were quickly spoken for.
For its part, Amazon were even charging above the recommended retail price – $180 plus shipping – for pre-ordered devices, and even that wasn’t a deterrent for the early adopters.
The devices are pretty well specced, with a 64 bit Quad Core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash Storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro SD expansion slot for extra storage and USB and Micro USB for peripherals. Final specs haven’t been released, but the device shown of at the electronics show was said to have HDMI 1.4. Currently power-over-HDMI is not supported, but you have the choice of either powering it via the USB port or with an included power adapter.
It comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and there is also an option of getting a Linux version for $110. Be warned: the Linux version is a lower end device that only sports 1GB RAM and 8GB storage.
We can’t wait for the unboxing.