With so much of our work living in the cloud these days, it makes little sense to rely on a large computer all the time. Even with ridiculously thin and light-weight laptops that are easier to carry than ever before, most of that weight and bulk is wasted on unnecessary things like storage, display, and keyboard. What if you could be truly mobile without being tied down by over-sized hardware?
That’s the idea behind the Intel Compute Stick a small USB thumb drive-like device. In all fairness, it’s a bit larger than normal thumb drives, but this compact packaging offers the next level of portable personal computing. All you have to do is find any TV or display with an HDMI port and this tiny device will transform it into a full Windows 10 PC. Previous versions of the Compute Stick were mind-numbingly underpowered, but the new generation offers the power of Core M3 and M5 processors, which speeds things up quite a bit. It has 64GB of storage, which is small compared to what we are used to these days, but large storage capacity isn’t the point of this pint-sized computer. After all, we have much of our files living in the cloud or on a server somewhere. So break free from your laptop bag and slip one of these into your pocket.