The advent of the laptop was obviously a huge turning point in the personal computer industry, allowing people to carry powerful computing experiences with them wherever they went. Notebook computers are clearly still hugely popular, but there’s a new type of computer that’s even more portable. The new lineup of Intel Compute Sticks pack surprisingly swift computing experiences into tiny little gadgets about the size of a flash drive. Simply plug a Compute Stick into any TV or monitor and you’ve transformed it into a full-blown desktop computer in less than a second. Intel offers a number of different options that range in terms of power and price, and you’ll find three great options in this post that start at under $130.

Intel Compute Stick CS125

  • Quad-Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Processor
  • Windows 10 (32-bit)
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 2 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz soldered down single-channel memory
  • Integrated Wireless 802.11ac (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265)
  • One USB 3.0 and One USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Intel Compute Stick CS325

  • Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 4 GB total DDR3 1866 MHz dual channel memory
  • 64 GB eMMC device built-in
  • Integrated Intel 802.11ac wireless (Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260)
  • One USB 3.0 on device and two USB 3.0 on power adapter
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Intel Compute Stick CS525

  • Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro processor
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 4 GB total DDR3 1866 MHz dual channel memory
  • 64 GB eMMC device built-in
  • Integrated Intel 802.11ac wireless (Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260)
  • One USB 3.0 on device and two USB 3.0 on power adapter & Bluetooth 4.2
  • Brown Box
  • Intel HD Audio3 via HDMI, supporting multi-channel digital audio

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