What are the best Intel Compute Stick PCs?

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    #1Intel Compute Stick CS525

    Intel Compute Stick CS525

    Intel Compute Stick CS525 is a microcomputer manufactured by Intel. It has an Intel Core m5-6Y57 processor along with an Intel HD graphics capability. It is also equipped with 4GB of RAM alongside 64GB of memory capacity.

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    Ishan Pillai
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "This product offers an impressive amount of computing power in an incredibly small package. It'll be about as fast as a higher end tablet pc and can output video in 4k. It'd be great with a bit more memory and it does get quite hot but the fan seems to work well enough. "
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    #2Intel Compute Stick BLKSTK2M364CC

    Intel Compute Stick BLKSTK2M364CC

    The Intel BLKSTK2M364CC Compute Stick is a micro-computer stick that runs on a 2.2 GHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 Processor and has 4 GB of RAM as well as a 64 GB Hard Drive. It can easily be connected to any compatible monitor for fast and convenient use.

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    Ryan Contreras
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "This small and durable compute stick is very easy to use. It easily connects to any monitor, and is fast and convenient."
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    #3Intel Compute Stick CS125

    Intel Compute Stick CS125

    The Intel Compute Stick CS125 is a mini PC stick that works connected to your monitor thanks to an HDMI port. It features the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Quad-Core, 2Gb of DDR3L RAM and 32 Gb of Onboard eMMC Flash Storage. 

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    Diana Green
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Last year's Intel Compute Stick was significantly hyped, but unfortunately it suffered from two major flaws. First, it had unreliable and slow WiFi, as well as issues with conflicts between multiple devices over Bluetooth. Second, it had only one USB port. Both of these issues could be resolved by buying an Ethernet / USB hub, but that defeats the purpose of a tiny stick PC that hides behind a TV or Monitor. For 2016, Intel has upgraded this device's issues, making it a significantly better purchase. The WiFi is now dual-band 802.11ac and it is VERY fast. I pulled over 80 Mb/second over WiFi, which is about my max speed from my ISP even over Ethernet. Intel also has added a second USB port, so there is now one 3.0 and one 2.0. They still include an HDMI extender and alternative power adapters as well. This year's model also has the slightly upgraded "Cherry Trail" Atom x5-Z8300 processor, which has improved graphics capability over the prior year's Atom 3735F "Bay Trail" processor. It can't handle AAA gaming, but it does a great job with Windows Store games like Halo: Spartan Strike and Hitman: GO, as well as Indie games on Steam like Nuclear Throne and Axiom Verge. The WiFi is capable of handling Steam streaming and XBox One streaming, as well. It also has no problem handling 1080p video via YouTube and Netflix, with no skipped frames. It isn't perfect, though; I'm disappointed to still see only 2GB of RAM, which gets used up pretty quickly when using Chrome as your browser, or more advanced MS Office functions. And, 32GB of local storage is still going to get cramped pretty quickly, minimizing your actual local space for application installs. All that said, for $149, this is a solid device that addresses the main problems with last year's model. As such it does a much better job fulfilling the promises that Intel made last year. I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a small form factor "stick" PC, and it is a fairly compelling option when stacked up against more expensive streaming solutions as well."
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    #4Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A8LFC

    Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A8LFC

    The Intel STCK1A8LFC is a mini-PC sticker that features the Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor Z3735F at 1.33GHz of speed, 2 USB ports and pre-loaded Windows 10 Home. 

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    Denise Reynolds
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I think the STCK1A8LFC intel stick is one of the best compute stick PCs out right now. It's super fast and reasonably priced too!"
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    #5Intel Compute Stick CS325

    Intel Compute Stick CS325

    The Intel Compute Stick CS325 is a mini stick computer by Intel that features the powerful Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, the Intel HD graphics, 4Gb of DDR3 RAM and 64 GB of eMMC internal storage, plus Windows 10 pre-loaded. 

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    Bertha Muñiz
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I love the starter version of the Compute Stick but wanted better graphics and more storage. Intel definitely delivered. Everything runs smoothly -- watching TV, playing games, using the Internet. I have no complaints. The price might be prohibitive to some. I'd suggest starting with a cheaper version to get a feel for it and upgrade if desired. "
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    #6Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A32WFC

    Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A32WFC

    The Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A32WFC is a first-generation Compute Stick which can be used to connect to streaming apps as well as social media. It is a plug-and-play device which can be used anytime and is good for developers and regular users.

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    Ethan Williamson
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "This is a major breakthrough for computing. This intel stick allows you to do many of the tasks that you normally would on your desktop, on this portable stick. For the size of it, it allows you to do a lot and even handles multitasking rather well."

Summary

Best What are the best Intel Compute Stick PCs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Intel Compute Stick CS525 Electronics 10 Paid
2Intel Compute Stick BLKSTK2M364CC Electronics 6 Paid
3Intel Compute Stick CS125Electronics 4 Paid
4Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A8LFCElectronics 4 Paid
5Intel Compute Stick CS325Electronics 3 Paid
6Intel Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A32WFCElectronics 0 Paid
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