The geeks at Engadget have put put one of Intel’s new Compute Sticks through testing, and come back with a resounding shoulder shrug.
“The Compute Stick,” concludes the review, “shows that Intel can build an entirely new form of computing device, but it fails to prove why anyone would want one.”
The technical testing put the unit – basically a micro PC on an HDMI stick – on the level with netbook laptops – OK for a little light browsing and email. It also showed the units “managed to play” 1080P video files and stream YouTube.
The stick was debuted in January and quickly got some digital signage people thinking, “Hmmm …” The attraction was a $149 device that could run Windows, whereas other sticks like this needed to run Android, which for some companies meant a concentrated development effort and resources.