Intel's Compute Stick is a pocket-sized PC

Intel's Compute Stick is a pocket-sized PC

Is that a Windows PC in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me? Intel has announced the Compute Stick, a fully-functioning Windows 8 PC that's the size of a USB stick. Just plug it into a monitor, and you're off.

Oh, you'll need to add a keyboard and mouse, too.

It packs a quad-core Atom processor and Windows 8.1. You can plug your keyboard and mouse into the USB ports, while it's powered through a microUSB port. Or you can hook up over Bluetooth 4.0.

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi comes as standard, and there's a microSD card slot for adding more storage. That's a lot of ports for such a diddy device.

32GB flash storage should take a fair few films, songs, apps and games, and the 2GB of RAM will keep things running smoothly. It will sell for about £99, though there's a Linux version on the way too – with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage – that will cost around Rs 5640

They're expected to touch down in March. And they're not one-shot try-outs either. According to reports, Intel has hinted that more models are on the way with more powerful processors. Better find room in your pocket.

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