I found it reassuring when reviewers mostly positive reviews cautioned Intel’s Compute Stick wasn’t quite the same as a full fledged desktop PC. Otherwise, why would you buy anything bigger? The point of a product like Compute Stick is small size and price. Now with an upgrade from the Atom processor to a Skylake Core M, some of the reservations on the original Stick may have been addressed.
Intel’s cute little computer is strong on video, game play, and web browsing. They cram so much in a little space using System on a Chip (SoC) technology, essentially combining CPU and graphics – the complete thinking guts of a computer – in one small package to make this product possible. I’m envisioning my parents, who want to bring computer fed video to the living room flat screen, but aren’t likely to ever starting playing with wires or wifi gadgets. This brings the computer to the TV.
With 40% better graphics performance from its robust Skylake upgrade, power once reserved for high end gaming comes to the tiniest of portables. Designated a Core M processor, the chip is regarded for low power usage and small size – exactly what’s needed to meets the challenges of such small interior real estate.
Skylake’s addition to the Compute Stick might just add that extra punch to make this a great product. In the previous version, Spotty blu tooth connectivity was mentioned in reviews. Specifically, wireless keyboard and mouse connectivity seemed to fade when the machine was working hardest. With the new, more capable processor, this may be resolved. We’ll let you know.
Skylake is the codename used by Intel for a processor microarchitecture which was launched in August 2015 as the successor to the Broadwell microarchitecture. Skylake is a microarchitecture redesign using an already existing process technology, serving as a “tock” in the Intel’s “tick-tock” manufacturing and design model. According to Intel, the redesign brings greater CPU and GPU performance and reduced power consumption. Skylake uses the same 14 nm manufacturing process as Broadwell. (wikipedia)
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