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Handy alternative of an entry-level PC

Recap: Intel has a desktop PC it wants to sell you that you can fit in your pocket. It is called the Compute Stick (CS125). It runs Windows 10 and retails for under $120.

The CS125 sports a quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8300 processor clocked at 1.44GHz (burst up to 1.84GHz) and Intel HD graphics. It has 2GB DDR3L 1600MHz soldered down single-channel memory running Windows 10. It is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and integrated 802.11ac. Surprisingly, even with all that hardware, Intel managed to pack in two USB ports (one 3.0, one 2.0).

The Compute Stick can plug into any monitor with an HDMI port, making it ideal for traveling or just plugging into a desktop monitor for a clutter-free workspace. It comes with either 32 or 64GB of onboard storage, but also has an SD slot for easy expansion.

Now obviously this is not going to replace your high-end workstation or your gaming rig, but it is great for light work, browsing the internet, video streaming, and more. If you have kids that are about to be old enough for their own computer, it would make a great, hassle-free and cheap alternative for a homework computer.