PC on a stick

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  1. Gargoyle
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    Intel Compute Stick, world's smallest PC, will cost $150 with Windows, $110 with Linux

    It's basically a thumb drive with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It plugs directly into a monitor or TV via HDMI, and is powered through a Micro USB jack on the side of the stick. There’s also a full-sized USB port, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting a mouse and keyboard.

    This is the smallest full PC to hit the market yet. (currently available for pre-order through some online stores, so I don't think it's actually quite hit the ship date).

    Your thoughts?
     
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    It's a bit like airfare with all remaining features no longer included, like pilot, airplane, and fuel. ;)
     
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    But we like it when they forget to include the fuel surcharge in the ticketing price.

    My take on it is that, with this unit, you could plug it into a 48" tv monitor, use a usb mouse and keyboard (or perhaps a bluetooth usb dongle to connect to the mouse and keyboard) and have a super cheap PC with a huge monitor.

    People will come up with lots of other innovations with it; the price point sure lends itself to experimentation.
     
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    The only reason to package a CPU+WiFi together on a stick is if the user wants to constantly swap input and output devices. But there's not even enough memory included on that stick to make that scheme attractive.
     
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    Very weak for windows, but plenty to run linux.
    One function would be as an alternative to a tablet. It has as much power as most tablets, but with different flexibilities and applications.
     
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