The cord has swallowed the PC.
Intel announced a $149 “PC on a stick” Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a fully-functional Windows computer crammed into a 4-inch HDMI dongle.
The Intel Compute Stick turns any HDTV or monitor into a computer – and not a half bad one, either. The Windows 8 version comes with a quad-core Intel Atom processor (1.3Ghz), 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi and a USB port.
That’s enough power to run most Office programs, linger on Facebook and stream video. Maybe sneak in a classic video game like “Quake II” (1997).
Intel said the Compute Stick will release sometime in 2015.
Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.