In­tel Com­pute Stick STK1AW32SC

Neat idea, half-baked im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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The In­tel Com­pute Stick STK1AW32SC brought for­ward an idea that had been es­tab­lished for some time by DIY and SoC elec­tron­ics en­thu­si­asts — the PC-on-astick. This in­tro­duc­tion cre­ated a buzz amongst PC tech en­thu­si­asts, thrilled to ex­plore a new space within com­put­ing.

How­ever, for many that got to use the STK1AW32SC, the ex­pe­ri­ence has been lack­lus­tre. It is still ‘nerd cool’, but lacks the ease of use, per­for­mance and con­nec­tiv­ity that users re­quire and to a de­gree ex­pect.

One of the big­gest short­com­ings is the 32GB of eMMC in­te­grated stor­age that in­cludes the oper­at­ing sys­tem in­stal­la­tion. This re­sults in lit­tle space left­over for ap­pli­ca­tions, file stor­age and so on. This is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue on the ASUS VivoStick TS10 and then com­pli­cates the USB con­nec­tion avail­abil­ity. Thank­fully, this is less of an is­sue for the STK1AW32SC due to a mi­cro SD card slot that sup­ports up to 128GB of stor­age. Sure, It’s not fast stor­age, but it’s a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in ca­pac­ity and sig­nif­i­cantly de­creases the has­sles as­so­ci­ated with stor­age.

The mi­cro SD slot is a wel­comed fea­ture, though it’s a tough pick be­tween this and the VivoStick TS10. Es­sen­tially, both units have un­de­sir­able traits.

Com­par­a­tively, the STK1AW32SC has no 3.5mm au­dio in-out sup­port and also sports a slightly slower pro­ces­sor, fea­tur­ing the Atom x5-Z8300 ver­sus the Atomic x5-Z8350 in the TS10. It’s not a huge fre­quency dif­fer­ence — only 80MHz — but at this level ev­ery bit of pro­cess­ing power helps.


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