Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC
Neat idea, half-baked implementation.
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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