In­tel Com­pute Stick STK2m3W64CC

A sec­ond-gen stick that shifts things into higher gear.

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Now we’re talk­ing! This is the In­tel Com­pute Stick we were look­ing for! Fea­tur­ing an In­tel Core m3-6Y30 as the brain of the de­vice, this pro­vides two cores and four threads oper­at­ing within a wide oper­at­ing fre­quency band of 0.9–2.2GHz al­low­ing the unit to ad­just its ther­mal out­put be­tween 3.8–7W de­pen­dent on work­loads. This CPU se­lec­tion pro­vides the sec­ond-gen Com­pute Stick with some much needed com­put­ing power, re­sult­ing in an im­proved user ex­pe­ri­ence over the first-gen of­fer­ings, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing multi-thread­ing.

An­other step in the right di­rec­tion was taken when the in­ter­nal eMMC stor­age den­sity was dou­bled, from 32GB to 64GB. This still isn’t a lot of space in the mod­ern age for a sys­tem drive, but it’s an im­prove­ment.

The sec­ond-gen unit has also re­tained the mi­croSD card slot with sup­port for 128GB of SDXC v3.0 stor­age with UHS-I sup­port. All up, max­i­mum stor­age is close to 200GB — not bad!

A vis­ual check of the de­vice re­veals only one mUSB 3.0 port. How­ever, the in­no­va­tive de­sign im­ple­mented has the USB 3.0 Type-C con­nec­tion that pro­vides power to the unit via a small power pack also pro­vid­ing a data link to two more USB 3.0 ports. This al­lows for mouse and key­board to be plugged into this hub and leav­ing an unused USB 3.0 port on the Com­pute Stick for ad­di­tional USB de­vices such as ex­ter­nal stor­age op­tions or ad­di­tional pe­riph­er­als.

The first-gen Com­pute Stick in­tro­duced a solid idea but re­quired fur­ther re­fine­ment. This is the Stick you want.


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