One year ago, Intel’s $150 Windows PC dongle launched amid much happiness and optimism about easy living-room computing. Then, we tried it, and it sucked. But with new years come new processors, and possibly a gadget you might want to buy.
A quick recap: Intel’s Compute Stick is a HDMI dongle that packs all the guts of a Windows PC into something the size of a Chromecast. Last year’s version suffered badly from an underpowered processor, and spotty Wi-Fi, which is why it failed to disrupt living rooms forever.