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Computers in your pocket..and I'm not talking about smart phones



Looking at the picture above you probably thought that was a USB stick right? Well you would be kind of right. It's fashioned like a USB stick but it has an HDMI connection on the end of it. The one on the left is Intel's Compute Stick and on the right is the Chromebit. Google and Asus' (nice partnership) Chromebit is touted as a "computer in your pocket". You can plug the little device into any device with an HDMI port TV or monitor display and boom, you've got a working computer. You can finally make use of that extra monitor you've got lying around, or if you've wanted to try out the Chrome OS and didn't really want to buy an actual Chromebook, this is a good alternative. It houses a Rockchip processor, 16GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, and a USB 2.0 port. The first one from ASUS is expected to retail for less than $100 and be available this summer. Intel, which most are familiar with if you have any kind of laptop (Windows in particular) has the Compute Stick. It's a Windows computer in the palm of your hand. Works the same way, all you need is a display with an HDMI port and voila! you've got yourself a fully functional Windows computer. The Intel Compute Stick has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and runs a Intel Atom Z3735F processor. It also has a microSD slot on the side which supports up to 128GB cards. Not bad for something the size of a flash drive right? It retails for about $150 and is available now. Now of course both have WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth for peripherals (keyboard and mouse). Whichever you decide to go with, they are cheaper than an full-sized laptop or desktop. Also a pretty good option for those that travel a lot and don't want to carry a laptop. ~ChicDivaGeek

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