Intel Compute Stick CS125 Computer with Windows 10 for Less than $130

It’s time to start thinking of alternate methods of computing. In this day and age of smartphones and tablets we’re used to small, portable devices. Windows computers can be just as small and portable. The Intel Compute Stick CS125 Computer is an entire computer stored on a device the size of a flash drive.

The Intel Stick plugs into any HDMI port on a monitor or TV. Simply plug it in and have a Windows 10 system at the ready. With this small of a size, it means it’s more portable than a laptop yet features Windows instead of a mobile operating system.

This tiny stick is still loaded with everything you need. It includes a Quad-Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, Windows 10, Intel HD graphics, Integrated Wireless 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Intel Stick is ready to go out of the box. All you need to do is add a keyboard and mouse combo, and you have yourself a complete Windows 10 system that will travel with you. It’s also perfect for streaming media.

There may not be a need to spend hundreds of dollars for a computer. You can get this device for just $127.57.

Intel Compute Stick CS125 Computer

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7 comments

  1. Bought one of the 1st gen versions of these when they were on Windows 8.1

    Worked quite well but problems started when it updated to Windows 10 – Intel didn’t update all the drivers for it.

    It finally failed after about 20 months & of course there are no spare parts available for it. Into landfill goes more silicon…

    For computing to be truly revolutionary in today’s market, it needs to be serviceable & repairable.

    Disposable computing makes huge profits for manufacturers, fleeces consumers of cash & is a time bomb for the environment future of the planet.

  2. I have been a systems integrator for more than 40 years. Today, I am semi-retired (I only work on 2-3 systems a week for my friends)

    From the day I purchased my first ‘stick’ drive (a 512Mbyte Intellistick) for $25 on sale at an Aldi food store in Indiana, it was obvious to me that at some point we would have an entire OS and applications (as well as data) on a stick drive – and that has been the case. We can walk to nearly any PC with a USB port, boot up and run “our stuff” without disturbing the internal drive on the computer or even having knowledge of the OS on the host.

    It was not difficult to foresee that a complete computer would soon follow. I applaud Intel’s ingenuity and am pleased that they have chosen HDMI as the port of choice for connection to video – bypassing the need for another PC to act as host.

    I can see further development and soon we will be able to make a choice in our OS (I’m certain that the fellows at unbutu.com will be the first on the alternative-to-Windows bandwagon).

    Hooray for the continued march of technology — this time in the correct direction!

    Tim Deaton
    BSME, MSIA, DDC

  3. “Windows computers can be just as small and portable.”
    ONLY Windows computers? Shouldn’t that sentence be “Computers can be just as small and portable”?

    The first thing I would do after purchasing this gizmo would be to replace Windows with Linux, unless the Windows O/S is burned into ROM.

    • IF the article were discussing various O/S complete computers, the generic “computers” would have been more appropriate language to use. The fact remains, this article was only discussing the intel Compute Stick, so the author’s language is accurate and need not be changed. Your personal predilection for Linux or alternate O/S is glaringly apparent, and in this case, reveals an unreasonable bias against the object of this article. Relax a little, and let those who either like — or even only endure — Windows to have their interest fairly represented. :-)

      • “Your personal predilection for Linux or alternate O/S is glaringly apparent”
        Really? I didn’t think it showed.

        “reveals an unreasonable bias against the object of this article”
        No. It is a bias FOR, as you refer to them, “alternate O/Ss”. And why “unreasonable”? You like Windows, I like Linux. AFAIAC, you ‘re the one with an “unreasonable bias” against alternate O/Ss. :-)

        “let those who either like — or even only endure — Windows to have their interest fairly represented”
        Do you feel that one or two comments about Linux threaten that fair representation? Don’t those that like alternate O/Ss deserve to have their interests fairly represented also.

        FYI, although I’m sure you already know this, on a vast majority of computers, Windows O/S can be more or less easily be replaced with another O/S.

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