Intels $180 Compute Stick Turns Your TV Into a Windows PC

Less than a week after the reveal $100 ASUS Chromebit, Google's computer on a stick, Intel is officially getting in the game, too.

The Intel Compute Stick is an HDMI-connected computer that runs a full version of Windows and features a quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of solid-state storage. In other words, it's a full computer that can plug right into your TV. Right now it's retailing for $180, though you can totally get a Linux version for $130. It's not as cheap as the Chromebit, but will allow you to do some things you can't with only the ChromeOS of the cheaper device.

This might be the higher-end way to turn your TV into a computer, or a great way to have a backup computer in case of disaster. Either way, it's a solid, cheaper alternative to a netbook, though you'd need a wireless keyboard and mouse to make use of your new giant computer display.