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Offline fortunz  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 6, 2016 3:28:09 AM(UTC)
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http://liliputing.com/20...u-now-available-317.html

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CDW is taking orders for a model with no operating system for $317, and Amazon has a Windows 10 version for $385. B&H is also selling the Windows model for $389.

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In a nutshell, the Core M Compute Stick offers about 2-3 times the CPU and graphics performance of a model with an Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor in most tests. The improvements over the older Atom Z3735F-powered model are even greater.

If I were going to buy a pc stick, it would either be bottom of the barrel cheapest streaming only, or this. I don't think I'd shop much in between. It's pricey, more than my desktop, but it's tantalizingly capable too.

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 6, 2016 1:17:23 PM(UTC)
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And with the comfort of being on your couch with the TV as your monitor, I reccomend the compute stick.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 6, 2016 6:24:38 PM(UTC)
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The nice thing about these is they useful for more than just streaming to the couch. It's a real computer for any monitor or projector.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, April 6, 2016 7:37:15 PM(UTC)
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The nice thing about these is they useful for more than just streaming to the couch. It's a real computer for any monitor or projector.

Yeah, I guess, but the big curb appeal is ease of access to the internet from your couch on the TV :P

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#5 Posted : Wednesday, April 6, 2016 8:19:40 PM(UTC)
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If all you wanted was tv use, whether streaming or general purpose computing, would you really buy the core m version? The tv appeal remains a part of it's toolkit, but all that extra power, and that sizeable $400 price tag, seems to beg for a greater variety of uses. The Atom compute sticks and even stuff like fire tv and roku would be tough for this to compete with for someone only looking to smartify their tvs.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, April 7, 2016 1:52:54 AM(UTC)
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If all you wanted was tv use, whether streaming or general purpose computing, would you really buy the core m version? The tv appeal remains a part of it's toolkit, but all that extra power, and that sizeable $400 price tag, seems to beg for a greater variety of uses. The Atom compute sticks and even stuff like fire tv and roku would be tough for this to compete with for someone only looking to smartify their tvs.

Yeah...I suppose

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#7 Posted : Thursday, April 7, 2016 3:46:25 AM(UTC)
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The most extensive review I've seen: http://www.linuxium.com.au/reviews/stk2m3w64cc

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