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Often people ask us what computer they should use for their PowerPoint information screens, or digital signage screens. We have written an article on digital signage and in there, we give some information on what digital signage is, what our products can do, and what type of computers and screens you need to accomplish all of this.

intel compute stick unwrappedBut now recently, Intel released a new product called the Intel Compute Stick. This new device is a Windows 8.1 computer stick that you plug directly into your HDMI port of your television or computer screen. And it is very small at the size of a GSM. The dimensions are roughly 10 cm by 4 cm and 1.2 cm thick, or 4″ by 1.5″ and 0.5″ thick. That is a computer that you barely can see when it is plugged in into a television, or much easier to hide away.

holding intel compute stick in handSometimes customers have questions on how to secure a full computer connected to television screen in a public area. Of course there are kiosk solutions where you can lock your computer in a frame, but they are expensive. With this new device (and compact computers in general), you have a small device for a big problem.

The computer stick comes with a Windows 8.1 32 bits installation and can now be upgraded to Windows 10 for free.

Further technical specifications are:

  • intel compute stick with all components2 GB system memory
  • 32 GB flash storage
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics with a maximal resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • Integrated 802.11bgn wireless connection
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1x Micro SD card slot
  • Audio: Intel HD Audio via HDMI

So the biggest advantage of this compute stick is that it is very small and that you plug it in directly in your computer screen or television. If needed, you can use a longer HDMI cable to put the device a bit further away from your screen, at a safe location.

compute stick connected on television screen for digital signageImportant to know is the pricing. This device with Windows 8.1 (they are sold with Ubuntu too) costs around EUR 180 or USD 150.

To configure this device, you can easily plug in a cordless keyboard by inserting the keyboard USB plug into the compute stick’s USB port. Once configured and already use in your television, remove this keyboard.

And this device is running Windows 8.1 or 10, so this means that you can perfectly install Microsoft Office with the full Microsoft PowerPoint, or use the free Microsoft PowerPoint viewer.

The PresentationPoint software that the user can use on this device for information screens or digital signage screens are:

  • MessagePoint for a PowerPoint screen saver solution for communication needs.
  • DataPoint for data driven and real-time information on screen.
  • iPoint as a digital signage player with our digital signage player software to play back advertising and information from remote, and with scheduling and distribution capabilities.

digital signage television screen with compute stick connectedDownload and customize our free digital signage templates now. Use PresentationPoint software to empower your information screens. It is very easy to use Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows for your information screens. Easy to make changes to your information without learning and buying new software.

Also read: 9 Ways to Optimize PowerPoint for Information Screens

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