Best Windows 10 PC Sticks Windows Central 2020
The best Windows 10 PC sticks are an instant computer; you just need to add a screen! While they aren't as handy as some of the best cheap laptops, they are extremely portable and useful when you need a little bit of computing power on the go. That's the idea at least, but it can be hard to know which one to buy. Relax, we've got you covered. We came up with a list of the best Windows 10 PC sticks available — and even included some budget options — so you can take your computer with you wherever you go.
- Cheaper intel: Intel Compute Stick 2nd Gen
- Great budget option: AWOW PC Stick
- Expandable storage: Terryza W5 Pro
- Dual-band Wi-Fi compatible: Azulle Access4 Pro
Running a 32-bit version of Windows 10, the Compute Stick allows you to have a full desktop PC anywhere you have a screen with an HDMI port. It runs Intel's Atom x5-Z8300 processor and has 2GB of RAM, making it perfectly capable of streaming HD video from your favorite services. The 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) offers limited storage space, although the microSD card slot supports cards up to 128GB if you find yourself starved for space.
With mobile versions of Microsoft Office already on board, dual-band Wi-Fi, and an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, the AWOW Mini PC is a tremendous mobile desktop for productivity. Its 32GB storage capacity can be supplemented with a microSD so that you won't be left with a lack of storage, and it's two cooling fans help keep it from overheating.
Including the Intel Atom Z8350 processor, the ACEPC W5 Pro also comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, meaning it will stream all your favorite shows and movies, and let you browse the web just fine. Much like Intel's PC stick, the microSD card slot will allow you to expand your storage capacity —up to 128GB — making it easy to store all the necessary files and apps you want. Plus, it has two USB-A ports allowing you to connect all your favorite accessories.
Pre-loaded with a full 64-bit version of Windows 10, the Azulle Access Plus comes with 64GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot that can use up to a 128GB card. Its 64-bit Intel Quad-Core processor is enough to stream movies and get your emails done, and it's dual-band Wi-Fi compatible so that you can get a reliable connection.
A pint-sized PC
Any of the options listed above is a perfect way to have a portable PC on you whenever you go! Having a small, pocket-sized PC that runs Windows 10 is a fantastic tool for anyone who finds themselves traveling a lot for work or pleasure!
For my money, I like the Intel Compute Stick 2nd Gen. Since I only need to use a PC stick for some emailing, Netflix watching, and maybe a PowerPoint or two, I don't need a super-fast processor.
If you want to save some money, however, you'll want to go with the AWOW Mini PC or the ASUS VivoStick TS10-B017D, with the latter giving you the most ports. You'll still have to spend some money, but sometimes every dollar saved counts.
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