Intel's Compute Stick is a tiny $149 PC with Windows 8.1, set to arrive in March

Would you like to have a full Windows 8.1 PC that can be held in your hand? Intel is showing off such a device during CES 2015 this week. The Intel Compute Stick is an upcoming HDMI dongle that's about the size of a Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick that's due out in March for just $149 with Windows 8.1 with Bing installed.

Inside, the Intel Compute Stick will have an Atom Bay Trail processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It connects to a monitor or TV via the HDMI connector, but it also has a microSD card slot (for adding more storage, a regular USB port and a microUSB port that's intended to be the power connection for the PC.

Tom's Hardware reports that Intel eventually plans to release updated versions of the Compute Stick that would be powered directly from the HDMI port. Future versions could also have Intel chips based on their Cherry Trail and Core M processors.

Source: Intel, Tom's Hardware

John Callaham