That old Blackmagic puts raw video in your pocket

Blackmagic, maker of affordable 4K video cameras.

When Intel’s original Compute Stick was released awhile ago – many people had pretty big expectations about it. Nevertheless it ended up being a huge upset sales wise. Indeed, the idea of using computer of a USB flash drive size was tempting, to say the least. Disadvantages it had though resulted in a mass market rejection (only one USB port?!). But now, with Intel’s second-gen Compute Stick ($159) out on the market – it looks drastically different to that previous situation. And though it may look kind of similar – the list of advantages in comparison to the previous model is big. Faster processor, better networking and more USB ports — to actually make it a usable computer. Original Compute Stick looked and worked just like a prototype that left Intel’s labs before designers ever tried to do something with it. However, as soon as you take a closer look at this new generation stick, it looks user-friendly and actually usable. Instead of square, rectangular style, now it displays smooth curves and edges, perforated openings for its tiny fans (previously they looked like cheap grilles molded into plastic).

So talking of benefits again, the Compute Stick has a microSD slot for an additional 128GB of storage (on top of the 32GB of internal storage). There’s also a micro-USB port to use for powering the device up. You nevertheless will need to use it with an AC adapter, unfortunately, which makes it less portable, than advertised originally.

And as Intel representative told us, the company is actively exploring the SuperMHL standard. That one can employ HDMI to give power up to the Stick. For that purpose, specifically an additional button lives on the side of the Compute Stick. And this time around there’s even a cap to protect the HDMI connector. That should make it much better fit for handling in a bag or pocket.

That’s all Folks! See you soon.

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