Since the first mainstream TV stick devices from the likes of Amazon and Google hit the market the growth in their popularity has exploded. These simple thumb sized products are easy to use, portable and packed with features. The majority of TV sticks are based on the Android operating system and it was only a matter of time before Windows got involved. With a Windows TV stick you have a greater level of functionality available to you. You can run pretty much any application built for the Windows PC and also carry your office around in your pocket. In the post we look at the 3 Best Windows TV stick devices on the market today.
Best PC TV Stick Price Compare
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|Intel||1.83GHz, 2GB DDR3, 32 GB Storage|
|Intel||2.2GHz, 4GB DDR3, 64GB Storage|
|Meegopad||1.84GHz, 4GB DDR3, 64GB Storage|
|Sumvision||1.83GHz, 2GB DDR3, 32GB Storage|
3 Best Windows TV Stick Devices – Alternatives to Android
– For Performance
The cream of the crop for performance when you are looking for the best Windows TV stick is the Intel Compute. You would expect nothing less from one of the giants of the computing world. Intel Compute is built for the Windows 10 operating system and is a little bigger than the Amazon Firestick. It is the most expensive of the Windows TV stick options but I really feel that you get what you pay for. The Intel Compute Windows TV stick comes in two flavors. Firstly the cheaper version (STK1AW32SC) comes with a 1.83GHz Atom Z3735F CPU, 2GB DDR3 memory and 32GB storage. The more advanced model (STK2M3W64CC) comes with a 2.2GHz M3-6Y30 CPU, 4GB DD3 memory and 64GB of storage.
One of the simple but great things that makes the one of the best Windows TV stick devices is the fact that it contains expansion ports. Data transfers to TV stick devices are often difficult. With Intel Compute it is simple with both a micro SSD slot and a full fat USB port. You can connect any device that you would connect to your standard desktop PC! Intel Compute is a device that can replace your home office. Complete your office documents at home and then take your full desktop with you to a customer site. Intel Compute is well built, versatile and one of the top performing Windows TV sticks. It is currently the best Windows TV stick out there in terms of performance.
Intel Compute is perhaps the best PC TV stick. Read our full Intel Compute Review.
– For Price
We now come on to the value for money best PC TV stick, the MeeGopad T08 Pro. MeeGopad have now produced multiple revisions of their Windows TV stick and it is continually getting better and better. The MeeGopad T08 Pro is the only Windows TV stick out there that comes close to the Intel Compute (STK2M3W64CC) in terms of performance and it is more cost effective. With the Atom 1.84GHz CPU the clock rate is slightly slower but you get the benefits of 4GB DDR3 memory and 64GB of on-board storage.
The MeeGopad T08 Pro also comes with the highest number of expansion ports in our best Windows TV stick list with 2X USB 2.0 and 2X micro USB. It comes with both Bluetooth and Wifi and a fully licensed version of Windows 10 Home edition. The will offer you the closest performance to the Intel Compute STK2M3W64CC but for a much more affordable price.
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– For Versatility
Sumvision make some fantastic media playing solutions and the Cyclone Windows Mini PC Dongle is no exception. As the name suggests it is built for the Windows 10 operating system. It allows you to replace your desktop PC with a smaller more portable device. The Sumvision Cyclone Windows Mini PC dongle has a similar spec to the base Intel Compute and uses the same Atom CPU. You get the 1.83GHz Quad-Core Atom Z3735F, 2GB DDR 3 memory and 32GB of on-board storage.
One area that the leads the way in the best Windows TV stick debate is its connectivity. It comes with both the standard Bluetooth and Wireless functions but also has a LAN port. If you are planning on using your Windows TV stick for streaming or gaming then this will give you the best possible internet speeds. You also get 2X micro USB and 1X USB 2.0 ports. The Cyclone Windows Mini PC is somewhat larger in size than similar devices but you would expect this with so much connectivity. The design of the product looks great and is one of the best PC TV stick devices due to its price.
If you are looking for an Android based TV stick device [Read: Amazon Fire TV Stick Price Compare & Review]
Best Windows TV Stick -Final Thoughts
There are now a handful of Windows TV sticks on the market. Which one is best for you depends on your needs. The Intel Compute is the perfect choice for gaming or applications that require computing power. If you want performance and storage but the Intel compute does not fit into your budget then go with the MeeGopad. If the TV stick is to become one of your main media streaming devices then the Cyclone dongle will offer you the very best network connectivity. Either way, Windows on a TV stick is definitely the way forward. You will not be disappointed with the functionality of our 3 best PC TV stick devices.