The Quantum Access Windows 8.1 Mini PC Intel Stick and other devices like it work as advertised, and rival any low-priced Windows or Android device in terms of performance. It’s hard not be impressed by that, considering its size. The issue for users is whether they’d be better served by a similarly-priced tablet, which will have a camera, microphone, touchscreen, and function away from a power source.
Looking at the bigger picture, the fact that the Stick requires not only an HDMI monitor, but also at least two accessories (mouse and keyboard), limits its utility to most typical users. As a prototype or concept device, this product succeeds. It could herald a new beginning for embeddable Windows PCs. Or maybe the enterprise, or more specifically data centers, will take to it as an inexpensive PC with a small footprint and low power needs.
- It’s a small, low-cost, low-power PC
- Acceptable performance
- Full-sized USB and microSD card slot
- Bluetooth performance skittish
- With small size come hardware limitations
- Form factor necessitates accessories (keyboard and mouse)