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Your old TV just became a powerful PC with computing sticks

Explore how computing sticks revolutionise home computing by transforming traditional TVs into powerful PCs.

Updated on: May 08 2024, 17:07 IST
Unleash the power of your TV with Computing Sticks. (Samsung)

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In a surprising twist, the landscape of home computing has evolved yet again. Once dominated by bulky desktops and sleek laptops, technology has now been condensed into a device no larger than a chocolate bar: the computing stick. These small, plug-and-play devices are capable of turning your old TV into a fully functional PC.

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What is a Computing Stick?

A computing stick, also referred to as a PC stick, is a compact plug-and-play device that resembles a USB flash drive. Unlike traditional USB drives that store data, computing sticks contain an entire operating system, enabling users to perform desktop-style functions on any screen with an HDMI or USB port.

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Key Features of Computing Sticks

These devices typically come with preinstalled Windows or Android operating systems and are equipped with processors from the Intel Atom or Core M series. They often boast 2-4 GB of RAM and 32-64 GB of internal storage, along with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities for connectivity. Additionally, they include ports for HDMI, USB, and MicroSD for memory expansion.

Making the Most of Your Computing Stick

To maximise your computing stick's potential, ensure compatibility with your TV's HDMI port, connect to a reliable power source, and establish a stable internet connection. Consider upgrading to models with more powerful processors and additional RAM for heavier tasks.

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Setting up a Computer Stick: A Simple Guide

Unpack your computing stick and its accessories, connect it to your TV's HDMI port, and power it up using the included adapter. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure settings such as language, WiFi connection, and account sign-in. Once set up, you can customise privacy settings and security features to your preference.

Upgrade Convenience and Functionality

While computing sticks may not replace high-performance PCs, they offer unparalleled convenience for work, browsing, streaming, and light gaming, all from the comfort of your living room.

The Rebirth of Your Old TV

With the introduction of computing sticks, your old TV has been revitalised into a powerful PC, offering a fully-fledged computing experience at a fraction of the cost of traditional setups.

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First Published Date: 08 May, 17:07 IST