When you think of a desktop computer, what instantly comes to mind? You likely picture a large computer tower sitting on the surface of your desk, or perhaps even the floor because of its large and obnoxious size. Whatever the case may be, I think we can all agree in saying that the average desktop PC isn't something we enjoy seeing. It's meant to be out of the way, and not something that adds clutter to an already crowded workspace.
Thankfully, the above scenario doesn't have to be true — and the quickly growing PC stick market is proving that. But what is a PC stick, you ask? It's exactly what it sounds like. A PC stick is a fully functional computer (usually running Windows) that is designed to fit inside of a small plug-and-play form factor by the way of HDMI and powered by any standard wall outlet.
Using a PC stick, such as the Azulle Access Plus, can introduce some interesting opportunities in regards to how you get your work done — especially if you often find yourself preferring a desktop experience over what a notebook typically offers.
So, let's talk about the Access Plus and what it has to offer. Surely you can't expect much from something that is smaller than your hand, right? I think you'd be surprised. But only if you keep your expectations realistic.
Sporting a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom CherryTrail CPU and 2GB of DDR3L RAM (upgradable to 4GB), the Access Plus is perfect for streaming 1080p HD video, such as YouTube and Netflix. It also features dual USB ports for adding accessories like a keyboard and mouse, but the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 makes pairing wireless peripherals even more convenient.
Storage may be a problem for some users, as the Access Plus includes only 32GB of onboard flash storage. However, using the included Micro SD slot allows up to 128GB of additional storage — perfect for storing movies, photos and music. After all, PC sticks like the Access Plus are perfect for media playback. Its plug-and-play functionality is really that easy.
While the Access Plus has built-in Wi-Fi, users do have the option of using the included Ethernet jack. This is something you could not get with the previous version of the Access Plus, so it's nice to see that Azulle isn't afraid to give old technology some attention.
Speaking of old technology, there is indeed a headphone jack. While I don't see the average person using this feature all that much, at least the convenience is there.
Talking about performance, I was careful to say "keep your expectations realistic" previously for a reason. This is a PC stick we're talking about, not an overpowered workstation. While you can use the Access Plus for everyday work, don't expect to be gaming on this thing. Sure, it's possible, but I don't exactly recommend it. Solitaire? Okay, fine. But anything else? Just no.
Starting at $139, I think you'll enjoy the Access Plus. It's a handy little gadget for those situations where you'll quickly need access to a computer that runs Windows 10, and quite well at that. Buy it on Amazon here.