Compute Plug Crams A Windows 10 Computer Inside A Tiny Wall Wart

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Unless you’re a gamer, there’s no good reason to still use a desktop tower, with so many PCs now coming in compact form factors. How compact? So compact, they can mount behind the TV or monitor. So compact, they come as a dongle that can plug into an HDMI port. So compact, they look no bigger than the phone charger you have plugged on the wall outlet. At least, the latter’s the case with the Compute Plug.

Made by Taiwan-based OEM Quanta, it’s a literal wall wart that houses a full-fledged Windows 10 computer. Just plug it on a wall outlet, hook it up to a TV via HDMI, and you’re set, ready to launch Excel and do exciting spreadsheet work all night. Or something like that.

The Compute Plug has two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port, with the former likely to be used for adding extra storage or peripherals. It will come with both Bluetooth and WiFi for wireless connectivity, although little was given in terms of specs (given that it’s an OEM product, final specs will depend on the actual brands that commission them). Microsoft is envisioning it as a living room computer that’s controlled using Cortana via a Bluetooth remote or headset, although it should be possible to use as a standard desktop with a mouse and keyboard, too.

Microsoft VP Nick Parker introduced the Compute Plug in a demonstration during his keynote address at Computex 2015 in Taiwan.

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4 Responses

  1. Britanica

    OH MY GOSH! I love this! It can turn any TV into a computer! I would love to get one of these for basic browsing. I use a laptop now and love it but sometimes I just want to lay around and this, with a wireless keyboard would be fantastic. I can’t wait to see more of these hit the store. When the price drops I will have to snag one myself.

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  2. joan s

    It seems to me that while the movers and shakers in the tech world are trying to make things so much easier and smaller for us, it’s like things are getting more complicated.

    Instead of just needing to know how to run a computer and router, you’ve now got to know how to do the bluetooth, the remotes, and be able to get comfortable with a computer the size of a magic jack.

    I love my desktop computer and I know how to hook up tvs to it, and I know how to sync youtube et al with the xbox. But things are just getting crazier and crazier.

    At some point, you want to just say OKAY, my setup works for me, and this is as far as I need to go.

    I reckon if they would incorporate some air freshener into that doo dad, it would be the perfect next best thing.

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  3. william

    This is awesome, very impressive. How much do these run?? I don’t know much about OEM Quanta, but if there’s a solid warranty and good reviews I’d be willing to give it a shot, within reason. Does mean that if you hypothetically hook this up to a computer monitor and a keyboard that it will perform just as my HP laptop does?? What’s the difference, and why not just use these along with a screen, keyboard, and mouse instead? I wonder what the speed will be in Ghz. Will it be comparable to a smaller processor like a 2.2 seen in older and even more recent Androids at around 2.4Ghz? Snapdragon processor for example? How would you install apps onto it like Microsoft Suite? The same way you do with a normal computer or laptop? How could I utilize this with my XBOX 360? I love how they just plug into the wall, but honestly they look a bit cheaply made in my opinion–but looks can be deceiving. I’d be scared to lose it!

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  4. christina

    I’ve seen devices like these before at the corner stores for around $20 but they don’t look well and i hear they don’t last long. just think how cool it would be to get one of these that were solar-powered! save tons of money, and be more economically friendly in my opinion. i like the added touch of allowing usb technology to connect to these, since thats such a trending technology in todays world. if you can hook it up to a tv via HDMI that means the possibilities are endless. just imagine the future and mobility of carrying around your ‘computer’ in the near-future. the bluetooth features pretty sweet too. does that mean hypothetically some time in the future id be able to actually read, edit, and apply content and changes on my ‘mobile-pc’ via a smart-watch? just thought!

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