Monday, November 19, 2018

Azulle Access3 Computer Stick Review

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Specs
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Processor: 64-bit Intel Gemini Lake N4100 1.1Ghz Quad-core
Memory: 4 GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 32 or 64 GB (Micro SD Card Slot Support up to 256 GB
Ethernet: Dual Band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, 1 Gigabit Ethernet Jack
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Video: Up to 4K @30fps

In The Box
The unit itself
Power cable
12" HDMI Extender Cable
Quick Start Guide


Pros:
Small
Fast
Can expand the storage
No fan
Windows 10
Portable

Cons:
No way to control it out of the box
32 gigs isn't much space for a PC (See the Pros for the expandable storage)
No microphone for Cortana

A rep from Azulle asked me if I'd like to review a new computer stick that is coming to the market.  I've came so close to buying one more than once, so I jumped at the opportunity for the review.  The whole idea behind Azulle is to replace those big-ol clunky towers with smaller,m palm size PCs that work just as good, if not better.  Not only can you use them on a computer monitor, you can plug them up to your TV as well and they are super portable.  It is larger than a typical USB stick, but it's still way smaller than a typical PC.

So the version I tested was the Azulle Access3 Windows 10 Fanless Mini PC Stick that features the Gemini Lake N4100 processor, which make this thing fast. I tested it connected to a 55" Vizio TV in the bedroom.  The only accessory that you'll need to buy is a keyboard with built in mouse so that you can type and navigate.  It would be nice if they offered a version that included a way to interact with PC. I purchased the Logitech K400 keyboard at my local Walmart for $20, it has a built in touch mouse. The other advantage of the Logitech keyboard is that you do have the option to put the Azulle computer to sleep with the touch of a button.

This can be a fun little stick PC.  It's not going to play the latest and fastest PC games, but it can handle some smaller Steam and Windows Store games. I loaded up Atari Vault on Steam and it was able to play just fine, I even connected my Steam controller to the Azulle stick without any issues.  If you have an Ethernet cable close to your TV you'd be able to stream your PC Steam games to this little stick. Along with games, you can browse the internet, watch YouTube videos, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and Windows Movies.  Unlike a Roku, Amazon Fire TV device, or Apple TV, you can multitask with the Azulle PC stick. You can finally work on your Word or Excel documents from your couch! Did I mention this little stick supports 4k? Well it does! Unlike other PC sticks, you get 2 USB ports with this one. This means you can add a microphone to use Cortana, or a camera with built in microphone to use Skype or other services such as Facebook Messenger.  I used the USB port for the keyboard and Steam controller, you can use Bluetooth devices as well.

If you're looking to add a second computer or need a computer stick for your TV, I'd definitely take a look at the Azulle Computer stick. You can find the 32 GB and 64 GB version of the computer stick at Amazon.com.  They also sell other variations at Walmart, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Adorama. This would also make a great gift for the holiday season, a little birdy told me these will be on sale on Black Friday.

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