Five desktop PCs that fit in your pocket: Intel Compute Stick, Google's Chromebit and more

Stick PCs take the desktop computers of old and shrink them into pocket-sized gadgets.

The market is hotting up, with upcoming offerings from Intel and Google. Here's what's around and in the wings.

Compute Stick

The Intel Compute Stick plugs into displays via HDMI and ships with either Windows 8.1 for $149 or Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) for $110.

Specs are comparable to a mid-range tablet, with a quad-core Intel Z3735F Bay Trail processor and integrated graphics.

Hardware varies depending on the OS. The Windows version has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Linux version has 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. Connectivity includes full-sized and micro USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Image: Intel

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.