The main thing regards the Intel-based sticks I’ve found so far is that they’re thermally challenged. They will work, unless they get a little hot (eg. in direct sunlight) and then they start crashing. They also got a very tiny fan which is very whiny when it kicks in.
I’ve run into a bit of an issue regards the GPL with MINIX devices so I no longer recommend them although their hardware is good, they illegally refuse to release the modifications they make to the Linux kernel to make their hardware work, one of their forum moderators has quoted me $2000 to make the modifications on my behalf.
Anything currently based on Amlogic S912 is also running too hot and crashes. It seems the S905 is better at this point although slightly slower. I’ve ordered now from another company (ODROID C2) which does have the GPL sources available to their Android builds and I’ll be testing that upcoming week.
There are various Intel TV boxes based around Atom and Celeron which is what some of the recommendations run. I don’t think a stick is large enough to handle the heat load, a well designed box probably is.