This Monday, June 22, 2015, Lenovo had announced it’s entering the mini-PC market with its Ideacentre Stick 300 – a pocket computer no bigger than a regular USB thumb drive.
Starting at $129, the company‘s new creation is designed to deliver the performance of a Windows PC in a bite-sized portion.
The Ideacentre Stick 300 is only 100 mm long, 38 mm wide and 15 mm high, which makes it ideal for those who need access to their data on the go – just connect it to a monitor with an HDMI port and you can use it for web surfing, video streaming or working on your projects.
Powered by Intel’s Bay Trail Z3735F CPU, loaded with four processor cores running at a max speed of 1.83 GHz, and a 646 MHz Intel HD Graphics video card, this pocket PC will carry up to 2 GB of memory and as much as 32 GB of on-board storage – just enough to deliver a smooth computing experience and provide users with enough virtual space to keep all of their most needed files.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are also included for wireless connectivity, as well as an HDMI port, one MicroUSB 2.0 port, one SD card reader, one USB Type-A Connector and a small speaker for audio playback.
The stick, controlled with a mouse and keyboard that users will have to buy separately, comes with Windows 8.1 (Bing pre-installed), but will be eligible for a free update to Windows 10 as soon it gets released on July 29.
For text editing and presentations, the Ideacentre will also ship with a 3-month trial version of the latest Microsoft Office package.
“We’ve looked at the computing needs of travellers, business people and families, and realized that a truly portable and affordable solution would be a significant benefit to users of all kinds,” Jun Ouyang, Lenovo’s General Manager for Worldwide Desktop and Visuals, said in a press release. “Our goal with the Ideacentre Stick 300 is to give those users a sense of freedom and enhanced mobility, while packing a serious punch in a small device.”
While it isn’t likely that such a PC would cut it for most people’s everyday needs, it might well become a viable option for students and those wishing to add computing capabilities to a spare monitor on the cheap.
The $129 price tag – $21 lower than Intel’s Compute Stick, which started shipping in April – helps push Lenovo’s version into impulse-buy territory, although users who require more power may want to wait for the Core M Compute Stick, supposedly coming this winter with twice the storage and RAM.
Although Lenovo had promised to cut down on pre-loaded software on their devices – a common margin-boosting tactic among PC makers – it remains to be seen why its tiny PC contender is so much cheaper than the competition.
Starting in July, the Ideacentre Stick 300 will be up for sale on Lenovo’s website as well as a number of other retail stores.