The stick comes with Windows 8.1, but will be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 when Microsoft releases its new operating system on July 29. The mini-PC is only 3.94 inches wide, 1.5 inches deep and. Apart from the monitor, users will only need a mouse and keyboard.
Lenovo has officially entered the PC stick game with the announcement of the Ideacentre Stick 300 on June 23.
It’s not that Lenovo is offering an inferior quality PC stick, but rather, the Chinese firm’s tactic to reduce pre-loaded software is helping lower its cost. Lenovo has specified that the Ideacentre Stick 300 will debut on retail shelves this fall in the USA, starting at $129.
This is also a new market for Lenovo, which is already No. 1 in the worldwide PC market and No. 3 in the smartphone market.
Aside from the price and some minor aesthetic differences, these two PC sticks are almost identical. Intel’s $150 model offers an Intel Atom processor, 2 GB of memory, and 32 GB eMMC flash storage. The mini PC represents a new challenge in which the company will compete with other PC-on-a-stick makers, such as Intel and Microsoft. They both have 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a MicroSD card slot, a full-sized USB 2.0 port, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
While it’s not meant to be used as a full-blown personal computer, or one that can easily fit within an enterprise, the device could find favor with consumers looking for a PC that can fit nearly anywhere and turn anything with an HDMI port into a bare-bones computer. A three-month trial of Windows Office will be offered with the purchase of the stick.
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“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”, Ouyang said.
The upgradability to Windows 10 could prove a key selling point for business buyers and developers.
“We can position this stick PC as a cheap alternative to PC”. If you’re one of the people who mirror their PC onto their TV’s, this is a sure bet.
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