Lenovo unveils Ideacentre 300 computing stick
Lenovo has just announced a new pocket-sized compute stick which intends to stand out from the rest of the crowd, since it will be capable of delivering powerful computing experiences to consumers without breaking the bank. Just how much power does it pack underneath the hood? It will start from under $130 a pop, and when it works alongside a 2.4GHz keyboard and mouse, the new Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300 is capable of turning just about any modern monitor into a PC, as it supports a web-enabled, Windows ready work or entertainment station.
You can say that this is a “mini-me” of the traditional desktop PC, and yet it comes in a pocket friendly form factor. We are talking about it being just 15mm thin, where it will feature 2GB RAM, an Intel Atom Processor Z3735F, and 32GB of internal memory. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.0, letting you remain connected at any time. Best of all is, even though it runs on Windows 8.1 as the operating system of choice, you can opt to upgrade it to Windows 10 from July 29 onward.
It looks like the likes of the Intel Compute Stick has a competitor in the wings, and chances are this will be more complementary than function as a replacement for dedicated desktop and notebook machines. Just like the Intel Compute Stick, it is more or less a stick that has a HDMI port, allowing you to hook it up to a TV or a monitor (via HDMI, of course), which will transform your TV or monitor into a computing device. Granted, with that kind of hardware specifications, you will not be able to do any kind of heavy duty computing functions, but it does work great for basic stuff such as checking emails, typing out reports, the works. Just make sure you have a decent keyboard and pointing device attachment to go along with it.