Lenovo Gets Serious About $130 PC on a stick

Posted on June 29, 2015 by .

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The PC market hasn’t deviated much from its original home-market conception. Since that time, we have seen the advancements in software and faster hardware with some high definition output interface devices add to the formula. Lenovo, one of the world’s leading PC makers, is attempting to shape up the PC market in a new, small way with its newly-announce PC on a stick.

Starting at a price of $130, PC on a stick by Lenovo, dubbed the Ideacentre Stick 300, promises to deliver the performance of a Windows PC but in a bite-sized portion. What is essentially a mini-PC, is almost 4 inches wide, 1.5 inches deep and .59 inches high – nearly the size of a larger form-factor USB stick.

The idea behind PC on stick is to carry it wherever you go with unsurpassed mobility and just plug it into any HDMI port of a TV or PC monitor. In doing so, you will be able to run all onboard applications and files stored on the device, which carries up to 2GB of memory and 32GB of storage.

For connectivity to utilize the PC on a stick, the Ideacentre Stick 300 has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 along with one HDMI port, one MicroUSB 2.0 port and one SD card reader. Powering the small “workhorse” that it is, is left to an Intel Atom processor. There is even a tiny speaker built into the device.

Windows 8.1 will initially ship with the new PC on a stick and later be eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade once Microsoft drops the new operating system. Basically, use of the new Ideacentre Stick 300 will only require your home TV (that has a HDMI port), a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Lenovo’s general manager for Worldwide Desktop and Visuals, Jun Ouyang, 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.”

Whether the PC on a stick concept will pan out to be a viable option for consumers has yet to be seen. The uses for the device make sense in a world where streaming media is taking a front seat in the homes of “enabled” consumers. The PC on a stick could essentially be your gateway to an interactive TV set or means of making your work environment portable without lugging around your handy laptop. Either way, we look to give this concept a chance and see how it fairs on the new-age tech horizon.

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