Lenovo has announced its presence in the PC on a Stick market with the IdeaCentre Stick 300, a full Windows computer residing on a stick. The leading Chinese tech company apparently has its sight on competing with Intel’s Compute Stick with this flash drive-like device, which comes at a cheaper price.
The PC-on-a-stick is targeted at those people who are almost always on the road.
Description and Specifications
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 is a very compact device measuring just 15 millimetres in terms of thickness. You will hardly feel it in your pocket, even though it contains way more than its size might suggest. The device features a black body like the Intel Compute Stick.
The tiny PC packs an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, which runs at speeds of up to 1.33 GHz. The quad-core chip is able to deliver processing speeds of up to 1.83 GHz through Intel Turbo Boost technology. That performance level is decent for a PC this small.
The chip used for the Lenovo IdeaCentre 300 Stick is accompanied by decent RAM of 2GB capacity.
Inbuilt storage is 32 GB. On one side of Lenovo IdeaCentre 300 Stick is a microSD card to allow users add more storage space to the mini desktop PC, which also has a USB port on its other side. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, just like the Compute Stick.
Full Windows PC
Much like its rival from Intel, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 packs the power of a full desktop PC on a stick. You only need an HDMI port on a computer monitor or a compatible TV set to tap into the built-in power.
Just attach a mouse and a keyboard and you are good to carry out normal computer operations such as web surfing, document typing, game playing and online shopping right on your TV screen.
The mini PC is powered by Windows 8.1 operating system, but it is eligible for a free upgrade when the latest Windows 10 becomes available. It can also perform the streaming function of devices such as Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Pricing and availability
Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 is not yet available in Nigeria. Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 price in Nigeria is expected to start at around N25,000, depending on your location and the configuration of the laptop.