Lenovo’s STICK PC has a built-in-speaker and has a low price tag.
Lenovo has officially entered the stick PC competition with the announcement of the Ideacentre Stick 300 on June 23. The stick is designed to plug into any display to give it PC capabilities. Sounds cool, right. The abilities it’ll provide are such as Web browsing and Video conferencing and many more. Again I’ll say to any Display (HDMI compatible). Lenovo has specified that the Ideacentre Stick 300 will debut on retail shelves this fall in the U.S., starting at $129.
Lenovo has preloaded a free three-month trial to Microsoft Office 365 onto the stick. The Ideacentre Stick 300 comes with one HDMI port, one MicroUSB 2.0 port and an SD card reader. Interestingly, this stick PC includes a tiny speaker, so it can provide audio capabilities even to displays with no speakers of their own. Now thats something unique trait for a stick PC, as far as we can tell.
The pocket-sized stick PC is 15mm thin and comes with Intel Baytrail Processor , 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage. However you can insert a MicroSd card . Although it will initially ship with Windows 8.1, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to users, as is for all Windows 8.1 systems now.
In addition to being compatible with the latest OS from Microsoft, the Ideacentre Stick 300 comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity. It can function with a 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse for typing purposes as well.
We’ve looked at the computing needs of travelers, business people and families, and realized that a truly portable and affordable solution would be a significant benefit to users of all kinds,
said Jun Ouyang, vice president and general manager of Worldwide Desktop and Visuals at Lenovo.
Here is the link to Lenovo’s official page of Ideacentre™ Stick 300
Lenovo is one of the late-comers to the game in terms of stick PC. Intel has already launched the Compute Stick, which comes with an Intel quad-core processor for $150. CTL debuted its own Compute Stick at the beginning of the year as well, which retails for $159.
It actually makes a lot of sense over these streaming boxes by Roku, Amazon and Apple not cheap enough to compete with the chromecast though. Make sure to tell us what you think about it.