Lenovo's ideastick Stick 300 puts Windows in your pocket
At first glance Lenovo's new ideastick Stick 300 might look like an oversized memory stick, but it's actually a fully-fledged Windows PC. The tiny PC has a lot going for it, offering reasonable (though obviously low-end) specs at a slightly more appealing price point to a similar Intel product we saw earlier this year.
The ideastick Stick 300 is designed to transform an HDMI-equipped TV or monitor into a fully-functional Windows PC. It's meant to be affordable and portable, making it useful for numerous use cases, such as taking it on vacation and using it as a media hub.
Of course, you're not going to find the most exciting hardware inside such a tiny chassis, but the Stick 300 doesn't do too badly, offering 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, while running on an Intel Atom Processor (Z3735F).
It'll ship with Windows 8.1, but like other machines running Redmond's current OS, will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when in launches on July 29. Connectivity shouldn't be an issue either, with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 on board, as well as a microSD card slot.
We've seen products like this before. Intel's own Compute Stick was released back in March, and while there's a lower-end, Ubuntu-powered option available for just US$89, the Windows variant matches the specs of Lenovo's new product, but comes in $20 more expensive.
That makes the Stick 300 look like a pretty good buy if you're in the market for an ultra-portable Windows solution. The design is simple and functional looking, measuring just 15 mm (0.59 in) thick.
The ideastick Stick 300 will launch in July for $129.