Just days after Google announced an affordable Chrome OS computer the size of a pack of chewing gum, Lenovo has unveiled the ideacentre Stick 300 – a £130 Windows PC the size of a slightly larger pack of gum.
The Stick 300 plugs into the HDMI socket of any TV or monitor and, when paired with a wireless keyboard and mouse, turns it into a fully functioning Windows 8.1 PC. And yes, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free when that arrives on 29th July.
Despite being just 15mm thick, it sports an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of memory and 32GB of on-board storage, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. So while it’s not going to run The Witcher 3 or anything, there’s a solid little PC there for doing all your basic computing tasks like web browsing, email, video playback and presentations.
The idea is that you can carry this thing around with you all the time and, should you need to do a bit of PCing, plug it into the nearest TV, monitor or projector. Now nobody will be able to escape your holiday photo slideshow.
One thing to note before you head to Dixons or Amazon to buy the ideacentre Stick 300 is that the £130 does not include tax, so assuming that standard VAT is added the price will end up around £156. It’s due to arrive at some point in July.
It won’t be the only tiny PC around this summer, either. As well as the aforementioned Google Chromebit, Intel has already released its own Windows-based Compute Stick. It looks like 2015 could be the year that the pocketable PC finally became a real thing.