“Size does matter” still valid in PC world. It related to the efficiency of space that you have. So, some PC vendor keep on developing an effective form factor for their computer. Apple keep doing innovation to their iMac so it can be thinner and more beautiful. So does with China’s largest PC vendor: Lenovo. This Lenovo small computer named Ideacenter Stick 300. When i saw its picture for the first time, the first thought was to change my LED TV into PC instantly. It’s really cool! Try to guess, what OS can you get? Full Windows 8.1 which can be updated to Windows 10 later.
Let discuss about this tiny device, what are contained in its small form? This new device is designed to be taken anywhere and can transform almost any display into a Windows computer. It’s used HDMI as the output display connector. At glance it’s looked like my old MP3 player in 2003 but with computerization ability.
Lenovo Ideacenter Stick 300 has amazingly cheap price at $139. Its comes with the following specs:
- Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU
- Up to 2GB of RAM
- Up to 32GB of storage
- WiFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- 1 x HDMI, 1x Micro USB 2.0, SD card reader
- a full-sized USB 2.0 port
- Windows 8.1 with Bing
That spec is similar to a low end tablet. We still cannot confirm yet about the maximum resolution which is supported by this system. I think, Intel will release a technology which support minimum 1080p capability. with the support of bluetooth 4.0, you can use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Due to its interface display is HDMI, we supposed to be able to use the speaker of LED TV/ monitor which has speaker inside, because its native internal speaker seems has a limited sound range.
This is a form factor which seems will be loved much for average needs of computer such as productivity office, browsing, etc. Of course, we still cannot expect to do a design application or high end gaming in this computer.
Lenovo confirmed that Ideacenter Stick 300 which are going to be sold, will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29. Lenovo didn’t mention specifically when they will start to sell it and about its availability in Lenovo’s online store