While Intel and Microsoft might have had the first official crack at a USB stick-based computer, Lenovo have officially joined the fray with the Ideacentre Stick 300.
The PC manufacturer announced the Ideacentre this Tuesday, with the aim to deliver an ultra-portable Windows PC which can run through just about any HDMI monitor or television.
At just 3.94″ in length and .59″ in width, the Ideacentre shares a similar size and form factor to colloquial USB drives.
The Ideacentre runs Windows 8.1 – and will be eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade come July 29th – and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.
Internally, the Ideacentre sports 2 gigabytes of RAM and and up to 32 gigabytes of internal flash storage. Additionally, the Ideacentre supports WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader for media playback, alongside a tiny built-in speaker.
Externally, the Ideacentre offers one HDMI and one MicroUSB port for easy connect-ability – ensuring that the tiny PC will run across a variety of displays.
Lenovo and Microsoft have jointly bundled a three month trial of Office 365 as part of the package – however, users will need to supply their own wireless mouse and keyboard.
Lenovo’s intent with the Ideacentre is to produce an easily portable work or media PC for travelers and users who are frequently on-the-go. “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, Lenovo’s general manager for Worldwide Desktop and Visuals.
The Ideacentre closely competes with Intel’s Compute Stick, and to a lesser degree, Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV streaming dongles.
The Ideacentre Stick 300 will be available from July from Lenovo’s website as well as retail stores, and will cost $130 USD.