Well, considering we’ve had computers in our pockets for the better part of this century, I guess it’s no surprise that pocket-sized desktop computers are now upon us in force. Intel has their own, and now more and more PC manufacturers are getting into the act. Next up is Lenovo, who announced their ideacentre Stick 300 today. It’s a pocket PC the size of a flash drive packed with tablet-grade hardware.
The small size seems about right considering what the stick is — it’s your average tablet, with the display, cameras, (some) connectivity hardware, and batteries stripped out. That leaves you with a flash drive-sized device that can effectively turn any display or television into a Windows PC in a snap. The Stick hooks up to displays using a full-sized HDMI port, like other stick devices including other pocket PCs and media streamers like Chromecast and the Fire TV Stick.
Inside, the Stick has a 1.83 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F mobile processor and 2 GB of RAM, along with 32 GB of internal storage and an SD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi are built into the device, which also has one Micro USB port for connectivity. There are even tiny speakers in there, although I’m guessing you’re probably going to be using something else for audio. Those speakers might come in handy in a pinch, though, especially for the emergency computing situations that this stick is designed for. Then again, it’s not perfect for emergencies, either — you’ll still need a mouse and keyboard if you’re going to be running around turning any display into your own PC.
It’s not a very powerful PC, like most other stick PCs, but if you want a really, really mobile desktop PC, these sticks seem like a good solution. In any event, they’re pretty cheap (although not overly so when compared to a budget tablet with similar specs) — the Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300 will be $130 when it becomes available online sometime in the near future. The Stick will also hit stores sometime this fall.