Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 Brings Intel Atom-Powered Windows 8 And Soon Windows 10 To Any Display With HDMI

Move over, Intel Compute Stick; there’s a new sheriff in town in the miniature PC realm. Lenovo today pulled the wraps off its ideacentre Stick 300 which manages to cram an Intel Atom processor into a stick that measure just 3.94-inches x 1.5-inches x 0.59-inches.
Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300

The minuscule ideacentre Stick 300 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” processor — which has a base frequency of 1.33GHz and can burst to 1.83GHz — and comes configured with 2GB of RAM. You’ll find 32GB of internal storage along while standard connectivity features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro USB 2.0 port, an microSD reader, and one HDMI port (for plugging the device into an external display). Attach the included power cord, and pair a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you’ll be all set.

“Imagine transforming the traditional TV in a vacation rental into a smart multi-media hub, capable of streaming a movie, video chatting with relatives or editing a work document on the fly,” describes Lenovo, setting the stage for usage scenarios for its ideacentre Stick 300. “Convert the dusty monitor lurking in a spare bedroom into a web-enabled homework station, or transform a coveted man-cave into a home cinema.”

Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300

The ideacentre Stick 300 will be available in select markets starting this summer, and will come preloaded with Windows 8.1. However, the device will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it it launches on July 29. The ideacentre Stick 300 will launch this fall in the United States with a price tag of $129.

For comparison, an Intel Compute Stick will run you $149 via Amazon with the exact same hardware specs and included Windows 8.1 operating system.