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