Archos is the latest company to introduce a tiny Windows computer-on-a-stick. Plug the Archos PC Stick into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor and you’ve basically got a full-fledged (if low-power) desktop computer. All you need to complete the package is a keyboard, mouse, or wireless control.
Archos says its PC stick will sell for about $99.
That makes the Archos PC Stick about $50 cheaper than an Intel Compute Stick with similar specs and $30 cheaper than Lenovo’s PC stick.
Like those devices, the Archos PC Stick features an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a full-sized USB port. There’s an HDMI connector on one end which you can plug directly into your display.
The stick measures about 4.5″ x 1.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs just over 2 ounces.
This isn’t the first Windows PC-on-a-stick to be priced below $100. There are a handful of similarly-priced devices available form Chinese companies. But the Archos PC Stick is one of the first in this price range that’s likely to be sold directly by US retailers (which means you probably won’t need to buy one that ships directly from China).
Archos says the PC Stick will ship with Windows 10 software, which means it probably won’t be available until after July 29th (when Microsoft officially releases the operating system).