As expected, Lenovo is entering the PC-on-a-stick business with a new tiny computer called the IdeaCentre Stick 300.
That’s about $20 less than the street price of Intel’s PC stick, but Lenovo’s device has the same basic specs including an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. It has an HDMI connector, a micro USB 2.0 port (for power), a full-sized USB port, and an SD card reader.
Lenovo will initially ship its PC stick with Windows 8.1 with Bing software, but it’ll be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 starting July 29th, and the company will sell the stick with Windows 10 pre-instlaled later this year.
The stick also comes with a 3-month free trial of Microsoft Office 365.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 measures 3.9″ x 1.5″ x 0.6″. Like other PC sticks, it’s designed to turn pretty much any display into a full-fledged Windows computer. Just plug it into the HDMI port on your PC, connect a power source, and then connect a USB or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you can surf the web, watch internet video, or play casual games from your couch, set up a cheap PC for your kids, set up a digital signage system, or just have a portable PC that you can stick in your pocket and carry with you on the go.