The Lenovo LINK is a tiny device that looks like a USB flash drive… and you can use it as one. But the LINK is much more than a USB drive with 32GB of storage.
Plug it into a Windows computer and then plug an Android phone into the LINK and you can view your phone’s screen on your PC and use your computer’s keyboard and touchpad or mouse to remote control your phone.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The LINK has a few other tricks up its sleeve as well.
Lenovo says the LINK should be available for purchase in March for $39.
You can also copy and paste text between you PC and your phone, transfer files, or even drag your PC mouse cursor over to your phone as if it were an external display and use your keyboard and mouse to control the phone even if you’re not mirroring the display on your PC.
Have some videos on you phone, but prefer to watch them on a big screen? You can do that too. Just connect the LINK, open your video, and you can play it in full screen on you PC. Audio and video should play on your PC.
The LINK also has 32GB of storage, so you could actually just use it as a USB flash drive, although there are cheaper options if that’s all you need.
While this is a Lenovo product, you don’t need a Lenovo phone or PC to use it. Just install an app from the Google Play Store on a phone running Android 5.0 or later to get started. The LINK will install the necessary drivers on a PC running Windows 7 or later the first time you plug it in.
When the LINK is connected to a USB port on your computer, you’ll see a USB port on the other side of the LINK. Use that to connect your phone as if you were plugging it directly into your PC, and you should be good to go.
Lenovo says the LINK supports USB 3.0, but it should work just fine on computers that only have USB 2.0 ports.