PC Sticks have been around for a few years now, but the I-O Data Clip PC is one of the most distinctive models I’ve seen in a while.
Like an Intel Compute Stick, the Clip PC is basically a computer packed into a small, pocket-sized device that has an HDMI connector on one end, allowing you to plug the whole computer directly into a port on a TV or monitor.
But this model is kind of like the Compute Stick’s husky sibling: it’s not as long as Intel’s latest model, but it’s a bit wider. It’s also more powerful than an entry-level Intel Compute Stick, thanks to an Atom x5-Z8550 processor.
The Compute Stick I reviewed last year, by comparison, had an Atom x5-Z8300 chip.
The I-O Data Clip PC has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, a microSDXC card slot, and a headset jack.
It measures 76mm x 46mm x 15mm (about 3″ x 1.8″ x 0.6″) and has a power button on top, and you’ll also find ventilation for the internal fan on top of the PC stick.
While some devices in this category use micro USB ports for power, the Clip PC has a dedicated 5V DC power jack.
I-O Data is launching the Clip PC in Japan for 29,800 yen, or about $265. There’s no word on if or when it will be available in other markets, but PCs tend to carry higher price tags in Japan. So if this model does make it overseas, I wouldn’t expect it to cost that much.