This little known Indian brand called iBall, in partnership with Microsoft, literally just unveiled a regional rival for the Intel Compute Stick, and already, there’s a new contender for the title of best thumb-sized PC.
For a freshly created market segment that seemed straight out of a sci-fi movie six or nine months ago, you sure get plenty of PC-on-a-stick choice these days. Technically, starting in July, when the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 is headed to store shelves, probably around the world.
No point sizing it up against the Splendo, while compared to the device that laid all the groundwork, the Ideacentre Stick 300 has a seemingly decisive advantage. The cheapest Intel Compute Stick configuration costs $149.99 on Amazon, which is 20 bucks more than the introductory price of Lenovo’s rookie. Check and mate!
Granted, we don’t have the full scoop on this Stick 300, but at first glance, it’s as sleek and easily pocketable as you’d expect. Plus, it appears to pack the exact same internals as its Santa Clara-concocted adversary.
You have your Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage space, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, HDMI and micro USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader and, of course, pre-installed Windows 8.1 software with a free 10 upgrade guaranteed “starting on July 29.”