Lenovo's ideacentre Stick 300 shows that size truly doesn't matter. This micro-PC provides a full-blown computer in a footprint that's not much bigger than a USB thumb drive, at 3.9" long by 1.5" wide by 0.6" thick (100 mm by 38 mm by 15 mm). Like Intel's Compute Stick, the Stick 300 can turn any TV or monitor with an HDMI port into a desktop PC.
This lean, mean micro-machine's internals almost exactly match those of the Compute Stick's. It packs an Intel Atom Z3735F CPU, a quad-core Bay Trail part with 1.33GHz base and 1.83GHz burst clocks. 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage are included, and the latter can be expanded via the onboard microSD card reader.
Networking is provided by an 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, while a micro-USB 2.0 port and Bluetooth 4.0 support round out the connectivity options. At $129 list (which includes a Windows 8.1 license), the Stick 300 slightly undercuts Intel's Compute Stick, which sells for $150. The Stick 300 will arrive at retail sometime in July.
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