The last few months and years have seen some interesting developments in the tech world. None more so than the computer industry. While tablets came about and seemed to be the natural differentiator between a phone and a laptop, phones then began to increase into the phablet realm, while Chromebooks and other cheaper alternatives to a standard desktop/laptop began to emerge and knock the desktop and tablet industries alike off kilter. However, much more recently, there has been another interesting twist in what it means to be a computer. Instead of looking to increase on specs, power, or decrease in screen size for more portability, the latest craze has been doing away with a screen altogether. The so-called, computer on a stick business.
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Much of this pocket-ready stick computer news came about when Google unveiled their option in the form of the Chromebit. This was a pocket-friendly USB type stick which comes running on Chrome OS. That is, along with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and loaded with a Rockchip 3299 processor. However, this news was quickly followed by the news that Intel were working on their own ‘Compute Stick‘ to rival the Chromebit.
Following on from this, it now seems Lenovo have their sights on this pocket-friendly market too, as the company have today announced their option in the form of the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300. Unlike the Chromebit, this one does not run on Chrome OS, but instead is a Windows-based stick but does also come with 2GB RAM like the Chromebit. That said, this one packs a bit more storage thanks to the onboard 32GB limit on offer. Lenovo detail that the Ideacentre Stick 300 will come running on Windows 8.1 at the time of launch, but will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 in late July. In terms of the processor running things, on this one, it is the same processor as the Intel option, an Intel Atom processor. In terms of pricing, this one will be set at $129 and will be available starting next month. So it looks like the Chromebit is going to have a bit more competition going forward.