A whole bunch of tiny PCs only a little bigger than a flash drive are going out right now. We saw Intel’s Compute Stick and Lenovo’s Ideacentre Stick. Both tiny PCs were only about the size of a Chromecast dongle, but enough power to run the full Windows operating system.
But the Archos PC Stick is perhaps the cheapest of the tiny computers available for less than $100. It comes pre-installed with Windows 10 and measures about 1.5 inch by 4.5 inch by 0.5 inch. So far we haven’t heard about a release date.
Inside the Archos PC Stick is a quad-core Intel Atom 1.33 GHz processor, 32 GB of eMMC storage, and 2 GB of RAM. It also has a USB port, microSD slot, and Bluetooth 4.0. The specs may sound familiar because it’s pretty much the same as the Intel Compute Stick and the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick. Despite this, it’s significantly cheaper.
“Companies have constantly pushed boundaries to make computers smaller, and we’ve taken this challenge to the next level by offering a matchbox-sized PC for less than $100,” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “Mobility is at the center of our lifestyles and the PC Stick allows us to be on-the-go and productive.”
So what is are these computer sticks great for, anyway? Well if you ask me, they’re great for your TV with one of those mini Bluetooth keyboards so you can have full Windows for entertainment, gaming, and even productivity. It’s also great to carry around from place to place such as home and work if you prefer to use the same computer in multiple places.Further reading: Archos, Compute Stick, mini PC, Windows 10