With the Intel Compute Stick being launched earlier this year, the market has been taken by the wave with the stick PC. It is portable and convenient to be carried on business tours as it packs all the facilities of a PC within a small and compact dongle which can be fitted to a larger screen. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the best Stick PCs available in the market.
1. Intel Compute Stick
Intel Compute Stick was the first ever stick PC which was launched in the market and which made stick PC the new craze among the tech-savvy generation. Powered by Intel Atom Z3735F processor and 2 GB of RAM and a memory of either 8 GB or 32 GB in the form of eMMC, Intel Compute Stick had led the way for the modern stick PCs that saw the light of the market later.
Consisting of HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, microSD slot, and a microUSB port Intel Compute Stick is capable of working with the TV or with any other screen. The only con of this awesome device is the fact that it can’t use both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth together and it can’t mirror the screen of the phone.
2. Panache Air PC
Connect this little pen drive to your TV via a VGA port or the HDMI and you will have all the features of Windows 10 right there right then. The Panache Air PC is a perfect alternative to the huge desktop and packs all its features within the palm of your hands. It even has a memory card slot which allows you to expand the memory of the device up to as much as 128 GB if need be so.
Panache Air PC is powered by the quad-core Intel® Z3735F processor and also has an onboard memory capacity and a network which is inherent in nature. Panache Air PC has the capability to support 1080p output. It is also equipped with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0, however, the built-in wireless system is extremely weak in nature.
3. Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300
At the first glance, Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 may seem to be a copy of the Intel Compute Stick, however; closer inspection will reveal the stark differences in the two devices. Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 is much cheaper than the Intel version of the same, yet it provides the users with the same Intel Atom Z3735F processor and a powerful RAM of 2 GB. It also swaps out the Micro SD to bring in a full size SD card for the ease of the users.
It has a hard drive of 32 GB and is easily configurable and upgradable to Windows 10. However, this device is not very suitable for people who are seeking a device for enterprise use. We surely hope to see many more such devices in the near future which will be more affordable.
4. Asus Chromebit
If you have used the Chrome OS in the past, you will be well aware of the mixed bag of goodies that the OS has to offer to its customers. Asus Chromebit comes with a promise of bringing all the best features of the Chrome OS in the form of a dongle which can be easily used by the various customers. Powered by a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core chip, and a RAM capacity 2 GB, this dongle is capable of fitting well into any HDMI port and is available at a very affordable price too.
The thin design of the Asus Chromebit is another huge advantage for the users. It comes with an internal memory of 16 GB. The problem with this stick PC is its dependency on the internet and the lack of restoring functionality and built-in backup.
5. iBall Splendo
Last but not the least on our list of stick PC is the iBall Splendo which is a power packed device that provides the users with the capability of carrying a PC in their pocket and using it on a wide screen, whenever they want to, via the HDMI port available. Additionally, it also consists of an SD card reader which is inbuilt and the 32 GB of internal memory is additionally helpful. It has a RAM size of 2 GB and the device is pretty quiet in nature which further ups its ante.
However, the lack of the fan causes it to heat up fast which on the contrary causes the device to perform in a sluggish and slow manner at times. But it is additionally equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, full-sized USB port, and smaller scale USB port.
These are some of the best stick PC that are available in the market and which you can check out if you are planning to get one for yourself or as a gift for someone.