With the increase in technology, manufacturers are making computers smaller and smaller. The latest fad are stick based computers, powered by USB, that are the size of a standard USB thumb drive and get plugged into the HDMI port on any display. This means that no longer do companies need a fully sized workstation to drive a display. A big step forward for conference room technology, the Lenovo PC-on-a-stick is going to be difficult to beat! According to engadget, “The extra-tiny Windows PC is much like a sleeker, more polished version of Intel’s Compute Stick…It’ll cost $129 when it hits stores in July– that’s about $20 less than the Intel stick, and you’re getting a full-fledged home computer versus a corporate “thin client” like Dell’s similarly priced Wyse Cloud Connect.” While is unit is not currently available at Lenovo’s US based website, the UK webpage lists the price as ????129.99 or about $199.99.
While affordable, powerful, pocket-sized PC’s are becoming the defacto for conference room technology one must ask themselves, “Is this secure?”. While this may be a good solution it also poses some substantial security concerns. As with most smaller technologies these units are easier to lose than their full sized counterparts, and unlike a traditional laptop or tablet if a hacker were to get their hands on this hardware it would be far worse as they have access to the entire workstation. When someone forgets a USB stick it would be bad but when someone forgets an entire workstation it will be far, far worse. Only time will tell if this fad continues but nonetheless these little devices are really cool and I know I will be buying one for my TV at home to act as a media center.
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