Re: Lenovo Ideacentre Stick: The $129 PC In Your Hand
As you point out, Nathan, this is actually becoming somewhat of a crowded market. At almost identical specs and prices, I'm having a hard time seeing what sets the Ideacentre and Intel's ComputeStick apart (micro USB vs full USB, for one). It looks like MeeGo is even rolling out a more comparable product, fittingly called the Pad T02. At a slightly smaller stature and slightly lower price point, I suppose the chromebit fits a slightly different niche. Since you mentioned Raspberry Pis, one might even say the Ideacentre is competing with set-top media centers like Apple TV or Roku, or lower-end gaming-focused devices like the Ouya - though things like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV stick may be in a different category altogether,
What this all amounts to is that consumers have lots of options for low-priced devices to plug into their TVs. I think this is a great thing. I remember being young and begging my parents for my first PC for years and years, but they were always too expensive. Now, young people even less fortunate than I was (that 10% number for India is disheartening to me) can get their feet wet with machines much more powerful than anything I had. We talk a lot about the 'Maker Movement' on here - young people growing up well-rounded and inquisitive about how technology can change the world around them. This is a piece of that puzzle. Meanwhile, the entertainment value of having one in the living room can bring families of all types together. Good news for everyone.