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Archos launches HDMI PC Stick, sets UK price at £79

by Mark Tyson on 26 June 2015, 10:10

Tags: Archos (EPA:JXR), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Windows 10

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Another day, another HDMI PC Stick. This one is from well known budget gadget maker Archos. The aptly named Archos PC Stick (PDF) appears to be based upon exactly the same components and offer the same ports as the Intel Compute Stick and the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300, we saw launched earlier this week.

So what can France-based Archos offer to trump the well regarded manufacturers at Intel and Lenovo? Archos is doing what it does best - stacking 'em high and selling 'em cheap - and introducing its own extremely similar HDMI PC Stick at £79 in the UK. (Under $100 in the US.) "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," said Loic Poirier, CEO of Archos.

Archos doesn't stop there though, its PC Stick looks like it has had some more adventurous design applied to it. Rather than going for a sober black utilitarian appearance, Archos has designed its miniature PC in a shade of pastel blue with a white cap, like a flight bag carry-on sized bottle of shower gel.

Another aspect of the Archos PC Stick, that many will consider a bonus, is that it ships with Windows 10 installed straight from the box. Of course that means that it's not available right now. But by all accounts prospective purchasers won't have to wait long. Windows 10 is officially released on 29th July and Archos says this device will ship in time for the 'back to school' season. Alongside Microsoft's newest O,S the PC Stick comes fully loaded for productivity with Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile pre-installed.

Previously some HEXUS readers have compared these HDMI stick PC prices to the Windows tablets available cheaply now. It's good to see Archos narrowing this rather unfathomable pricing gap with a 2GB RAM device packing Windows 10. While the £79 price makes it cheaper than the cheapest Windows SKU, these devices could get cheaper and more powerful as more competition and newer chipsets arrive.

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Glad to see one available for a sensible price finally. Still seems crazy that a windows tablet costs about the same as this. You'd think dropping the screen would reduce the cost…
At that price I would be tempted to buy one just to try it out and then mod the heck out of it (no idea how yet but fun to try)

Of course Archos do not have the best reputation for build quality - but you get what you pay for.
Also no battery, less materials & even less buttons count.

Heck, a smaller box with less weight for even less shipping charges!
Seems prices are getting there.

The good thing is before I buy one I can test using my tablet of the same spec that everything can/will work as planned.
Something like this may replace the Chromecast in the bedroom :-)