Microsoft India, in partnership with iBall, Thursday launched the iBall Splendo, the first compact and affordable PC-on-a-stick device that can convert a TV into a fully functional PC and a Smart TV. The iBall Splendo basically looks like yet-another variation of the Intel Compute Stick, but there are a few things that make this model stand out. First, iBall says it was developed in partnership with Microsoft. And second, unlike most devices in this category, the tiny computer will be sold with a wireless keyboard and mouse (priced at Rs 8,999 – about $140).
The iBall Splendo features an Intel Atom quad-core processor, Windows 8.1 software, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It has an HDMI connector on one end, allowing you to plug the computer into a TV to run Windows on a big screen.
“The iBall Splendo is for people who love devices and want to be connected all the time using multiple form factors. These users are tech enthusiasts who love gadgets, have access to multiple TVs at home, love the Smart TV experience and use Windows for browsing, social networking and multimedia consumption,” Vineet Durani – Director Windows Business Group, Microsoft India, said in a joint statement.
This mini PC Stick also built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, a microSDXC card reader, a full-sized USB port, and a micro USB port (for power). Unlike the Intel Compute Stick, the iBall Splendo is fanless which means it won’t just be quiet while it’s in use… it should be silent. What remains to be seen is whether the lack of a fan will cause the system to get hot enough to affect performance.
“iBall Splendo PC-On-Stick is one such device which will be useful for every home and office conference room providing different dimensions to use the PC as well as get great multimedia and internet experience by attaching it to the TV,” Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director of iBall, said.