MagicStick pocket-sized Windows 10 PC offers the ultimate in portability

This piece of dongle wizardry comes with an Intel Cherry Trail processor and 8GB of RAM

Fancy a Windows 10 PC you can put in your pocket? Then you need to check out the MagicStick, another dongle-style computer that plugs into an HDMI port.

The MagicStick is a crowd-funded effort on Indiegogo, and one which has done very well indeed, more than quadrupling its funding goal and netting $232,000 (around £150,000) thus far.

This device is a relatively powerful little stick, and the MagicStick Wave (there's also a lesser model, the MagicStick One) model boasts an Intel Cherry Trail Z8700 processor with a 16-core GPU, backed with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

You simply plug it into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor, and hook up a keyboard and mouse, or indeed you can control the device via a mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.

The Wave is currently up for pre-order at $249 (around £160) plus shipping, and it comes with Android plus a copy of Windows 10 Home on board, albeit on a three-month trial with the latter. For a fully activated Windows 10, you'll need to fork out an extra $49 (around £30) – either that or you can plump to have Linux installed for free instead.

As well as HDMI 2.0, you also get a USB 3.1 Type-C port on board for fast data transfer speeds, a microSD slot for expanding the storage capacity, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The stick boots up in less than seven seconds and only uses 5W of power.

There's also an option to double the storage up to 128GB for an extra $79 (around £50).

Alternatively, if you want a cheaper variant of this pocket-sized PC, the aforementioned MagicStick One is selling for $99 currently. That's a lesser effort powered by a Cherry Trail Z8300 CPU with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

All this hardware is scheduled to ship in December, with shipping to the UK costing $29 (around £20).

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Via: Windows Central

Darren Allan

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for T3 across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel was published by Hachette UK in 2013).