When tech companies jump upon the bandwagon of any new product, the results are rarely great for that first period of experimentation. Most companies take the safe route and provide a product that consumers will like simply for the brand name as most of the offers are highly similar. The trend of PCs on sticks saw a huge array of companies diving in for a piece of the cake yet few tried to offer something innovative.
The MagicStick may not divert from the formula too much but it was enough to grab our attention. The device surfaced on Indiegogo and managed to crush its $50,000 goal as it has gathered more than $250,000 with 12 days remaining. Much of that has to do with the fact that its creator has promoted the MagicStick as the “fastest pocket computer”, at least those based on Intel’s Cherry Trail processor anyway.
The PC stick features a choice of two quad-core Cherry Trail processors, the Z8500 at 2.24GHz and the Z8700 at 2.4GHz while their respective GPUs sport 12 and 16 cores. Furthermore, interested buyers can choose between 2GB, 4GB and 8GB of LPDDR2 RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of on-board storage. Despite its size, the dongle also has two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 port, a micro USB port and a microSD card slot. It comes equipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop and a trial version of Windows 10 which you can update if you own Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.
Watch the video above and you can understand why so many people have chimed in to the Indiegogo campaign. The MagicStick’s most powerful version may have a retail price of $575 while fundraisers can get the same stuff for $349. Furthermore, early buyers can get the basic version of the MagicStick for $99 instead of $199 so I highly recommend checking out the page in case you are looking for a small factor PC.