Seems like the large desktop towers may soon become passé. After iBall unveiled its version of the Intel’s stick PC few weeks ago, another Indian company, has launched a similar product, called Pancahe AIR PC for R10K, and with a one-year replacement warranty.
For those of you, who may not be aware of the term stick PC, it’s a small device that resembles a USB dongle (but is slightly larger) and needs to be attached to a display — LED TV, monitor or a projector — via HDMI to work as PC. Think of it as your desktop tower compressed into a small USB stick, but without the monitor.
The device comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 (but can run Linx-distros as well). As for hardware, the Air PC comes with the popular Intel Atom Bay Trail (Intel Z3735F 1.33GHz) processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, HDMI Display Port, a Micro SD Card Slot, one USB 2.0 port, two micro USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n for wireless connectivity. It is available in two models offering 16GB (R9,999) and 32GB (R10,999) built-in storage. The specs of the Panache Air PC are same as the iBall Splendo, but Panache is offering a one-year replacement warranty with the product. However, iBall Splendo is priced lower at R8,999 and comes with bundled wireless mouse and keyboard.
NOTE: Panache is a new consumer tech brand promoted by Vardhaman Technology Pvt Ltd, an Indian company based in Mumbai that specializes in small form factor computing devices for the last 16 years.