New product promises to make life easier for Samoans

By Nefertiti Matatia 06 May 2018, 12:00AM

Business System Limited (B.S.L.) has introduced a new kind of Universal Serial Bus (U.S.B.)

Their Intel Compute Stick, also known as a MINI PC, can house entire operating systems onto something just a little larger than a U.S.B. drive.

The company’s I.T. Manager, Ajay Prakash, said the new product will make life easier for Samoans and it is also affordable.

“Nowadays everyone has a LED television or a smart television, so what you can do is buy the wireless keyboard and mouse, also at a cheaper price,” Mr. Prakash told the Sunday Samoan. 

“For the people of Samoa, not everyone could afford a laptop or a desktop especially when it comes to a student. But nearly every house has a big smart television. With a very small computer stick, you will get yourself a whole computer.”

“It is also useful for those who are training and also conferences. For those in the ministries all you will need is a projector. If the compute stick was not introduced, then you would need to work with your laptop, that is the benefit of this new product,” he said.

Mr. Prakash explained: “We are getting a smaller version of the H.D.M.S. screen that has a plug on the side. That screen is also five volts powered.” 

“So you need battery, like the power battery that we use, such as the power banks for charging our phones, if you have a good power bank that will last you two hours maximum, so that is 5 volts into your screen.”

“Then the computer stick will go into the other side of the screen. So it is only one power source is powering the screen, but the screen is powering up the compute stick.”

“It has a microphone and an audio as well. As I mentioned for the cooling fan, Intel claims that the cooling fan is running at a pin drop silent.”

B.S.L. also focuses on helping the community of Samoa to access latest products.

“This will be profitable for both the B.S.L. and the community of Samoa. We are providing the latest technology to the clients and the consumers out there. They will also be benefiting. Instead of buying a laptop that is $1,500 or $2,000 they will get a small compute stick for $650.” 

“We are not limiting ourselves when it comes to I.T. We want to move on with the rest of the world. We don’t want to just stick to one place. We want to bring all the latest products with a very cheaper and full packed service,” he added.

Through their partnership with Intel, the Intel Compute Stick was made available in Samoa.

“It was easy to get this here because the moment we received our partnership with the Intel and B.S.L. It took us two to three weeks to discuss having the compute stick here. And if the demand goes high then we can get more of the compute stick for less than 14 days.”

By Nefertiti Matatia 06 May 2018, 12:00AM

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