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Friday, 25 November 2011 10:12

Lenovo releases smallest PC

Written by Nick Farell



And cheap too


Lenovo has released what it is dubbing as the world's smallest computer.

The Windows 7-based IdeaCentre Q180 falls into the nettop PC category and is designed to sit next to the telly. It is designed to serve as an entertainment hub, given that it handles 1080p videos and optionally supports Blu-ray videos in 3D. Powered by a 2.13 GHz dual-core Intel Atom D2500 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 6450A discrete GPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1066MHz it is not the fastest of creatures.  It can manage some older games, but it is really supposed to be doing internet browsing and playing media files.

It is fitted with 500GB HDD storage, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and an 8-in-1 card reader with SDXC format support. It has HDMI, VGA, 4x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports and comes with a USB mouse and keyboard.  You can also connect it to the keyboard based Lenovo Multimedia Remote for an additional $79. You will have to pay extra for an external DVD burner or Blu-ray drive. 

It will cost you $379, with shipping expected to begin in December.

IdeaCentreQ180

Nick Farell

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+4 #1 STRESS 2011-11-25 13:54
That's pretty stupid config since they ship it with an AMD GPU why did they not just take AMD Brazo APU instead of an Intel ATOM ??? How stupid is that?
 
 
+3 #2 fuadzilla 2011-11-25 16:00
yup. agree with stress. it's stupid stupid stupid. atom? really? really? i think intel's antitrust scheme is behind this as again. boycott atom!!!
 
 
+3 #3 tammlam 2011-11-25 17:48
I was looking at this Lenovo for a HTPC. However, I saw it has an Atom so I jettisoned that idea real fast. Just ordered the Dell Zino HD from the Microsoft store. The Zino has an Athlon II X2, 6 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD @ 7200 RPM, Radeon 5450, and Blu-ray for $500. Plus it comes with a small wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, and a remote control. Happy Black Friday.
 
 
+1 #4 tammlam 2011-11-26 07:07
BTW...Lenovo has this for 20% off for Black Friday. So base configuration is $303.
 
 
0 #5 evolucion8 2011-11-26 18:04
Intel Atom, oh God, they killed what it could be one hell of a HTPC system. ¬¬
 
 
+1 #6 JEskandari 2011-11-26 18:28
I wonder why they used Atom instead of for Example a mobile Core I3 CPU
 
 
0 #7 Jay 2011-11-27 21:24
Seriously why Atom? Funny how Mr.Rory Read the ex-COO of Lenovo can't get them to use AMD Brazos's platform? If he can't convince his previous company to use his new companies chips then who will? Anti-Trust I don't think so I guess most OEM's have basically lost faith in AMD due to their delays.AMD needs more & more OEM's to use their APU's & prove how superior they are in at least one segment. Instead "I swing the other way" Rory Read fires his employees from a GPU division which has been the only thing making profits for them. Go figure, I think hes been hired so AMD can be sold off to Samsung or some other high profile company.
 

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