Lenovo intros ultra-slim IdeaCentre Q180 HTPC

By on November 24, 2011, 9:50 AM

Lenovo is reaching out to the HTPC crowd with a new IdeaCentre system it touts as the world's smallest desktop PC. While we can't vouch for their marketing statements, the new IdeaCentre Q180 is certainly slim and trim, and it packs a pretty decent feature set for the price.

The base model, priced at $379, uses a dual-core Intel Atom D2700 processor clocked a 2.13GHz with 2GB of RAM and Radeon HD 6450A graphics to keep videos running smooth. You get a 500GB hard drive and plenty of connectivity options, including 802.11n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA ports and 8-in-1 card reader. For $50 more, the next step up pre-build model doubles the RAM to 4GB and adds a DVD drive.

Of course, you can further customize it with up to a 750GB HDD or a 128GB SSD to store all of your media, a Blu-ray drive, and a hand-held keyboard to control your HTPC form the comfort of your couch. You'll aslo have to provide your own monitor or use the VESA mount to fit it behind your HDTV.

The IdeaCentre Q180 is currently available for preorder on Lenovo's website, with units scheduled to start shipping as early as December. A limited time Black Friday promotion brings the price down to $303 or $343, depending on the model, using the coupon code 'BLACKFRIDAYEPE' during checkout.




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Guest said:

wow, i like this lenovo q180, but not at the suggested retail price point.

@techspot staff, do you have the latest intel atom d 2xxx processor review?

a quick bing search results in reviews by other tech sites.

it would be nice if there is a new techspot review for this 10-watt/32nm atom processor.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Now that is a cool remote!

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

That's a nice looking little system.

Arris Arris said:

Trying to compete with Shuttle in SFF market it seems...

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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

They should have designed VESA mounting to the back of your TV. Remote is really cool.

Guest said:

Just got it. Works as prescribed. Remote could be implemented in better way, slightly wider to make keys a bit bigger and back-lit more usable. Remote feel cheapo. But it is small, they include even bracket to put on TV back, if you wish Even more expensive than any android/apple TV gadget but you have full functional player as any window PC, without limitations and disappointments with freedom of codec(s) etc. Way to go. apple-TV, boxee, and other will go away....

Just wander why american companies like HP or Dell are not there? Lost of innovation drive?

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