Lenovo, the world’s second largest PC maker from China, has released what it claims to be the world’s smallest desktop PC. The new IdeaCentre Q180 certainly is pretty tiny, especially when the device is split into half to remove the optical drive. It can be placed vertically or horizontally, with a sleek chassis of only 155 x 192 x 22 mm, not much larger than a DVD case. Of course, user are not going to do heavy gaming on a rig like this, but the machine does look like it will make a decent HTPC to put inside your living room …
Lenovo’s Q180 is powered by a 2.13 GHz Atom processor, with up to 4GB of RAM and your choice of a 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD. Hooking up displays and peripherals are easy with USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI out, and wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. If you need something more, Lenovo provides options for a Radeon HD 6450A 512MB discrete graphics card, Blu-ray drive, and 750GB hard disk space — not a bad way to make optimal use of its HDMI and 7.1 surround sound output. And one more thing, Lenovo also offers an optional multimedia remote with keyboard to give user more control over their PC.
The new tiny desktop is set to start shipping out in early December, and will sell at US$349, which makes it a great starting point for anyone looking to get in on the cable cutting extravaganza and watch most of their online video streaming through television screen. Admittedly, the specs of Q180 aren’t exactly mindblowing, but they’re reasonably good for everyday use, starting with netsurfing and ending with watching HD movies. It would be a thoroughly impressive home theater PC, perfect to set comfortably beside any television set.
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