The image you see above is Lenovo‘s IdeaCentre Q180 desktop PC. It’s tiny. So tiny in fact, Lenovo is claiming this is the world’s smallest desktop PC.
The Q180 measures just 155 x 192 x 22mm, but inside you’ll find quite a healthy combination of hardware. At its core is an Intel Atom D2700 dual-core processor running at 2.13GHz, coupled with 4GB DDR3 RAM and an AMD Radeon HD6450A GPU with 512MB of dedicated memory. Hard drive sizes go up to 750GB or 128GB for the SSD option. As you’d expect, it runs Windows 7 (Home Premium or Professional).
In terms of connectivity you get 4x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports, VGA and HDMI-out, and an 8-in-1 card reader that supports SDXC. As Lenovo intends the Q180 to be sat next to your TV, it also has up to 7.1 surround sound and a wireless multimedia remote that combines keyboard and mouse functionality.
The stand it sits in is also cleverly designed. It can be flipped upside down to support either a complimentary DVD writer or Blu-ray drive sitting next to it while retaining the overall look of the machine.
If you need a HTPC that can be hidden behind or slid underneath your TV then the Q180 might be worth considering. It will easily playback and store HD content, the wireless controller should make surfing the web pretty simple, and the connectivity options allow for some mass storage and quick photo viewing.
In terms of price, Lenovo is offering the Q180 for $369 through its web store right now, down from $399. That’s the base model with 2GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and no DVD drive. Upping that to 4GB RAM and adding a DVD burner takes the price up to $429. The other options (Blu-ray and 750GB drive or SSD) don’t seem to be available just yet.
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