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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 Claims "World's Smallest Desktop"

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Lenovo's "world's smallest desktop PC" features an Intel Atom CPU and an AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics.

Lenovo has reportedly launched what it considers the "world's smallest desktop PC," the IdeaCentre Q180.

Measuring just 6.1 x 7.56 x 0.86-inches, the IdeaCentre Q180 has a starting price of $349 and offers a few customizable features. However the base model (31102AU) sports a 2.13 GHz Intel Atom D2700 dual-core processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6450A GPU with 512 MB of memory, 2 GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1066 MHz, a 5400RPM 500 GB HDD and more.

For an extra fifty bucks, consumers can purchase the 31102BU which upgrades the memory to 4 GB and adds an optical drive. Yet both models come packed with 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, HDMI output, an 8-in-1 card reader, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB keyboard and mouse. Not bad for such a compact little desktop PC.

"With the IdeaCentre Q180, we upped our game in the compact PC category," said Nick Reynolds, executive director, Product Group Marketing, Lenovo. "Featuring the latest HD Graphics and Blu-ray 3D playback, the Q180 enables consumers to change the way they enjoy multimedia and the Web in their living room at an affordable price point."

In addition to the base features, consumers have an option of choosing a 750 GB HDD, a 128 GB SSD, an external DVD burner and an external Blu-ray drive. Other options include an $80 Lenovo Enhanced Multimedia Remote with a backlit keyboard, 7.1 Surround Sound, Windows 7 Professional, external speakers, and even Microsoft's Office Home & Business 2010 suite.

The estimated ship date of both IdeaCentre Q180 models is December 1, 2011. For more information, head here.

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    ltdementhial , November 23, 2011 7:07 PM
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    features an Intel Atom CPU and an AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics


    there's where i stopped reading.

    HD6450A its a very nice gpu...but the Atoms are so bad cpu...of course this thing goes for a entry sector maybe even for the office...but with that cpu :/ 
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    J3d1M1nD7r1cKs , November 23, 2011 7:05 PM
    What the heck is up with the garbo pricing? VIA's line is 3-5x better than this. And it's prolly more along the lines of core2/1st gen nehalem dual cores.

    This offering is garbage. ^
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    jimmy-bee , November 23, 2011 7:32 PM
    Rather build my own from Newegg or Tiger Direct.
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    J3d1M1nD7r1cKs , November 23, 2011 7:05 PM
    What the heck is up with the garbo pricing? VIA's line is 3-5x better than this. And it's prolly more along the lines of core2/1st gen nehalem dual cores.

    This offering is garbage. ^
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    amstech , November 23, 2011 7:05 PM
    2GB RAM can be a bottleneck pretty easily these days with the demands of some programs and multi-tasking. It's a Thin Client that doesn't need a term server!
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    ltdementhial , November 23, 2011 7:07 PM
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    features an Intel Atom CPU and an AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics


    there's where i stopped reading.

    HD6450A its a very nice gpu...but the Atoms are so bad cpu...of course this thing goes for a entry sector maybe even for the office...but with that cpu :/ 
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    jimmy-bee , November 23, 2011 7:32 PM
    Rather build my own from Newegg or Tiger Direct.
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    jimmy-bee , November 23, 2011 7:35 PM
    I buy enough stuff made in China that I do not want to buy Lenovo that is not only Built in China, the company is also Chinese owned. Sorry, I will buy a Apple first and slam Linux on it. At least Apple is owned by Americans. Same goes for Dell and others.
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    loomis86 , November 23, 2011 7:49 PM
    that price is more than double what it should be
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    stingstang , November 23, 2011 8:32 PM
    Horrible. AMD APU, and Linux. $200 at the most and it would be FAR better.
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    acerace , November 23, 2011 9:00 PM
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    I buy enough stuff made in China that I do not want to buy Lenovo that is not only Built in China, the company is also Chinese owned. Sorry, I will buy a Apple first and slam Linux on it. At least Apple is owned by Americans. Same goes for Dell and others.


    Thats sound racism to me.
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    waethorn , November 23, 2011 9:07 PM
    ltdementhialthere's where i stopped reading.HD6450A its a very nice gpu...but the Atoms are so bad cpu...of course this thing goes for a entry sector maybe even for the office...but with that cpu


    My thoughts exactly. I'd rather have an E-350 than an Atom. At least it has some balls. Llano would be better though.

    Lenovo's consumer design dept. is focussing strictly on Intel stuff though, no matter how shitty it is.
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    villanim , November 23, 2011 9:31 PM
    stingstang

    Horrible. AMD APU, and Linux. $200 at the most and it would be FAR better.

    You do realize that this was developed for use an HTPC, not an everyday general purpose PC?
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    villanim , November 23, 2011 9:34 PM
    amstech2GB RAM can be a bottleneck pretty easily these days with the demands of some programs and multi-tasking. It's a Thin Client that doesn't need a term server!


    What this article fails to mention, is that this PC was developed for use as an HTPC, not a general purpose everyday PC. In this regard, it more than exceeds at its designated task. Now, what I would like to see is a general purpose PC in this form factor.
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    villanim , November 23, 2011 9:41 PM
    jimmy-beeI buy enough stuff made in China that I do not want to buy Lenovo that is not only Built in China, the company is also Chinese owned. Sorry, I will buy a Apple first and slam Linux on it. At least Apple is owned by Americans. Same goes for Dell and others.


    Lenovo is 20% owned by IBM. At least Lenovo has their call centers and parts center located in the USA, cannot say that for Dell now can you? Apple also has outsourced their call centers (Philippines), so at least Lenovo has created jobs in the US while Dell and Apple has eliminated jobs (and in Apples case pun not intended). So, if you wish to purchase a Dell, be my guest, as you can have a laptop whose system board will die within a year or you will score other quality issues, while my Lenovo will just work.
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    ta152h , November 23, 2011 11:11 PM
    villanimLenovo is 20% owned by IBM. At least Lenovo has their call centers and parts center located in the USA, cannot say that for Dell now can you? Apple also has outsourced their call centers (Philippines), so at least Lenovo has created jobs in the US while Dell and Apple has eliminated jobs (and in Apples case pun not intended). So, if you wish to purchase a Dell, be my guest, as you can have a laptop whose system board will die within a year or you will score other quality issues, while my Lenovo will just work.


    The last thing we need to do is send more money to China. They launch cyber-attacks, constantly spy, and are growing more belligerent about imposing their territorial rights.

    To me, having a call center in the Philippines is a plus. It's a very poor country, and the people need an opportunity to have a good life. These call centers are hopefully the beginning of more opportunities for people that have so few. And they don't launch cyber-attacks or constantly have spies try to steal stuff. They aren't causing conflict with neighbors, and they don't artificially lower their currency so it's difficult for other countries to sell to them.

    It's high time people realize China is not an ally, but an enemy. That's how they see us. Hopefully more businesses will leave China, and move to countries like the Philippines, or neighboring areas.

    I won't buy Lenovo for the same reason. We need to keep money in the United States, or at least allied countries. Not send it to enemies that hate us, steal from us, and try to undermine our country.
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    villanim , November 23, 2011 11:41 PM
    ta152hThe last thing we need to do is send more money to China. They launch cyber-attacks, constantly spy, and are growing more belligerent about imposing their territorial rights.To me, having a call center in the Philippines is a plus. It's a very poor country, and the people need an opportunity to have a good life. These call centers are hopefully the beginning of more opportunities for people that have so few. And they don't launch cyber-attacks or constantly have spies try to steal stuff. They aren't causing conflict with neighbors, and they don't artificially lower their currency so it's difficult for other countries to sell to them. It's high time people realize China is not an ally, but an enemy. That's how they see us. Hopefully more businesses will leave China, and move to countries like the Philippines, or neighboring areas. I won't buy Lenovo for the same reason. We need to keep money in the United States, or at least allied countries. Not send it to enemies that hate us, steal from us, and try to undermine our country.


    Lenovo is not China. They may be based in China, but they have done business here for decades, first as an IBM partner manufacturing their Thinkpads for them, and then when IBM decided to get out of the PC business, they were the only ones IBM trusted with the brand they built, which is why they sold their PC division to Lenovo. Lenovo just makes a quality product that just works. You cannot say that about to many companies, especially Dell and HP. There is a reason Lenovo's sales increased 55% in the US while Dell's dropped 4%. Lenovo actually created jobs in the US by opening call centers here, and their parts distribution center here as well Georgia and Tennessee respectively) something that cannot be said for Dell, as they closed all their manufacturing plants here, and all their systems are built in CHINA!!!
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2011 11:48 PM
    My ipod says made in china
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    villanim , November 23, 2011 11:57 PM
    jom457My ipod says made in china


    I only know of two electronic devices that are made in the US. Vizio TV's, and Curthis Mathis TV's. Other then that, most electronics, including iPods, iPhones, iPads are made in China, so people can boycott China all they want, but they will go naked and own nothing.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 24, 2011 12:10 AM
    That thing looks like a Mini-Wii.
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    waethorn , November 24, 2011 12:42 AM
    villanimYou do realize that this was developed for use an HTPC, not an everyday general purpose PC?


    Which was designed as an HTPC? The Lenovo? So was the E-350. In the case of the E-350 though, AMD doesn't put those kinds of labels on their processors. It's just a low-cost, energy-efficient APU that HAPPENS TO BE a perfect HTPC processor and graphics solution. It can also be used for general computing too. I use one and am quite happy with it. My main system that I use is a Lenovo ThinkPad x120e.
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    waethorn , November 24, 2011 12:45 AM
    Just FYI: All of Lenovo's out-of-warranty parts warehouses for their business PC's are still owned and operated by IBM, even now. The Idea brand stuff is almost a completely separate entity though.
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    villanim , November 24, 2011 12:58 AM
    waethornJust FYI: All of Lenovo's out-of-warranty parts warehouses for their business PC's are still owned and operated by IBM, even now. The Idea brand stuff is almost a completely separate entity though.


    This blog did not mention HP, Acer, or Dell now did it? And yes, Lenovo is positioning, and marketing this as an HTPC. Just because you choose to use otherwise does not change what Lenovo's target audience is, just means either you do not have the budget for a full fledged desktop or are a miser. :) 
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