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Lenovo's Atom-powered C100 is Cheap, Cheerful

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We're fairly used to seeing cheap as chips Atom-based netbooks week in, week out so this offering from Lenovo is a nice change of scenery.

Following its launch of the ThinkPad X200 and T400s, the company has something a little more modest to offer those with little need for a full blown desktop. The company today announced the C100, an Atom-based all in one that boasts an 18.5-inch, 16:9 display with Intel's Atom 230 single core or the 330 dual core as well as a DVD burner/reader, 4 USB ports, GMA950 integrated graphics, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive. Top it all off with Windows XP and the starting price of $399 is almost too good to be true. Any takers? Let us know in the comments below!

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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 17, 2009 10:05 PM
    LORD_ORIONPlease stop buying this crap. You can build something twice as powerful on your own.

    People in the market for slim all-in-ones usually aren't the kind that build powerful systems for themselves.
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    Pyroflea , September 17, 2009 10:25 PM
    LORD_ORION, please post your slim, monitor-only PC you have built yourself. Thanks. :) 
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 17, 2009 10:05 PM
    LORD_ORIONPlease stop buying this crap. You can build something twice as powerful on your own.

    People in the market for slim all-in-ones usually aren't the kind that build powerful systems for themselves.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2009 10:13 PM
    It's fine if you don't mind a painfully slow computer, but for anyone wanting something faster than my first computer I built in 2001(bleeding edge Athon XP), it's going to be a bit disappointing.
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    Pyroflea , September 17, 2009 10:25 PM
    LORD_ORION, please post your slim, monitor-only PC you have built yourself. Thanks. :) 
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    jellob , September 17, 2009 10:31 PM
    @LORD_ORION:

    You can build something twice as powerful, but would that be in the same budget range? Including a similar size monitor (that's doesn't have to be a touchscreen) which is probably already 30-40% of the budget? So leaving less than $300 to build the rest. Every little thing counts, including keyboard and mouse!
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    ckthecerealkiller , September 17, 2009 10:50 PM
    Sounds like a good choice to me. Not quite an Nvidia ION or anything but def better then a netbook.
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    The_Blood_Raven , September 17, 2009 10:52 PM
    Athlon_XP_FTWIt's fine if you don't mind a painfully slow computer, but for anyone wanting something faster than my first computer I built in 2001(bleeding edge Athon XP), it's going to be a bit disappointing.


    The 330 is a little faster than an Athlon X2 3800+ with a 230 being a about on par with an Athlon 64 3800+, your XP couldn't keep up.
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    climber , September 17, 2009 11:05 PM
    Don't forget folks that pretty much every IT manager of any corporation or organization of any size has the agenda of having every user except themselves have thin clients, since we all (not them) do exactly the same job, essentially nothing needing any computing power beyond a keyboard, monitor and mouse. They're the only ones needing computing power and all the money associated with building server farms, computing clusters and dictating everything the rest of us are allowed to do. Pretty soon we'll have to phone the helpdesk to go take a poop.
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    pepperman , September 17, 2009 11:10 PM
    http://laptoping.com/intel-atom-benchmark.html
    the atom 1.6 GHz is closer to a P3 tualatin 1.4 GHz actually

    http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-4801-view-Intel-atom-1.6-Ghz-benchmark.html
    It's definitely slower than an Athlon 3000+

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Atom-Athlon-Efficient,1997.html
    In fact it's slower than an Athlon 2000+
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    Pyroflea , September 17, 2009 11:12 PM
    Even the single core atom that I've used was a lot slower than the 3300+ computer that we unfortunately still have in this house. That's the single core, so the dual must be faster than that.
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    winterblade , September 17, 2009 11:36 PM
    I honestly thing that Atom is working (and going to keep working) because we power users are a minority, and for 90% of the people an Atom is enough, perhaps barely enough, but still it can do what the normal user needs, for hardware enthusiast is Almost a blasphemy to buy a processor this weak that (to make everything worst) comes coupled with an old old, not optimized, chipset.
    For us a ultraportable laptop is barely enough for the kind of responsiveness and performance we NEED in a machine of our own, but then again, we are a minority and let´s face it, Intel is only giving people what they want, let's just hope it doesn't become another Nintendo and almost forget us.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2009 11:51 PM
    pepperman: +1, I don't know where in the name of fanboyism he got that idea that a dual-core atom is anywhere near an Athlon X2 3800+, if anything, it would be lucky to beat my aging Pentium M 1.6ghz laptop, but I'm not convinced that it would.
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    mcbowler , September 18, 2009 12:16 AM
    Race to the bottom. Sad.
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    LORD_ORION , September 18, 2009 12:17 AM
    jellob@LORD_ORION: You can build something twice as powerful, but would that be in the same budget range? Including a similar size monitor (that's doesn't have to be a touchscreen) which is probably already 30-40% of the budget? So leaving less than $300 to build the rest. Every little thing counts, including keyboard and mouse!


    I'll pretend you are honestly asking this... so I went to newegg. Not only can I make something useable (with a DVD drive too) it also comes in $50 cheaper giving you options.

    eg of the day: $348.92

    -LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
    -Broadway Com Corp 937PK-BLACK Steel Computer Case Okia ATX 420W Power Supply - Retail
    -Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    -Hanns·G boston Simulated Woodgrain 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ swivel a adjustment Built in Speakers -
    -MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    -Rosewill RK-101 Black PS/2 Standard Enhanced Keyboard - Retail
    -Rosewill RM-C2P Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Optical Mouse - Retail
    -AllComponents 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel kit Desktop Memory Model
    -AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail

    This low end machines suck... they are meant to give the manfacturer high margins for the production cost, and to ensure these machines will be unuseable with the software coming out in the next few years, thus requiring another machine.

    Every one of these crap machines sold ensures that your next computer will not be as powerful as it could be. Anyone defending this crap while using a real machine to do work themselves is an idiot.
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    climber , September 18, 2009 1:03 AM
    Quote:
    LORD_ORION: Every one of these crap machines sold ensures that your next computer will not be as powerful as it could be. Anyone defending this crap while using a real machine to do work themselves is an idiot.


    Not an idiot in my opinion just a hypocrite, the "do as I say, not as I do", crowd.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 1:27 AM
    Don't buy lenovo garbage, boycott Chinese products! don't support the chinese gov.
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    math1337 , September 18, 2009 1:52 AM
    The clear choice with that 50 dollars is to buy a new graphics card. The 19" screen has a relatively low resolution and a $50 card can handle less intense games such as Command & Conquer 3 at full detail. More graphically stressing games could be played with reduced settings or resolution.
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    maniac5999 , September 18, 2009 2:28 AM
    Hey Orion, I hate to ruin your argument, but you still need an OS. The all-in-one comes with XP, do you know anywhere to get XP (leagally)for $50.

    Also, to be honest, for what I do at work, the dual core version of this would be more than enough if my company would ditchsome of the crapware they install on our computers. Basic productivity, web serving, and low level database management can easily be handled on an atom.
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    thejerk , September 18, 2009 2:28 AM
    Perfect for my mother.
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    Pyroflea , September 18, 2009 2:51 AM
    What Mr. Right here doesn't seem to get is that for 90% of users this is an excellent computer, and stated earlier, repeatedly. Just because you feel it's too slow, doesn't mean that $400 for an entire system that perform most average tasks is a bad deal.
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