Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 claims title of world's smallest desktop PC
Lenovo has unleashed a new device which falls into the HTPC or nettop PC category - the Windows 7-based IdeaCentre Q180. The book-sized computer will fit easily alongside any television set, where it can serve as an entertainment hub, given that it handles 1080p videos and optionally supports Blu-ray videos in 3D.
The base model of the Q180 is powered by a 2.13 GHz dual-core Intel Atom D2500 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 6450A discrete GPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1066MHz. It certainly won't get you around Skyrim in full HD, but it's enough for some older games, online content and Flash-based games, as well as playing media files.
The Q180 is also outfitted with 500GB HDD storage, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and an 8-in-1 card reader with SDXC format support. Wired connectivity is provided by HDMI, VGA, 4x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports. The base model is bundled with a matching USB mouse and keyboard, while it's also possible to hook up a keyboard-equipped Lenovo Multimedia Remote to the Q180, available for an additional US$79.
Further customization options include an external DVD burner or Blu-ray drive (both fit into the stand), 4GB of RAM, 750 GB HDD, or 128GB SSD.
The tiny PC can be set vertically (utilizing the included stand) or horizontally, as well as mounted anywhere comfortable for the user utilizing the VESA mount standard. While it's hard to tell whether it's really the "world's smallest," the Q180 is certainly a very compact device. Its chassis' dimensions without stand and external drive are 155 x 192 x 22 mm (6.1 x 7.55 x 0.8 in).
The base model of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 retails at US$379, with shipping slated to begin in December.
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The reason for Lenovo\'s larger enclosure is pretty obvious, though - lots more IO (in the form of card readers and two USB 3.0 ports), newer CPU, more memory, and a full-size DB9 serial port. All told, the price is attractive as well, considering the advanced hardware - just wish I could see larger versions of the photos. What looks like a network port seems to be too short to be an RJ45 plug. Proprietary cable, maybe?
They work real good then.
Lenovo actually says the Q180 is the smallest production desktop PC. That FIT-PC2 you pointed to is almost certainly not mass-produced, but rather made only in small lots assembled by hand. As for the difference in volume, most if not all of that can be attributed to the Blu-ray drive in the Q180, while the PC2 has no optical drive at all.