Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100: World's Thinnest, Smallest Nettop

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100 Atom Nettop

October 29, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100
Mini PC/Nettop
Manufacturer Lenovo
MSRP US$299

Lenovo has been making serious inroads into consumer computing all through 2009. Its IdeaCentre line of desktop computers no w boasts three separate lines: The "K" series of typical tower systems, the "A" all-in-one PCs similar to Apple's iMac, and the "Q" series of energy efficient, small form factor machines. Aside from a few quibbles, we had an pleasant experience with the A600. Now we tackle the Q100, which may be the A600's polar opposite in the three big categories: Performance, size, and price. Lenovo is marketing it as the world's thinnest Atom nettop.


The Q100 and box.

The Q100 is impressively small with overall dimensions of 6.0" x 6.8" x 0.8". In practical terms, it's about the size of a slim external optical drive or a very slim CD wallet. The Lenovo website lists the Q100's at $299, while its ION-powered brother, the Q110, costs $399. The slightly larger Q700, meant for the role of a HD HTPC, sports a dual core Pentium E5200 processor and GMA X4500 graphics for $499-$599 depending on the configuration.


Accessories include a recovery CD and stand, but no VESA mounting kit.

The Q100 is equipped with hardware similar to basic netbooks: a single-core nettop processor, the 4W Atom 230 (1.6 GHz, 533 MHz front side bus, 512KB L2 cache), 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. The mainboard is powered by the SiS 307DV chipset which has Mirage 3 graphics, a stripped down GPU like Intel's GMA 950. It's as basic as it gets, lacking digital outputs and WiFi.

Atom System Comparisons
Product
Intel D945GSEJT + Morex T1610
Asus Eee Box B202
Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H
Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100
CPU
Atom 270
Atom 230
Atom 230
Atom 230
Chipset
Intel 945GSE
Intel 945GSE
nVidia ION
SiS 307DV
RAM
512GB
1GB
1GB
1GB
HDD
160GB
80GB
160GB
160GB
USB
3
4
6
6
Card Reader
no
yes
yes
no
Video Outputs
VGA, DVI
DVI
VGA, HDMI
VGA
WiFi
no
802.11 b/g/n
no
no
Operating System
no
XP Home
XP Home
XP Home
Passive cooling
yes
no, but quiet
no, said to be quiet
yes
Market $
Oct 09
$261*
$262~299
$199~210
$230~299

All in all, the Q100's small size doesn't command a heavy price premium compared to the Eee Box or the recent DIY SFF PC we built using an Intel D945GSEJT mini-ITX Atom board and Morex T1610 case. Like the Morex build, the Q100 is fanless — as long as the hard drive isn't substandard acoustically, it should be one of the quietest system you can get without a SSD. The Acer Aspire Revo seems like a bargain by comparison with a $200 price-tag and ION graphics, but we don't really know about its acoustics.



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