Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110: Tiny ION Nettop

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110: Tiny ION Nettop

November 16, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110
Mini PC/Nettop
Manufacturer Lenovo

The recently reviewed Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100 is a supremely small, quiet, energy efficient computer system, albeit very underpowered. Its "bigger" brother, the Q110 boasts slightly more impressive specifications but keeps the thin, compact chassis. The inclusion of the much-hyped Nvidia ION chipset is the Q110's main draw — it adds the ability to play most high definition video formats, making it a candidate for the ultimate SFF media PC.

The Q110's dimensions and overall physical appearance are identical to the Q100.

Along with the graphics upgrade, the Q110 sports a few other differences compared to the Q100: 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB, a hard drive capacity bump from 160GB to 250GB, and Vista Home Premium rather than XP. On the outside, it looks no different from the Q100, but unfortunately it does not sound the same. The extra heat produced by ION forced Lenovo to abandon the Q100's best feature: Fanless operation.

Rear ports.

VESA mounting frame installed.

The exterior of the Q110 is identical to the Q100 with one exception: the VGA port has been replaced with HDMI. It also ships with a VESA mount for the back of a monitor, which the Q100 lacked. The Q110 slips into the frame effortlessly and is secured using a single thumbscrew. So while the Q110 has a fan, tucking the unit behind a VESA-compliant monitor could conceal most of the noise it generates. For more exterior pictures, see our Lenovo Q100 review.

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