Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100: World's Thinnest, Smallest Nettop

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q100: World's Thinnest, Smallest Nettop

Post by MikeC » Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:51 pm

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:46 am

Hi Mike,

Good review as always. I'm disappointed with the lack of WiFi -- a tiny portable unit that you have to plug in doesn't make sense to me.
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Post by MiKeLezZ » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:26 am

eeebox still the best
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Post by stromgald » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:03 am

MiKeLezZ wrote:eeebox still the best
The eeebox is bigger, but it does include a card reader and optical drive, so I'd agree that it's better than the Q100 or Q110.

The lack of a VESA mount is only on the Q100 I think, Lenovo's website advertises a monitor mount for the Q110.

However, I'm more interested in the Q700. It's a bit pricier, but with an E5200 processor, that thing would beat any eeeBox or similar system in terms of performance and is still relatively compact.
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Post by xan_user » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:14 am

How many dc volts does the brick put out? 19v, 12v or ?

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Post by MikeC » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:35 am

stromgald wrote:The eeebox is bigger, but it does include a card reader and optical drive, so I'd agree that it's better than the Q100 or Q110.
No optical drive on the eee pc. Virtually no nettop seems to have one.
However, I'm more interested in the Q700. It's a bit pricier, but with an E5200 processor, that thing would beat any eeeBox or similar system in terms of performance and is still relatively compact.
It's what we really wanted to review but the Q100 is what they had for now. Next, hopefully soon.
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Post by autoboy » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:57 pm

Who is buying these? I've wanted to play with one, but I am struggling to find a use for it.

A PC for my parents? Nope, their Athlon 2400+ is probably faster and free. A PC for the living room? Nope, not enough CPU or GPU for video
A PC for the kids? Maybe, but why not get a cheap desktop that they won't outgrow in a year, or a netbook for the same price that comes with a screen.
A home server? No space for HDs

Seriously, I would love one, but, why?

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Post by ATWindsor » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:56 am

Well, at least is shows that fanless operation is within reach, even for small atom-systems.

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Post by Ksanderash » Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:35 am

MikeC wrote:No optical drive on the eee pc.
Big deal. Plug in an external USB drive (50-60USD) if you need to :)

I personally would go with Atom'ed notebook instead of this not-upgradedable box.
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Post by qviri » Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:33 pm

NeilBlanchard wrote:Hi Mike,

Good review as always. I'm disappointed with the lack of WiFi -- a tiny portable unit that you have to plug in doesn't make sense to me.
You still have to plug in at the very least power and display, andm for many people, keyboard if not mouse too. It's not that portable. Wifi would be nice, I agree (how about making the casing an antenna so you don't need the stick antenna out the back either?), and I do see the problem with not necessarily having an ethernet socket nearby, but it's not the end of the world.
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Post by SinnerG » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:41 am

Same thing as the Targa Mini-PC.

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Post by SinnerG » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:43 am

Here's the Targa:

http://www.lidl-shop.de/de/Winterfreude ... Now-Nettop

Look familiar? At least this has wifi if but an add-on and not embedded.

So who makes this? Which company is doing the rebranding? Or is Targa actually Lenovo in Germany?

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Post by Monkeh16 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:32 am

Targa just rebrands things (or in the case of some of their desktops, at least a few years ago, builds from off the shelf components). Their laptops are MSI (and.. not so good).

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