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Review: Lenovo's affordable nettop, the IdeaCentre Q150, delivers as a media player but lacks the power to perform more complex tasks.Lenovo’s ultra-compact IdeaCentre Q150 represents what may very well be one of the smallest and most-affordable PCs for practical use on the market. Obviously, one would expect some trade-offs in terms of performance, but Lenovo has packed some surprising media-playback horsepower into the Q150’s polished, diminutive form factor.Our review unit came specced with an Intel Atom D510 running at 1.6GHz and two gigs of DDR3 RAM to power the Windows Home Premium 32-bit OS. A recovery partition occupies 30 gigs of the 500GB hard drive. It has built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN as well as a gigabit Ethernet port. Nvidia’s Ion GPU brings 512MB of video processing. The unit has no optical drive or card reader, but comes with a small USB keyboard and mouse. Lenovo also supplied us with one of the company’s N5901 wireless controllers, though it does not come standard.With a street price of $350, the Q150 is even cheaper than some barebones systems.Though the Q150 has an attractive design and satisfying heft, the standout attribute is the machine’s compact size.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 ($399 direct) is a simply designed nettop, made to be placed on your desk or bolted behind an HDTV or large LCD monitor. It's one of the best Web video/photo/music media consumption devices out there, once you've hooked up to a big screen. At 6.75 by 0.80 by 6 inches (HWD), the Q150 is even more compact than tiny PCs like the Apple Mac mini ($699 list, 4.5 stars) or eMachines Mini-e ER1402-05 ($299.99 list, 4 stars). It has no distinctive features, easily blending in with any decor. The Q150 looks like a black silicone trivet you'd keep in your kitchen to prevent hot pans from damaging your table. Because of its slim form, you could bolt it to the back of a large screen monitor or HDTV with the included VESA mounting bracket. Once bolted to the back of a big screen, the display effectively becomes a large all-in-one PC. The Q150 includes all the right ports for connectivity: There's an HDMI port for HDTVs and a VGA port for older monitors, 4 USB ports, and an Ethernet port. There isn't enough space for a DVI port, but HDMI is more prevalent on HDTVs. The system has a S/PDIF port for hooking it up to a surround sound system, and a headphone jack for people using the Q150 in studio apartments.
At some point, you know that you've gotten all you're going to get out of a compact PC, and no amount of money you sink into the product will deliver fantastic results. Such is the case with the $350 (as configured, as of September 27, 2010) Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 compact PC. At that kind of a price, you can't really expect a miracle--and, in this case, Lenovo even struggles to top the performance and feature set of this system's miniature predecessor, the Q100. To power the Q150, Lenovo opted for one of Intel's latest dual-core Atom processors, the 1.66GHz D510. Joining the CPU is 2GB of DDR3 memory. Unfortunately, that tandem didn't quite race through our WorldBench 6 suite of tests: The system's score of 40 on our benchmark was but four meager points higher than that of the Lenovo Q100 compact desktop. However, we can't fault Lenovo's love of storage. Offering an extra 350GB of capacity over its predecessor, the Q150 has a total of 500GB. It might not outrun the various compact PCs we've tested over the last year (the Viewsonic VOT530 and its WorldBench 6 score of 90 take that prize), but it certainly beats out all other compact PCs for the sheer amount of stuff you can stash on this small system.
While ultra-compact nettops have been around for some time now, they're still yet to revolutionize the HTPC market as we were initially promised. Hoping to change all that is Lenovo with their new IdeaCentre Q150, packing NVIDIA's Ion 2 GPU paired with a low-power Intel Atom CPU. Lenovo say it's good for 1080p HD; does the real-world experience live up to the spec sheet? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The IdeaCentre Q150-40816AU bears the mark of Lenovo's latest updates, throwing out the old single-core Atom chip of its predecessor and replacing it with an Intel D510 with twin 1.66GHz cores. That's paired with 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 500GB hard-drive, NVIDIA Ion 2 DX10 graphics chipset (with 512MB of dedicated VRAM) and WiFi b/g/n. Ports, meanwhile, include HDMI, VGA, two USB 2.0, ethernet and audio in/out on the back, while there are another two USB 2.0 ports and an S/PDIF digital audio output on the front under a plastic flap. Lenovo supply a stand for propping the Q150 upright, or alternatively there's a VESA mount on one side so you can hide it behind your HDTV or monitor. In the box, Lenovo supply a power brick and a wired USB keyboard and mouse set; however, the company also sent us their N5901 wireless keyboard.