|Processor||2.3 GHz Atom D2700|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Hard Drive||320 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 6450A|
|Wireless Type||802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 31102KU Desktop (Black)
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The dual core Atom 2.13gz processor is fine, no issues there. To the previous reviewer, you are not going to see much difference between 2.13gz and 2.3gz, but in fairness, Amazon should change this page to say 2.13gz so people know what they're buying.
The 2 USB ports on the front are USB 3 - a quick web search would have answered this for you.
Great PC - small, neat, quiet, and with 4GB RAM - perfect for a HTPC. Wouldn't bother using this with Windows though - I think you'd need an Intel i3 or i5 processor to get Windows to play 1080p flawlessly but as I said, the Dual Core Atom is perfect with Ubuntu 12.04.
Note: I purchased the 4gb memory + blueray player version, but the comments below apply equally as long as you bump the memory (and maybe even without it).
Some of the problems people (like me) first have with this computer are due to Lenovo's outdated drivers. Lenovo's support page drivers are also outdated as of the time of writing (they're dated Oct. 2011). To get this machine working as smoothly as possible, I needed to follow clues from several forums and do the following:
1) update Realtek ethernet driver and Intel chipset driver from those two web sites directly (Realtek HD Audio driver also had an update). Windows doesn't find these automatically.
2) Disable many of the AMD video effects, especially Mosquito Noise Reduction. and dynamic contrast adjustment (go into Catalyst control center > Video Settings).Read more ›
1. Standard Def plays well. Streaming via wifi works well with standard def files.
2. It can play 720p videos although streaming via wifi does not work too well. The audio and video desync. If the 720p file is on the physical harddrive it will play decently. The audio and video of some files will desync sometimes.
3. It doesn't play 1080p files well at all. It stutters when played using GomPlayer.
Netflix seems to run fine on Chrome browser. I haven't really checked it out on Internet Explorer because I don't really use it.
Youtube HD runs fine as well.
I give this a four star because:
-It is compact.
-It will play netflix.
-Youtube HD will play fine.
-Streaming SD content Via wifi works fine
Minus 1 star because the product does not do full HD 1080p
I really wish this product had a bit more power to run full 1080p without hiccups. Maybe the next iteration will be better.
I'll just give a quick overview of my first impressions.
- Very small form factor!
- Seems to be faster than your average Mini-PC; I'm guessing the graphics card has something to do with that.
- Comes with a cool little handheld keyboard/mouse combo. Helped me get it setup quickly and not have to go digging for a keyboard/mouse.
- Comes with an annoying "Lenovo Screensaver" installed and turned on by default. It's basically a big advertisement for the PC complete with music (very loud by default too). I promptly uninstalled it and highly recommend that be the first thing you do after setup.
The screen saver was my only reason for 4 stars instead of 5. You would think PC manufacturers would wise up to putting such annoying junk on PCs by now.
Overall, I love it.
* looks nice, can be used with the stand or laying down and is a great form factor for an HTPC
* Comes pre-loaded with almost everything you need for an HTPC
* Pretty solid feature set for a $300 box. (Very solid I/O)
* Remote keyboard / mouse... i like it, functional and backlit. Nice for an HTPC
* Relatively quite.
* Quality... the first one I received the HD crashed during setup and could no longer be detected. Would somewhat forgive but reading other reviews there seems to be some quality issues with this product from Lenovo
* Performance... I haven't played around with it long enough but this thing is slow. I know it's an ATOM processor so it's not going to have i7 speed (or i3 for that matter) but if you're going to market something as an perfect for an HTPC; probably should better tune the system to perform better out of the box with WMC etc. The lag is just unreasonable for even this processor. Over the next couple weeks I'll see if there are things I can tune a bit with the OS to improve performance but should be better out of the box. I may do a clean self install to see if that helps.
Bottom Line: If you're buying this to be a HTPC and want something low maintenance to setup... AVOID. You may get lucky but given some other reviews and my experience I can't recommend it for that. If you don't mind the chance you'll have to get your hands dirty, and maybe have to do a clean self install it may be worth a shot.
I do have to give credit to Amazon, as typical they come thru when there is a problem with something they sold me. Sent me a replacement the next day.Read more ›
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I just received it today and when I went to boot it up, it said no operating found. I'm returning it.Published 7 months ago by Cindy
I love the concept of this computer but I find the internet connection incredibly slow and overall performance lacking for what you need to display streaming 1080p video. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by CO Business Owner
Great for web browsing, watching movies and whatnot. Great alternative to a big desktop. I did upgrade the memory from 2 to 4 gb. I was stunned at how nice the build quality was. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Gigg
I bought this system for use in a HTPC DVR set up. I am using the usb 2 connections for things like a wireless keyboard/mouse and usb tuner card. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by wbrost
Hard to review. Plugged it in and it didnt turn on. Never got to use it. had to return itPublished on July 7, 2012 by Angelle
I purchased this for the purpose of hooking it up to my TV to stream online videos from the major network sites. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Kyle M. Schroeder