Excerpt: If the netbook was a shooting star, the nettop was an asteroid that never quite entered our atmosphere. Instead it flew silently by, noted by NASA, written about in a handful of articles, and now forgotten.
Conclusion: If your budget allows, springing for the $599 Apple Mac Mini might be a smarter choice here, as its much more powerful Core i5 CPU and better graphics chip should have zero trouble with 1080p media playback. (It’s pretty quiet, too.) But then, the Mac Mini lacks an optical drive, something we contend most media PC buyers still find important. So if you’ve found a great media PC in the $500$600 price range, please let us know in the comments below. We’re still looking.
Conclusion: The Lenovo Q180 is one of the best nettops we’ve ever tested. It is small, quiet, attractive and comes with a buffet of peripherals that add value to the system. If you’re going to buy a nettop this is likely to be your best option.
Pros: Small and attractive, Numerous ports, Ships with useful peripherals
Cons: Inadequate processor performance, Can’t handle many HD video sources, More powerful systems are priced the same
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 is a mediocre performer, but its size, portability, and couch-friendly multimedia remote make it a good contender for media mavens on a budget. It isn't the most capable media-center PC, but if you're looking for a very inexpensive nettop to flesh out an entertainment center or stash in a nook, this is it.
Excerpt: Lenovo goes ultrasmall with its latest net-top , the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180. This compact PC 's optional optical drive is detachable too, just in case you need its footprint to be even smaller. Unfortunately, tiny, space-saving PCs often come with less-impressive specs and performance, and the Q180 is no different, as this Intel Atom-based machine scored very low on our benchmark tests.
Conclusion: The Q180 does have weak points - the most disappointing aspect was seeing it struggle when streaming full HD playback. On the audio side, it rather muddied some of our music DVDs, and while the remote is a great idea, the integrated mouse is fiddly to use. Despite all this, the PC delivers a crisp picture with Blu-rays, runs both quietly and coolly, and is incredibly compact yet offers good connectivity.
Excerpt: Ein Office-Rechner muss meistens keine High-End-Leistung bringen. Wichtig sind Zuverlässigkeit, vielfältige Einsatzmöglichkeiten und manchmal auch ein gewisses Aussehen. Gerade in exklusiv eingerichteten Büros spielt die Optik eine große Rolle, da die Rechner auf oder unter dem Schreibtisch das Gesamtbild sonst empfindlich stören könnten. Mit dem Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 besteht diese Gefahr allerdings nicht – ganz im Gegenteil sogar.