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. Yet this mini-PC can’t escape the problems shared by all nettops. The hardware is barely adequate for modern computing. Tasks that are simple on other computers, such as playing back HD YouTube clips, are too much for this system to handle.
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
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.