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.
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.