Reviewers say the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150-40816AU is a top pick among nettops, which are small, inexpensive computers designed for basic tasks. It's not the cheapest nettop, but the IdeaCentre Q150-40816AU has good performance for its size and is an excellent addition to a media center or home theater, according to reports. The 6.75-by-6-inch computer has an HDMI output and can stream videos or movies from the web. It doesn't come with a display or keyboard, so you'll have to buy those separately. The nettop has a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor and 2 GB of RAM, making it best suited to web surfing, email or composing documents -- not gaming or video editing.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150-40816AU has a spacious 500 GB hard drive, but doesn't include an optical drive, and some users say the fan runs loudly. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150-40816AU is sold directly by the manufacturer. Many online retailers offer a similar model, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150-40814AU (*Est. $350). That version comes with a smaller, 250 GB hard drive but adds a palm-sized multimedia remote with a small integrated keyboard to the package. If you need a more robust desktop computer, reviewers recommend the HP Pavilion Slimline s5-1060 (*Est. $770).
PCMag.com has the best review of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150-40816AU, complete with benchmark testing and detailed analysis. Editors at PCMag.com also do a great job comparing the nettop to other similar computers. Wired, SlashGear.com and Liliputing.com have useful reviews, although the nettop isn't always rated and reviews are not as detailed.
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The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 earns an Editors' Choice award from PCMag.com. Joel Santo Domingo says the nettop is a great addition to your home theater, especially for watching videos or playing music.
Review: Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150, Joel Santo Domingo, Oct. 19, 2010
Wired gives the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 an overall rating of 7 out of 10. Christopher Null says it has netbook-like performance, but it does a good job with streaming video. However, he says he would like an optical drive.
Review: Razor-Thin Desktop PC Has Price, Performance to Match, Christopher Null, Aug. 4, 2010
SlashGear.com doesn't rate the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150, but Ewdison Then writes a lengthy, test-based review. Then says the Lenovo nettop is a "great little media PC," although he notes that it can't handle intensive tasks or lots of multitasking.
Review: Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review, Ewdison Then, July 28, 2010
Brad Linder at Liliputing.com says the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 performs well in multimedia tests, and he thinks it would be a good addition to a home theater. However, Linder says that the fan runs loud.
Review: Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Nvidia Ion Nettop Review, Brad Linder, Sept. 20, 2010