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Compact and flexible: The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190

Some people may think that desk tops are a dying breed due to their lack of portability and the rise of the laptop and tablet.  In reality however, they still serve to fill a niche by offering users processing power and storage capacity without the high prices associated with laptops of the same caliber. 

The Q190 comes loaded with Windows 8, 500 GB or 1 TB of memory, 4 GB (expandable to 8GB) of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual core processor.  The front ports on the computer include headphone/mic, 2 USB 3.0, and a 6 in 1 media card reader.  On the back, there are 4 more USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Power, and LAN ports.  Also, the computers optional optical drive allows you to upgrade and turn your computer into a DVD or Blueray player.  This layout is sure to be able to handle a workload of HD movies and games without any problems.

While the Lenovo Q190 serves as a great PC that is extremely compact and can be set up almost anywhere, it also can also function great as a multi media device.  Using HDMI or VGA, you can easily hook it up to your TV and operate it from the comfort of your couch with the included wireless keyboard/remote.  It is a breeze to stream content from Netflix, Hulu, or any of the other apps available. Plus, since it is a PC, you can surf the web and do everything that you would normally use your computer to do, right in your living own room.

At less than an inch wide, you can install the Lenovo almost anywhere.  It even comes with a bracket so that you can mount it on the back of a TV or monitor.  You can also connect to the internet using the computers built in WiFi card eliminating the necessity for connecting to the Q190 directly to your router.  This frees you to set up the computer anywhere in your home. 

Even if you don’t need a dedicated media computer for your flat screen, the Lenovo still works great as a regular desktop.  Its small size will allow you some extra space on your desk and it can be installed vertically so that it takes up even less room.  Although it sacrifices portability, by starting at under $400, it is cheaper than most laptops and offers a wider range of functionality.

Specifications:

Processor Intel® Celeron® 887 processor (2 cores / 2 threads, 1.50GHz, 2MB cache)
Operating System Windows 8© 64-bit
Video Graphics Intel HD Graphics, External monitor support via analog VGA DB-15 connector / digital HDMI connector
Hard Drive 500GB (5400 rpm) / SATA 3.0Gb/s, 2.5″ wide
Memory 4GB Installed (8GB max), PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3, non-parity, one 204-pin SO-DIMM socket* System automatically clocks down for processors with 1333MHz DDR3 memory controller
Audio Support High Definition (HD) audio, Realtek® ALC662 codec
Integrated Communications 11b/g/n wireless, Realtek RTL8188EEGigabit ethernet on planar, Realtek RTL8111F-CG
System Weight Starting at 5.25 lb
System Dimension 6.10″ x 0.87″ x 7.56″
Slots/Ports 2 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, S/PDIF, Kensington Security Slot, 6-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, MS Pro)
Additional Features Mount bracket, meets the VESA 75mm and 100mm mount standard2.4GHz Wireless Mini Keyboard N5902, palm-sized dimensions, keyboard and mouse (optical finger navigation) combo, via micro-size USB receiver

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