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Small and inexpensive - ideal for today's general PC needs
on 7 April 2013
Ever since Microsoft launched Windows 8, I knew it wasn't for me - and the future of computing has changed (almost overnight, it seems). And far from offering more choice, with Windows 8 came "either use it or don't". No cheaper, Windows 7 machines to be found on shop floors and increasingly hard to find a good spec machine running the better operating system (imho).
I'd put off this purchase for awhile, as I'd become accustomed to always wanting the latest and greatest specs in terms of hardware; with Intel i5 or i7 processors, with 8-16Gb of RAM as standard - obviously NOT what this machine offered. But the introduction of new computing technologies in terms of tablets and smartphones have shown that they can do as much (and in some cases more) than 'traditional' PCs - with much, much lower specs. And so I re-evaluated my own computing needs, coupled with the drop in price for this unit and took a gamble.
It paid off. :0)
Don't fall into my trap that having too much power is what's required. It isn't. I can comfortably open all the same programs/packages I used previously, including quite heavy Photoshop work. I love the size of this device; it is much smaller than I imagined (even after reading other reviews about dimensions) - to see it in action is impressive. I have it hooked it to my 32" TV, which I use as a monitor and graphics are fine. The system boots much faster than my outgoing Windows Vista machine and has handled everything I did on that with ease. It is very quiet, but not silent. There are plenty of ports, and I would recommend this to anyone, but I believe its no longer available as there is a new model - the Q190, which unfortunately runs Win 8. Yes - I know in theory you can downgrade, but then you'd need to factor the additional licence costs.
The only reason I dropped a star is it struggles to play / stream movies from lovefilm; whether that's my screen's 1920x1080p resolution or the low graphic capability of the device, I'm not sure - but that's not the main reason I bought the Q180, and if I have the need/requirement, I am in the position of switching on my noisy, Vista Dell PC for awhile.
This is most likely to be my last MS Windows PC, as the company is set on pushing its touchscreen OS on devices which are not touch. Shame; for more than 20 years they had me, but now I am looking at all available alternatives. Hopefully not for the next few years though as this PC should last the 2-3 year cycle.