Lenovo VE74AUK Q190 Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop PC (Black) - Intel Celeron B887 1.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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- The world's smallest desktop PC
- Uniquely compact, it comes with a range of multimedia features that can turn your TV into an entertainment hub for games, videos and web browsing
- Share your music, movies, photos on any device from anywhere through Lenovo Cloud
- Full HD graphics and (up to) 7.1 surround sound
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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 Desktop
Turn Your Living Room into an Entertainment Hub
Turn your TV into a fully functional computer with the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190, an incredibly small desktop PC. Watch video clips, create a home theatre or simply browse the Web on your favourite screen - without taking up valuable space.
Uniquely compact, it comes with a range of multimedia features that can turn your TV into an entertainment hub for games, videos and web browsing. With Full HD graphics, up to 7.1 surround sound, plus an optional Blu-ray Disk drive supporting Blu-ray 3D playback, it doubles up as a mobile home theatre system. It also comes with either a compact wireless multimedia remote or USB keyboard and mouse. All this and more, powered by a 2nd-generation Intel Core family processor and Windows 8.
Incredibly Small Desktop PC
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 is very small - at just 22 mm wide it is a similar size to a book. This compact space-saving design allows it to be easily stored wherever you need it - next to the TV, in an entertainment centre, or behind your monitor in the home office. The Q190 can be stored either horizontally or vertically for extra flexibility.
For the ultimate in unobtrusive computing, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 can be stored behind your HDTV or monitor. The included VESA Mount allows you to attach the Q190 to the rear of your TV, allowing for easy connections.
Wireless Multimedia Remote or USB Keyboard and Mouse
The IdeaCentre Q190 comes with either the Lenovo compact wireless multimedia remote with a built-in mini-keyboard and mouse, or a USB keyboard and mouse to allow you to easily control your web browsing and gaming.
This wireless remote allows you full control over the Q190 from the comfort of your favourite chair or couch without any wires. The backlit keyboard gives you playback controls as well as all the keys you need to conduct basic computing, typing and internet browsing tasks, while the optical mouse will allow you to full control over Windows 7 and a slide bar makes it easier to navigate through lengthy web pages.
Lenovo Rescue System - Data Backup and Recovery
The Q190 comes with the Lenovo Rescue System, making data backup and recovery simple so you can spend time on being more productive. With the touch of a button you can restore the system and recover valuable data. The Lenovo Rescue System interface allows you to quickly diagnose where a system corruption takes occurs, ensuring that recovery is fast and effective. You can also set up incremental or full backups, create recovery disks, do a factory reset, install drivers and software automatically, or secure your system with a password.
Imagine your files, everywhere. Lenovo's online storage and cloud utilities allow you the freedom to choose your device and location. With 5 GB of free storage, you'll be able to secure and access your files wherever you are, on whatever machine you find yourself on.
HDMI for High-definition Entertainment
The IdeaCentre Q190 comes with a HDMI interface that supports exceptional Full HD viewing on a wide range of home entertainment devices. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV or monitor, plugging a HDMI cable into your desktop allows the transmission of both 7.1 channel stereo audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution. You'll find lots of compatible HDMI devices are now available, or already in your home making it easy to connect the Q190 to your home theatre set-up. Or, if you wish to connect to a non-HDMI or second display, the Q190 also features a VGA port.
Windows 8 is Microsoft's sleekest, most innovative operating system yet. Built around touch technology and tiled applications, the OS takes the PC experience to a new level of customisation, consumption and creation.
Intel Core Family Processors
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 comes with the intelligent and efficient Intel Core i3 and Celeron processors. Designed to deliver power when and where you need it most, these processors are perfect for playback of high-definition movies and music, smooth web-browsing, and also helps you to enjoy casual gaming on the big screen. You'll also find fast DDR3 memory, and a large hard drive to help store all your favourite media.
Integrated High-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
With its integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this desktop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers). This desktop also provides ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking (10/100/1000).
High-speed USB 3.0
On the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190, you'll find four USB 2.0 ports for connecting to your favourite peripherals, and two USB 3.0 ports. This next generation of USB connectivity transfers data to and from external devices up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, taking advantage of capabilities supported by many of the newest devices. With more bandwidth available, you'll be able to enjoy higher delivery speed and better performance while transcoding or sharing information.
6-in-1 Card Reader with SDXC Support
The IdeaCentre Q190 comes with a 6-in-1 card reader that supports the latest high-capacity storage media for file sharing, transfer and storage, including the latest Secure Digital (SDXC) cards. This allows you to easily store and transfer files between devices, including photos and videos from your digital cameras.
Captivate & Entertain
Optional Add-on Blu-ray Disc or DVD-RW Drive
Selected models of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 give you the option of attaching an add-on Blu-ray Disc or DVD-RW drive to allow you to watch the best in high-definition entertainment or your favourite films on DVD. Easy to attach, these drives slot in next to the Q190, and allow you to play and enjoy the latest DVD or Blu-ray 3D movies on a compatible TV or monitor, giving your entertainment an extra dimension. You'll also be able to access tons of extras, such as commentary tracks, trivia, games, trailers and more.
Up to 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Support
Perfect for a home theatre, with HDMI you can experience up to 7.1 channel surround sound to get a truly cinematic experience from your entertainment. You'll also find an S/PDIF port for lossless digital audio output, and an audio-out slot ideal for headphones.
Lenovo Q190 PC
Top customer reviews
I consume a lot of media - Youtube, iplayer, 4od and lots of downloaded content. I also do some light multitasking (like writing reviews on Amazon with media playing in the background!). For these purposes this PC meets and exceeds my requirements.
For people wondering if this PC is suitable for them, here are the reasons I personally decided to get it:
1) I wanted a PC to hook up to my TV so I can browse the net and do what I usually do, but in the living room.
2) I was considering getting an Android mini PC, however these did not seem particularly reliable and as an android user already I know that there would be compatibility issues with websites, that certain videos would not play and it would be much slower than this PC.
3) I was considering hooking up one of my existing PCs to the TV, but none of them have HDMI output (only VGA). After reading around it seemed pretty clear that VGA output would not be as good as HDMI output in terms of picture quality. Also VGA doesn't transmit sound so I wouldn't really be able to use my home cinema sound system effectively.
4) Changing the graphics card so that I could output through HDMI in one of my existing computers would cost quite a lot of money anyway.
5) I was considering building a HTPC from scratch, but it was too much hassle for me and as an off the shelf alternative I believe this PC is the best option out there.
All in all, I can't fault this machine. It does exactly what I want it to and the HDMI output looks stunning on my 51 inch TV.
PS. my version did not come with the blu ray player - but I'd rather have a separate blu ray player going straight into my TV anyway.
At £249 ($348 in Amazon US) fully loaded for what Lenovo call the world's smallest PC, I see this as currently the best value full HTPC. (With it paperback book size and 500mb drive, it's also perfect to fill with kids Movies to take on holiday etc).
Only downside is slightly louder than expected fan noise that appears to run at full speed all the time, even though XBMC never raises CPU utilisation above 10% (though can only really hear it during the quietest dialogue parts of a film). I can't find a BIOS setting or get any Fan control software to reduce the fan speed.
I'm Considering rebuilding it with OpenELEC 3.0 (when it is finally released) so as to reduce boot up time. (As Q190 has Intel 2000 graphics it will support HD audio unlike HTPC's running AMD cpu's with on board graphics).
(Now the emotional part is over, let's give you some rationale...)
Connecting this to the televsion provides a fully enable Internet TV. The device is so easy to set up (including all the usual things I do with a new machine, this only took two hours and I normally take at least 4-6 hours). You could, however, use it straight out of the box, but I would advise against this.
For example, McAfee is pre-loaded. You just don't need it as Windows Defender is included free of charge. (BTW - by trade I am a full security consutlant and our team at work, one of the largest in the world, has confirmed that Windows Defender is jsut plain good). Also, there is a time limited version of Office. You may be able to de-install and buy a cheaper version depending on who you work for...
Performance is great and it handles HD video without any problem
I have, however, not relied upon the wireless connection as, based on past experience, there is just too much electrical noise near the TV and a wired connection is so much better.
I also have a wireless keyboard and mouse to use from the sofa rather than using the wired ones provided.
So overall, highly recommended.
Has 4 USB 2.0 on the back, perfect to put the wireless keyboard and mouse receivers.
2x USB 3.0 on the front inside the panel, perfect for data transferring from my old Laptop.
HDMI connects seamlessly to my 42" LG HDTV.
I Use it only for iTunes, VLC and Chrome, that's all i have installed, all i need installed. Perfect for music (even better if you have a sound system with your TV)
Films play fine. MP4 WMV MKV (pretty much the only files i use) ranging from low quality but still stretch out well right up to the 1080p looking good.
Never had a problem with the speed Although im hardly using it for anything intensive.
People have commented on the noise.. im about 7 foot away from the unit and its a small whirr..
I imagine if you lived on a main road, after a while you get used to the cars going past and soon block the noise out.. same as..
My only slight concern is the strength of the WIFI signal, im diagonally opposite in the house where the router is, which doest help, although my Laptop and phone both receive 5 bars, this can struggle between 2/3 bars (effectively no connection) to between 3/4 which is pretty good.. If i could stay or get to a constant 5 i would probably have less buffering on Youtube etc..
Windows 8, first time ive ever used it and i love it, even after the bad reviews and publicity.. Bit like having a smartphone home screen then you have to press a button to go into whats effectively windows 7. But having a Twitter app and the desktop running split screen is awesome.
Very quick and easy set up both in terms of hardware and software.
Ive tried to review the points in which i was buying it for (the simple side of computing/internet/media)
Definitely a good machine. ( i bought the Lower spec Celeron NOT i3 model.)
Most recent customer reviews
Can do all of the jobs that I was doing on my old much bigger OC