Lenovo IdeaCentre Q700 Wants To Be Your Black Box

The Q700 looks like a nettop, but has somewhat more grunt thanks to a 2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 CPU. Top specs include a TV tuner, HDMI, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, and Intel GMA X4500 graphics. Prices from $US499.

About the size of a DVD player, the compact HTPC sits either horizontally or vertically (with stand), and has a metal liner to shield against electromagnetic radiation.

On the front you'll find a four-in-one media card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro), four USB 2.0 ports, plus microphone and headphone jacks. One the back: an eSATA and HDMI connections (nice!), VGA, four further USB 2.0 ports, and a variety of audio connections, including S/PDIF-out. Wi-Fi and Ethernet are standard; options include a built-in TV tuner and various flavours of Windows Vista. [Lenovo via Nexus404]

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