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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110 review

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110 - Ion Inside!

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Bundled Budget Deal

Bundled Budget Deal

If you're looking for an affordable and cheap nettop for some video playback, then the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110 makes a good argument. Firstly, since it's only available via the StarHub home broadband deal, you'll be able to get the Q110 free when you sign up for it. Secondly, while this neat little unit isn't available in retail channels at the moment (unless you happen to grab it off someone who signed up for the StarHub plan), you might be interested to know that the cost of the Q110 and the bundled mini keyboard is just under S$800. Thirdly, the unit performs as expected with nary an issue, and plays HD vides without hassle.

Having said that, we do like to point out that the unit does lack a few features that some might find essential. Firstly, it's lacking in wireless capabilities, so integration with a home network will require additional cash investment in a WiFi dongle unless there are spare LAN ports hanging around the living room. There's also no Bluetooth, so if you find yourself not using the bundled keyboard, you'll have no choice but to use wired keyboard and mice, which can be a messy proposition if used in the living room environment.

Otherwise, Lenovo's IdeaCentre Q110 has definitely left us impressed so far thanks to its slim form factor and the use of NVIDIA's Ion platform within it. If you're shopping around for a home broadband plan and looking for a spare computer, you have till the end of the year to grab this package from StarHub. If you're however looking to purchase this individually, you'll have to wait some time as Lenovo did notify us that they would not be offering it though retail channels as yet. However, since they mentioned that their deal with StarHub is until the end of the year, we're guessing that perhaps the IdeaCentre Q110 will be available in retail next year.