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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110 review

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q110 - Ion Inside!

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Wireless and Performance

Wireless Keyboard

Since the nettop comes with no frills or added accessories, Lenovo has kindly bundled a Wireless Mini Keyboard (N5901) with the nettop, though this offer is currently only available via the StarHub package. While not currently available alone, expect to see the N5901 sold separately in the future. From our trials, we have to admit that it's a pretty awesome peripheral that's worthy for HTPC usage. You can practically junk aside the traditional bulky wireless keyboard and mouse combo when the system is used for entertainment needs and not for productivity purposes.

Lenovo's handheld N5901 integrates a QWERTY keyboard and trackball into one small device that fits comfortably in your hands. Its keyboard packs a nice tactile feel and smooth tracking from the trackball that the N5901 is an ideal replacement for the traditional keyboard and mouse combo for simple input needs. Furthermore, it also doubles up as a media controller for video playback, works with any computer (not just the IdeaCentre Q110) and is powered by just two AAA batteries.

Performance Aspects

Since it's basically running on the Intel Atom processor, it's no surprise that the IdeaCentre Q110's performance on our usual benchmarking programs is just about on par with other similarly configured systems such as the Acer Aspire Revo for its basic system performance since both machines share the same Intel Atom 230 processor. The dual-core Intel Atom 330 of the ASRock however, does lead the way for performance. Now, as for 3D performance, you'll see that between all three machines, NVIDIA's Ion platform is pretty consistent, and you would be pleased to know that the system also has no problem playing back HD movies fluently.