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Lenovo Q180 is 'world's smallest desktop PC'

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Lenovo's IdeaCentre Q180 is the smallest desktop PC in the world, according to the manufacturer. It's also been designed to be an effective HTPC, with Blu-ray, HDMI and 7.1 surround support.

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lenovo q180

Lenovo has released what it claims to be the world's smallest desktop PC. We're not sure we can really confirm such bravado, but the IdeaCentre Q180 certainly is pretty tiny — especially if you split it in half to remove the optical drive. It can be placed vertically or horizontally, with a sleek chassis of only 155 x 192 x 22mm — not much larger than a DVD case.

Of course, you're not going to be playing Battlefield 3 on a rig like this, but the machine does look like it'd make a decent HTPC. Inside, there's a 2.13GHz Atom processor with up to 4GB of RAM and your choice of a 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD. If you need something more, Lenovo provides options for a Radeon HD 6450A 512MB discrete graphics card, Blu-ray drive, and 750GB hard disk space — not a bad way to make optimal use of its HDMI and 7.1 surround sound output. The Q180 starts shipping at the beginning of December, and prices begin at $349 online.