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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Lenovo unveils Windows Home Server, tiny home theater PCs

Finally, you can get a home server with IBM pedigree.

Lenovo today confirmed that it’s releasing an Atom-based home server, a $499 model with up to 8 terabytes of capacity:

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The company also rolled out several new tiny PCs with home theater capabilities — a sample of its Windows 7 wave lineup, out in time for back-to-school sales.

They include the “ultra slim and small” Q100 and Q110 desktops that are just 0.7 inches thick. Inside are Atom processors and Nvidia’s Ion graphics system, which outputs 1080p video and supports Direct X 10 graphics. They’ll go on sale next month for $249 to $349:

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Slightly larger but still tiny for a PC is the Q700, a $499 entertainment-focused desktop with full desktop processors, HD video and 7.1 surround sound. Specs are a little iffy, though; Lenovo’s site had suggested it was available with up to a quad core processor and a 1 terabyte drive but the press material says it will have Pentium chips:

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Lenovo also announced a new IdeaPad laptop, the U350, with a 14-inch screen, DDR3 memory and HDMI output. It’s 0.9 inches thick, weighs five pounds and starts at $799:

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Specs for all models are on the next page:

IdeaCentre D400 Home Server

Dimensions: 200mm horizontal X 210 vertical X 220 depth

Processor: Atom 230 (single) 1.6 GHz

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 4 hard drives, up to 8 TB of total storage

Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet – can connect to wireless router for wireless

Multimedia: 5 USB, 1 eSATA

Other: iTunes server, Lenovo PC Client, Windows Home Server service pack 2

IdeaCentre Q700 Home Theatre PC

Dimensions: 250mm (h)x200 (d) x60 (w)

Processor: Intel Pentium with Duo Core E5200, E5300, E7500; Intel G43 Express Chipset

Memory: up to 4 GB DDR2 667 mHz

Storage: 320, 500 or 640 GB, holds up to 2 TB

Graphics: Intel integrated GMA 950, 1920×1080 high definition, GMA X4500

Connectivity: WiFi 802.11b/g, Gigabit Ethernet

Multimedia: HDMI connector, DVD/RW player, 8 USB, 1 eSATA, firewire, 4-in-1 card reader, audio in/out, mic, headphone, S/PDIF out, optional PCEe ATSC TV tuner with remote, optional wired mouse and keyboard

Weight: 5.6 pounds

Other: Windows Vista Home Premium 64, Lenovo Rescue System, wired keyboard and mouse, remote

IdeaCentre Q100 and Q110 Nettops

Dimensions:6inx6.3×0.7

Processor: Intel Atom 230 single core, sis672 chipset

Memory: 1 GB DDR2 on Q100, 2 GB on Q110

Storage: 160 GB on Q100, 250 GB on Q110

Graphics: Intel integrated on Q100, ION 1980×1080 high definition and Direct 10X graphics on Q110

Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g wireless dongle included (no keyboard and mouse)

Multimedia: Gigabit Ethernet, VGA connector (HDMI connector on Q110)

Other: Windows XPHome, Vista Home Premium

IdeaPad U450p

Dimensions: 338.5mm (w) x 235.5 (d) x 23-28.9 (h)

Display: 14 inch WXGA, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366×768 LED backlight

Processor: Intel Pentium SU2700, SU3500, Intel Core2 Solo SU4100, SU7300

Memory:up to 4 GB DDR3

Storage: 250 GB, 320 GB

Graphics: Intel integrated GMA 4500 MHD

Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, with Intel wireless A/G/N with SU7300

Multimedia: HDMI connector, multitouch touchpad, DVD/RW, 1.3 megapixel camera, 2 1.5 watt speakers, 3 USB, 4-in-1 card reader

Weight: 4.6 pounds with 6 cell

Battery: 6 cell/6 hour

Other: VeriFace facial recognition, Vista Home Premium, One Key Rescue System, Carbonite, DDNi, Napster, Wild Tangent

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