Lenovo IdeaCentre C300 gets unboxed: sturdy build but potentially underpowered

Aug 13, 2009
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A whole lot bigger than the IdeaCentre Q700, but ironically packing less potent components, the Lenovo IdeaCentre C300 is the company's entry-level all-in-one and relies on Intel's Atom 230 or 330 1.6GHz CPU for its (limited) grunt.  Over at Nettop Review they've been unboxing the 20-inch widescreen nettop, finding that while it may lack power, it doesn't cut corners on build quality.

Gaining particular praise are the small footprint and fit/finish of the design, though the piano-black casing is a real fingerprint magnet as you'd expect.  They're also surprised at the PS/2 keyboard and mouse that Lenovo provide, though at least that keeps the nettop's USB ports free for other peripherals.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre C300 range starts from $449.99 for the single-core Atom 230 model with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.  The top-spec model, the C300-30122DU, has 4GB of RAM, the dual-core Atom processor and a 640GB hard-drive, and comes in at $699.99.  It also gets discrete ATI graphics, as opposed to the cheaper models' integrated Intel GMA 4500 GPU.


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