updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue August 18, 2009
Lenovo Q110 Q700 D400
Lenovo this afternoon put an end to speculation and launched its IdeaCentre Q series of mini desktops as well as its first Windows Home Server. The Q110 is Lenovo's first home nettop and gets NVIDIA's Ion chipset, giving it enough power to decode 1080p in hardware as well as render reasonably modern 3D as well as accelerate some heavily optimized tasks like video encoding. Its other specs aren't known but involve HD video output and should be based on an Intel Atom chip at its $349 price.
The Q100 is closely related to the Q110 but uses Intel's graphics instead to lower the price to $249. As a consequence, it loses HD video support and is limited to VGA for output. These ship in mid-September.
Today's launch also more formally confirms the previously seen Q700, a full-power mini desktop that uses a 2.5GHz Pentium dual-core (though Core 2 Duo is mentioned), GMA 4500 graphics that can handle 1080p, and storage that ranges from 320GB to 1TB along with a DVD drive. It sells now for $499.
An endcap to the releases comes in the IdeaCentre D400, the Windows Home Server and considered the storage hub for a typical home. Its full specs aren't available but are known to include four 3.5-inch drive bays that, like a Drobo, don't require symmetric storage sizes and can be hot-swapped while the system is running; it can't automatically redistribute data, however. Five USB ports and a one-button data copy button give it room for common removable storage, and a single eSATA port provides a faster alternative. Remote web access to content is also a virtue of the D400, which will cost $499 when it's ready in mid-September.