It's nearly two months since Intel made its new desktop Atom processors available and we haven't seen much in terms of support from PC makers or motherboard partners, well, that was until now, as Lenovo is first out with its Ideacentre Q180. It's built around the lower-end Atom D2500, but it has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.

It's nearly two months since Intel made its new desktop Atom processors available and we haven't seen much in terms of support from PC makers or motherboard partners, well, that was until now, as Lenovo is first out with its Ideacentre Q180. It's built around the lower-end Atom D2500, but it has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.

As you may know, the Atom D2500 is a 1.86GHz dual core chip with 1MB of L2 cache and integrated graphics running at 400MHz. However, Lenovo decided to go down an interesting path here and kit outs its Ideacentre QQ180 with an AMD Radeon HD 6450A GPU with 512MB of graphics memory. We're not entirely sure what the A in the GPU model name stands for, but this is AMD's entry level GPU. Even so, it should be a few times better than the PowerVR based GPU inside the Atom processor.

The rest of the system is fairly average with support for up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 750GB of hard drive space, although Lenovo is also listing a 128GB SSD option, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity, a built in card reader, 7.1-channel audio (over optical S/PDIF) and an HDMI port. You also get 802.11n Wi-Fi which is always nice and for those that rather use wired Ethernet, there's the Gigabit kind on offer.

The entire system measures a mere 155x192x22mm (WxHxD) which makes it one of the slimmest PC's out there. In fact, it reminds of a system that ViewSonic launched back in the Atom 330 days and even more so considering that Lenovo is offering an external optical drive – DVD or Blu-ray available – that attaches to the system. A vertical stand appears to be part of the package and you also get a keyboard and a mouse.

In the US the Ideacentre Q180 starts at an affordable US$369 (S$485), although for some reason the customization page on Lenovo's website seems to suggest you get an Atom D2700 (2.13GHz) for that kind of money. The base model comes with a 500GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM, whereas US$429 will get you 4GB of RAM and a DVD drive on top of the base spec.

Source: Lenovo