15 of 18(83%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for IdeaCentre Q190 New!
Review 1 for IdeaCentre Q190 New!
Owned Product:Just got it
Do not upgrade to Win 8.1 if you want to use WiFi
Date:February 28, 2014
Cons: Wireless card
"Basically, Win 8 is unusable, so the machine needs to be upgraded to 8.1 so anyone who has ever used Windows before can figure out how to use it. But once that is done, the WiFi quit. Driver issue, but since it is NOT the OS the machine came with, Lenovo wants to charge a crazy fee (I forget, due to shock, I think it was either $99 or $199) to obtain the correct driver.
Nothing on the Lenovo support website about the problem. I really appreciate banging my head against the keyboard for about 8 hours only to end up with a machine that has broken WiFi."
"I recommend this computer for those who want to watch media and browse the internet on their TV. However, there are some issues that you need to watch out for. When I first used it, not all of the icons fit the TV screen but after adjusting the screen, the icons fit now. Second, DO NOT INSTALL WINDOWS 8.1, it makes your wifi not work anymore. Lastly, if you are having trouble seeing the apps, go to change PC settings, Ease of Access. Unfortunately, Lenovo for some dumb reason decided to discontinue their Blu-Ray optical drives. If you decide to go with a third party Blu-Ray player, you will also need to buy software. I recommend PowerDVD and the Asus Blu-Ray Combo SBC06D2XU Optical Drive. Other than that, this computer is a good investment despite being somewhat pricey."
Pros: Weight, Included software, Keyboard/peripherals
"The first Q series I bought was of a different design, it was smaller and lighter, I wish I still had that one. I ended up selling it to a friend from out of town who couldn't wait the 3-4 weeks production and shipping. So I went ahead and purchased a second one but this time with a DVD player. Use it every day to stream and use as a PC. No problems with the unit, except the DVD drive gets stuck some times. Not a problem for me cause I don't use the drive much anyways. Compared to a barebones system where you can add all the components yourself and end up with a much better computer, there's also the extra price that comes with it. So for 299 on sale, it's a great value and even comes with an OS installed."
"We have been using the Q190 as a home theater computer connected to our LCD TV with sound bar for music and video streaming via a wired Ethernet connection since we cancelled our cable TV service 3 months ago. It's ultra compact size and features are truly amazing for the price. Love having access to things that many stand alone streaming devices lack. We did end up purchasing a wireless keyboard from a different company because it was better suited for our home theater application than the included USB mouse and keyboard, but that's truly a non-issue."
"Time and money researching and buying a PC only to spend hours and hours running updates to get it to work properly. The wired keyboard and mouse seems out of sync with the compact size of the machine. Still, it is a great size for the living room."
"I purchased my first Q180 about 2 years ago. Since then I have purchased around 20 Q190's ranging from the standard processor to the I3. I am very impressed with the computers design and performance. I use it also for MRI's, Electronic Xrays and standard desktop applications."
"Everything is good, except for lack of analog speaker output at the back. They only provide spdif output, which means most analog 3.5mm input unable to use. U can only plug your analog input at the front for headphone output which is not meant for speaker."
"I'm replacing an Apple TV and Roku with this and it delivers in spades. It turns out Windows 8 looks great on a LCD TV. Since all the apps are full screen, they look tailor made for TV already. And combined with the Lenovo Multimedia keyboard, it's very easy to navigate.
Performance is just fine under Win 8. I didn't notice any slowdowns and no hickups in video playback either. I should also add it's essentially silent in operation.
Overall, this was a great purchase, especially considering the price."
"i bought this computer because my old one broke down. i was reluctant at first because it has an intel celeron processor, and those aren't known to be fast. however, since it was only 285 dollars, and came with windows, i couldn't resist. if i didn't like it, i would return it within 30 days. but since it got here, it hasn't failed to surprise me yet. it's really fast, and it looks really good. it runs so quiet that you can hardly hear the fans.
overall, i would recommend. expecially since lenovo is known to be reliable."
"i pain 285 in total for this pc, and couldn't be happier. I've had this for 4 months now, and it's performing really well. it's stable, and it's surprisingly fast. my only concern is the processor. they could at least provide the option of providing a faster processor instead of making the decision beforehand..."
Pros: Input/Output compatibility, Weight, Warranty, Processor, Support, Included software, Memory, Wireless card, Build Quality, on desk with i/o
"I love my Q190. It is great to have unit on my desktop with all my I/O . It was a very easy install and plugging and unplugging new devices such as a Printer, Display/Monitor, KB,Mouse, Scanner, Cable Box, $29 Slim Portable DVD, etc is so easy. No Crawling on floor (I'm 78). I upgraded from Windows XP and could have used a better users guide. I don't use Windows 8 touch and the ICON Screen is harder to navigate than XP."
"So i have had the Q190 for over a month, I still like it and the performance is very good. After some use the 9502 keyboard is not as great as I thought...sometimes doesn't connect and not so easy to hold, type on, or navigate with (you can download a mouse and keyboard on Android/iPhone that works well). One more minor annoyance...I work and read in complete silence usually and the Q190 is in the same room with me...there is a discernible "beep beep beep..." when the Q190 is in standby mode...would be nice if this noise were eliminated (simple fix is to power it all the way off)."
"Seems like there are limited models due to this being early in the launch (launched mid-Jan, only a few weeks ago). Would like to see the i3 Version (dissappeared off web site - looks like they got too many orders) + Blue Ray + TV Tuner + Windows Pro (for Media Center functionality) = ultimate HTPC set-up. Their advertising says all of these options are available, but there's no ability to configure that system on their web site. Sales support said that you can only purchase their pre-configured set-ups, which don't have all the right options to make the ultimate HTPC config. Hopefully they will add this soon to line up with their advertising. I will wait to order until then. This looks like a really cool system."
Pros: Input/Output compatibility, Processor, Memory, Video card, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: Included Software, Build Quality
"Drill one hole in metal bracket to M8 size to mount HTPC to back of 55" LED TV. Windows 8 is a good choice, looks great on big screen, easy to navigate. i3 processor is very fast, streams Hulu, Amazon videos no problem. N5902 keyboard works great, many functions done with one hand, wish was rechargeable. Wish it had a HDTV tuner option and included Win8 Pro + Media Center. Case is "plasticky", need to get rid of silver and shiny black and go matte/textured, also don't like the piggy back DVD...should be integrated (all of this not a big deal if mounted on back of TV). Overall a very good package with a lot included. Will probably get another one for the bedroom."