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Lenovo IdeaCentre A700


$1,000.00 Released June, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Display is fully 1080p - lots of display real estate, great for watching HD media, using the Blu-ray drive. Nice screen - produces clear, bright and sharp images. Customization options are available from the manufacturer - keeps the base unit economically accessible.

The Cons:Short manufacturer warranty - only 1 year. Poor integrated webcam - doesn't provide great image quality. Included wireless keyboard and mouse suffer from lag - not the best experience.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 is an all-in-one (AIO) PC that builds from previous generations by incorporating an optional touchscreen display, and improved core specifications. In particular, the ultra-thin .8-2.5” thick unit hosts a 23” full HD widescreen display, a wide range of Intel Core 2010 CPUs up to a Core i7-820QM (1.6-3.06GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost, up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHz), and up to a 1TB SATA HDD.

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The base model comes with integrated graphics, a DVD drive, and JBL speakers with Dolby Home Theater. But users can opt for an optional Blu-ray drive, ATI Mobility GPU, and an optional wireless keyword and/or mouse. Included with all models, from the base to the top tier, is Draft N wireless and Bluetooth.

Features

  • All-in-One PC
  • Full HD Widescreen Display
  • Intel Core 2010 CPU
  • DDR3 SDRAM
  • SATA HDD
  • DVD/BD Optical
  • ATI Mobility Graphics (Optional)
  • JBL Speakers (Integrated)
  • Wireless Peripherals
  • Draft N Wireless
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

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Pros
  • 3

    display is fully 1080p - lots of display real estate, great for watching HD media, using the Blu-ray drive

  • 2

    nice screen - produces clear, bright and sharp images

  • 2

    customization options are available from the manufacturer - keeps the base unit economically accessible

  • 1

    HDMI input and output - allows for outputting to a larger HDTV or second display - or for use as a TV with compatible media player, tv receiver, or gaming system

  • 1

    includes the latest generation full-power mobile CPUs, up to a quad core i7-820QM

  • 1

    optional Blu-ray drive

  • 1

    slick, space saving all-in-one design (only needs 1.25" - is less than an inch thick)

  • 1

    powerful enough for the majority of consumers, even quite future proof - latest CPU architectures, DDR3 memory, Blu-ray optical drives, 802.11n

  • 1

    optional TV tuner

  • 1

    optional multi-touch display

  • 1

    built-in ambient lighting -- lights up the keyboard and desk in front of the machine

Cons
  • 1

    short manufacturer warranty - only 1 year

  • 1

    poor integrated webcam - doesn't provide great image quality

  • 1

    included wireless keyboard and mouse suffer from lag - not the best experience

  • 1

    price/performance level is somewhat low due to the all-in-one design

  • 1

    Noisy speakers - has constant humm/feedback noise - supplier says they are all like that - sent it back!

  • 1

    expensive starting price point for an all-in-one PC

  • 1

    multi-touch display is largely useless in a desktop orientation - quite unergonomic, poor for use with a non-touch designed operating system / application selection

  • 1

    like all all-in-ones is difficult to service / replace components, parts such as the display or case cannot be reused in future builds

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