Lenovo B750 All-in-One 29-Inch Desktop Review
Oddly enough, Lenovo opted against touch support, an increasingly rare decision in the Windows 8/8.1 era. Touch enthusiasts aside, there's a little bit of something in the B750 for just about everyone. If you're not watching movies on the 21:9 panel, you can get busy with that research paper you've been working on and have several different source materials open alongside your Word document. And if you need to take a break for gaming, there's a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M GPU inside that's ready to spring into action when duty calls.
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|4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770 processor (8M Cache, 3.40GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M 1GB
8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600
2TB 7200 RPM HDD / 8GB SSD
29-inch Full HD (2560”x1080) 21:9 IPS super-widescreen
Slot loading Blu-ray burner
802.11n Wi-Fi (2x2)
10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
Rear: (2) USB 3.0, (2) USB 2.0, (1) RJ-45 10/100/1000, HDMI out, HDMI In
Side/Front Ports: (2) USB 3.0, Headphone, Microphone, Optical Eject, Power Button
headphone jack, (2) USB3.0, ODD eject, Input select
6-in-1 memory card reader
JBL designed 2.1 stereo speakers with 20W subwoofer
Windows 8 64 bit
2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard
USB Optical Wireless Mouse
35.74 inches (W) by 11.73 inches (D) by 23.14 inches (H)
$1,399 as tested
To keep the price from ballooning, Lenovo equipped the B750 with a 2TB hard drive (7200 RPM, 64MB cache, SATA 6Gbps) and paired it with a modest 8GB SSD acting as a cache drive. The system didn't feel as snappy and responsive to us as those that rock a dedicated SSD for the operating system, though it wasn't slow by any means. As the world's largest supplier of PCs, you have to trust that Lenovo figured it would sell more systems by going with a 2TB HDD and a lower price tag, versus a more expensive configuration sporting a 256GB or 512GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD, or some other combination.
As we examine the spec sheet more closely, we see that Lenovo dances a fine line between performance, price, and compromise throughout. For example, the 29-inch IPS panel is clearly the star of the show, and the Blu-ray burner is another high-end amenity, though other areas are bit more conservative -- 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB, 802.11n instead of 802.11ac, and a mid-range graphics engine, though not a slouch by any means. While geeks like us will nitpick the individual parts, it's clear that Lenovo is trying to deliver a serviceable AIO for the masses that's capable of tearing through various tasks without thrashing the buyer's wallet or purse in the process.