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News Posted: Thu, Aug 19 2010 12:39 PM

Lenovo ThinkCenter M90z All-In-One ReviewLenovo has been making a push in touch-enabled products as of late. A few months back, we tested one of the company's first touchscreen-enabled ThinkPad notebooks (and an IdeaPad, for that matter). Regardless, the company isn't exactly a household name when it comes to touch-enabled products, but with Windows 7's built in touch capabilities, the cost of entry is now lower perhaps, save for the cost of a touch-capable panel.

The ThinkCentre M90z is Lenovo's newest 23" touch-enabled all-in-one PC, and it's going up against some stiff competition. HP's TouchSmart, Apple's iMac line, as well as a number of MSI units offer similar features at a similar price, and some might say with more modern looking, stylish enclosures. So, what does the M90z have to set it apart? That's exactly what we aim to find out in our analysis...

Lenovo ThinkCenter M90z All-In-One Review

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Aug 19 2010 9:43 PM

I'll be glad when it's 2012 and everyone realizes just how stupid the idea of the touchscreen enabled desktop was.

>> It's simply too time consuming to manage an entire 23" display with your finger when your mouse and keyboard are anchored down in front.

Thank god:  another sane voice in a cacophony of hype.

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OK, I'll be the one to say it!.......Man, they REALLY missed the mark on this one!

That is an awful lot of money for yesterdays gimmick!  Any small business that would use something like this could still go to Sam's and pick one up for under a K, if not less.  Any larger business will end up choosing a more durable and professional input device for their employees, Like Wacoms or other touch screen peripherals?
 
That being said where they missed the mark if they are going to charge that price is to aim it towards a desk-like atmosphere for the home! If they took a cue from Wacom, then they could have set it on an incline desk mount to allow people to use it naturally, similar to a drafting desk. At least then the touch capabilities would feel more natural. If they also upped the ante and gave it a good pen input, then it would have appealed to many more people!  At 2K and 21", a 23" unit would have picked up many people who would like a Wacom and even the ones who wouldn't think they could use one!  Then if they put in one of the new ATI Fire-Mobile GPU's then it would have greater appeal across the board, from Graphic designers, Photographers to students.
 
As far as the HD noise, I would have to ask Neil how the aerospace industry dealt with spinning discs in a gravitational field that wasn't entirely horizontal or vertical, That had random pressures applied at various points along its plane? I don't know why at that price they wouldn't just go with an SSD, maybe a 128GB one that could satiate people for the system, and allow them to use externals for mass storage?
 
It seems like they say they design this for business, yet they only get it set up for a housewife who wants something like this for the kitchen counter?  For some reason it seems like they are always slightly off the mark. When they could put just a little more into it and not only save tons of customers from the Turtleneck bandit. But they could also make new ones who would have turned to Wacom or been left wanting because of the cost to complete a all-in one work rig.
 
This would have been totally cool to have sitting at a 45% angle right in front of you, with the keyboard below on the tray, The to be able to use it like the Wacom when you go to those programs that require it!
 
Hopefully after reading this, we will see a system like that come out next year as soon as the sales go nowhere, ..If they are listening?
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hitech replied on Sat, Sep 18 2010 5:11 AM

Good to know about this new technology update. I would like to read article about it. 

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