Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One PC Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop PC Review

Synopsis: The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one desktop with plenty of features and bells-and-whistles to keep all but the most jaded of users happy. Perhaps taking a page out of Apple's book, Lenovo put a lot of effort into the look and feel of the A600, with its black-colored chassis, borderless 21.5-inch 1920x1080 TFT display, curved back, and svelte form factor--measuring only 1-inch thick at its thinnest point. The A600 Series comes in a variety of configurations, which range in price from $679 to $1,399.

The unit we looked at--the A600-30114BU--is at the top of the A600's food chain and comes with an impressive specification list that includes a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a Blu-ray drive. Its ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 won't win any 3D gaming benchmark awards, but it is speedy enough to permit the system to hold its own with recently-released games as long as you're willing to drop down to lower resolutions and forgo some advanced image quality settings. An integrated HD TV tuner and excellent HD video playback abilities help make the A600 a strong entertainment machine. The A600 should make an excellent general-purpose or family PC, as long as you are willing to pay a premium for the all-in-one form factor--which costs roughly $200 more than similarly-configured "traditional" desktop designs.


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Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-In-One Desktop PC
Specifications and Features

  • 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7450
  • 4GB PC3-8500 1066MHz DDR3
  • Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • 21.5-inch, glossy, WUXGA TFT, with a native resolution of 1920x1080 (16:9 aspect ratio, CCFL backlight)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
  • 1TB 7200prm 3.5-inch SATA/3.0Gbps hard drive
  • Combo Blu-ray player / DVD+/-RW drive
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11a/b/g/n wireless
  • 2.1-channel speaker system (two 3-watt speakers and an 8-watt subwoofer)
  • Microphone array
  • Integrated 2.0-megapixel webcam
  • Built-in 6-in-1 multi-card reader
  • Integrated TV tuner
  • Wireless (2.4GHz RF) keyboard and mouse (800/1600-dpi)
  • Wireless (Bluetooth) 4-in-1 remote control
  • Bluetooth
  • 150-watt A/C adapter
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
  • 18.2x20.47x1.06 to 2.36-inches (HWD)
  • 27.7-pounds
  • One-year parts and labor warranty with 24x7 toll-free phone support

  • All-in-one desktop design
  • Sleek exterior
  • Blu-ray drive
  • HD TV tuner
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • 4-In-1 Bluetooth remote control (including motion game-controller functionality)
  • 6-In-1 card reader

  • Relatively expensive compared to "traditional" desktops
  • Not upgradable
  • Fingers can get caught underneath bezel
  • Poor placement of power button can result in accidentally sending system into standby mode
  • Ho-Hum 3D graphics

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