Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Review

Software and Accessories

There aren't many accessories bundled with the ThinkCentre M90z. The rather large box houses nothing more than the PC itself, a power cable, a keyboard and a mouse. Plus plenty of padding for the trip overseas. A microfiber cloth for wiping away fingerprints on a touch-enabled machine would have been nice, and maybe a DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter. We know only a small number of people are likely to connect a second display to the M90z, but for those that might including a DP-to-DVI dongle would have been a nice touch.

Our test machine shipped with a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Professional; fitting considering that this machine looks about as professional as one would think. Since it's a touch machine, a Windows 7 Touch Pack came installed, but that offers little more than five mini-games that are rather boring for anyone over the age of 12 or so. In other words, we didn't find an awful lot of software within Windows 7 to actually use our fingers.

The basics were also included: Adobe Reader, an Office 2010 trial and an Intel control panel for the integrated GMA HD graphics. The only other unique piece of software was Lenovo's SimpleTap, which we already saw back on the ThinkPad T400S Multi-Touch. Basically, users simply tap this red orb that sits on the edge of the LCD in order to pull down a menu of shortcuts. Users can then use these larger, touch-friendly icons to hop in and out of applications. On the surface, this seems like a great idea, but once you get into the app, you will almost certainly revert to using a mouse/keyboard setup to control things. Thus, just using your finger to launch a program seems somewhat pointless.

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