Summary: At a time when PCs really have become consumer commodities, a complete, all-in-one computer like the A600 is quite appealing. The IdeaCentre is a user-friendly product that can easily slip into the role of a shared home PC. No cable messes, no clutter of discrete machines.
Conclusion: If you're in the market for an all-in-one PC with Blu-ray, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 (3011-4BU) is the way to go, even over touch-screen-equipped rivals.
Pros: Large-screen all-in-one. VeriFace log-on software. "Healthcare" software protects user from eyestrain. Lenovo OneKey Recovery. Full 1080p HD. Good value for the dollar. Can actually perform 3D graphics tests. Remote has motion control, Media Center, VoIP, and air mouse functions.
Cons: Bottom edge is a finger crusher. Limited tilt. Has a "Jay Leno chin." Only 90-day Trend Micro Internet Security subscription.
Excerpt: The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 is shaped that way because it’s flying into the future. The sheer force of its own awesomeness has caused it to bend into a wind-swept, gentle curve, taking with it the hopes and dreams of a new generation of technology enthusiasts. Pffffft. Yeah, right.
Pros: Very small footprint. Single-cable design is a blessing for technophobes. Swivel base makes adjustments to viewing angle easy. Six USB ports and 802.11n Wi-Fi, plus FireWire, SD and coaxial connectors.
Cons: Keyboard and mouse frequently fall asleep; difficult to awaken. Remote control overly complex and rather homely. Included games feel like an engineer on Quaaludes designed them.
Conclusion: With a love-it-or-hate-it design, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 gives the value PC buyer an all-in-one option that's more powerful than that cheap nettop, though power users will want more.
Pros: Large-screen all-in-one. Cheap for an all-in-one. VeriFace log-on software. "Healthcare" software protects user from eyestrain. Lenovo OneKey Recovery. Cheap for a large-screen all-in-one desktop. Full 1080p HD.
Cons: Bottom edge is finger crusher. Slow CPU. Integrated graphics. Won't run 3D tests. Limited tilt. Wired keyboard and mouse. Has a "Jay Leno chin." Only 90-day Trend Micro Internet Security subscription.
Summary: Lenovo's forthcoming IdeaCentre A600 all-in-one looks like Darth Vader's own iMac. The slick black machine has style and cool to spare, and the optional four-in-one remote functions as a regular remote, an air mouse, a Wii-style game controller, and -- get this -- a wireless VOIP phone.
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