Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 27 Inch All In One Desktop Review
17 April 2014
Summary: As an all in one, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 was a powerful machine that easily handled loads without difficulty. The system was whisper quiet, save the whirring of optical discs, and was very nice to look at thanks to its striking system design. This is a great presentation piece, especially thanks to the ability to place the screen completely flat.
Excerpt: Lenovo has introduced the most exciting all-in-one computer design since HP reinvigorated the market with its TouchSmart series in 2008. The IdeaCentre A720 is a pizza-box design, much like the original TouchSmart; but modern ingredients enabled Lenovo to produce a thin-crust form factor that HP could never have dreamed of.
Pros: 27-inch, 10-finger touchscreen; brilliantly designed display mount.
Cons: Terrible speakers; only three available USB ports; mediocre benchmark performance.
Summary: Final Thoughts
Lenovo has really done a great job with the IdeaCentre A720. Just the design itself is something you really would not expect from Lenovo. If you took all of the Lenovo logos off of the A720 and put it in front of people I don’t think anyone would guess it was a Lenovo machine. The A720 has to be one of the best looking all-in-ones that I have seen.
Pros: – Sleek and stylish design, – 27inch touchscreen display, – Display can be made flat, – TV tuner and HDMI in
Cons: – Could have had a larger resolution on the 27inch display, – Speakers are not the best
Excerpt: Touchscreens obviously aren’t anything new. While tapping and swiping on the glass screen has become commonplace on mobiles, the same gestures haven’t quite made their way to many notebooks or desktops. That’s all going to change with Microsoft’s Windows 8 — which famously centers the user experience around a colorful, tile-based grid of apps that’s meant to be navigated by touching the screen with your fingers.
Conclusion: We fell in love with the A720 when we took it out of the box. It’s a sleek entry into a world of 27-inch all-in-ones that are universally chunky. Even Apple should be jealous. The honeymoon quickly wore off, however, as we started to notice some flaws. The A720’s touchscreen seems pointless given the lack of a good touch interface. Performance is behind the competition. And the display doesn’t serve up as many pixels as it should.
Pros: Beautiful design, Excellent build quality, Good peripherals
Cons: Lacking critical connectivity, Display resolution is too low, Poor audio quality, Below average performance, Not a good value
Summary: The IdeaCentre A720 looks great and has excellent build quality. Lenovo's attention to detail and well-considered software support makes it a joy to use. It's a stylish and powerful PC you can feel proud to own and show off to friends, an alternative to the iMac.
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is a home run for Lenovo. You won't find a better touchscreen PC for this price, not until Windows 8 makes touchscreen PCs a commodity. For now they're still somewhat of a rarity - and this machine is one of the good ones. This machine is well worth the cash and ready to be your school or home-friendly all-in-one computer right this minute.
Conclusion: If you do decide to go with this PC, just make sure you have a fair bit of desk space so you can tilt the screen down. Tapping and swiping around such a large surface is a lot more enjoyable with the screen tilted back, so you don't have to raise your arms and elbows so high to reach the upper corners of the screen.
Pros: Massive, responsive 27-inch touch screen, Gorgeous, versatile design, Large touch surface makes a Windows 8 upgrade an exciting prospect
Cons: Mobile components mean performance isn't great for the price, Program load times sometimes feel sluggish, Only two USB 3.0 ports