Summary: So let’s compare Lenovo’s A720 to Asus’s ET2701 INKI-B046C: That machine costs $200 less and is equipped with a faster CPU and GPU. The Asus packs a 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S desktop CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M, while the Lenovo is outfitted with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM mobile CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GT 630M. The Asus, on the other hand, can’t match the A720’s awesomely articulated touchscreen. Which machine is the better value?
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: The all-in-one PC form factor is a brilliant, if not obvious, evolution of the desktop computer. AIO systems offer the maximum amount of screen real estate while drastically minimizing the total footprint of the computer by packing all the components inside the monitor (or in the case of this particular AIO, the base of the stand).
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
Conclusion: The mouse is also rather boring and felt very cheap in my hands compared to the overall grandeur of the A720. It’s almost as if Lenovo found the lease expensive mouse they could find and stamped their logo across the top. What’s particularly confusing is that the keyboard and mouse operate using a standard wireless receiver, so there’s one of your USB ports taken up.
Excerpt: With its ultra-slim 27in MVA display panel featuring frameless edge-to-edge glass and a ten-point touchscreen, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is the only all-in-one system we've seen in store recently that approaches the requirements for true appreciation of Windows 8 , when it arrives.