Lenovo ThinkCentre All-in-One A70z: Saves space and Nothing Else
6 April 2011
Summary: While the performance of the A70z is average, it should be noted that this All-in-One is not meant to deliver a lot in terms of performance. However, we’re judging the performance in terms of its price. At Rs. 33,200 which this model of the A70z is priced at, there are quite a few notebooks that can perform quite well. For e.g. Lenovo’s very own IdeaPad Z570 can do the same and is a lot more portable than the A70z for sure.
Excerpt: Lenovo, the world's fourth largest vendor of personal computers, purchased IBM's PC division in 2005 for the handsome sum of $1.75 billion, and along with it the widely recognized ThinkPad moniker. Lenovo has picked up the ball and run with Think branding, christening its business-focused PCs with some iterations of the name-ThinkServer, ThinkStation, ThinkCentre, etc.
Excerpt: The business-centric A70z tackles productivity chores better than similarly priced all-in-ones, and it boots quickly out-of-the-box. Though it's bland-looking, its integrated power supply and wireless peripherals make it a good choice for cramped office environs.
Pros: Relatively strong components, Swift productivity performer, Very fast boot time, Compact design
Excerpt: Regular readers of The Gadgeteer are familiar with the fact that I’m a Mac person. My main computer for the past several years has been an iMac. I upgraded last year to the 27″ version and it has been my work horse until early last month when it switched roles and became my TV . When I was offered a long term loan opportunity of a Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All in One PC, I was happy to accept because I’ve always preferred to use a desktop for my writing and picture editing...
Pros: Compact all in one design, Fast boot times, Easy setup, 6 USB ports
Cons: No Bluetooth, Constant hard drive access noises, No secondary video output port
Summary: The A70Z is an effective all-in-one PC for an office environment. With a matte finish 19" LCD, reflection and glare are not an issue, making it easy on the eyes for extended use. Using desktop hardware allowed Lenovo to install a much faster processor and hard drive. As for noise, it's not really a quiet machine, but it's not particularly loud either, especially on load, as the fan speed remains constant regardless of system activity.
Conclusion: The A70z skimps with 2GB instead of 4GB of standard DDR2 RAM, and its Intel G41 Express chipset's integrated GMA X4500 graphics are nothing to write home about (or to play games on). But its 320GB, 7,200-rpm hard disk is a solid performer, and its CPU, though not one of Intel's newest, has considerable clout -- a Core 2 Duo E7500, a 2.93GHz dual-core with a 1066MHz front-side bus and 3MB of Level 2 cache.
Conclusion: To begin, I need to say that personally I am a huge fan of all-in-one systems. So I was preinclined to like the Lenovo A70z from the start. And I do like it very much. That's not to say the system is without flaws. Inherent in all-in-one systems, there is a limited amount of customization and upgrades you are able to do to the system. That's one of the major negatives.
Pros: Compact All-In-One design, Convenient access to all computer components, Built-in webcam, Easy to move the computer from place to place, Windows 7 Enhanced Experience, Energy Star 5.0 Compliant, Additional Mounting Options
Cons: You cannot purchase from lenovo.com, Limited upgrades and customization, Noisy DVD\CD operation
Excerpt: The Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z is an all-in-one desktop PC that's designed to save space yet still provide good performance when running office applications. It's aimed at business users, but its compact footprint and the ease with which it can be set up should also appeal to students and families who don't want anything too fancy.
An all-in-one PC that's responsive but missing a couple of key features
Good Gear Guide.au
27 July 2010
Summary: Lenovo's ThinkCentre A70z is designed primarily for business users, but it's also good value for students and home users who want something inexpensive that will be quick and won't take up much space. It performed well in our tests and will be suitable for running office applications, image editing and video apps. We just wish it had a built-in Wi-Fi adapter and an SD card reader.