My love affair with Lenovo started last year with the first release of a bright red Edge series laptop, picked up at an awesome pricepoint from the Lenovo online store. It made both my client and I very happy. Many Lenovos later and I’m now on the hunt for a few All In One desktop computers for another very good client of mine.
The computers will be deployed to office administrative staff who mainly work within the Microsoft Office Suite so nothing too demanding, but I couldn’t look past the value for money the Lenovo 91z brings.
Sidestepping the great All In One form of these machines for the moment, lets take a look at the tech specs.
- Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
- 21.5″ full HD, LED display touch screen
- i7 2600s @ 2.8Ghz
- 4 Gb RAM
- 1 GB AMD Radeon 6650A
- built in Wifi
The quadcore i7 is a powerhouse providing substantial overhead for the users daily tasks. I would even go as far to say ‘over-kill’ instead of ‘over-head’. I can not see these machines being taxed in their daily duties. I’m normally very conscious of over-specificing client machines, but for the $849 price tag, I just couldn’t look past them.
The 4GB ram is ample and so is the AMD Radeon graphics card. It likely these machines will never do any 3D rendering anyway, and the only games might be Farmville on Facebook.
The 21.5″ full HD LED is nice to look at, although it is glossy. It features the Lenovo ‘Infinity Display’ which is glass all the way round, edge to edge. The screen offers 1920*1080 full HD resolution and is also a touch screen. The touch screen functionality is not really useful in a Windows 7 environment, but with Windows 8 coming along shortly it may come in handy. These All In Ones have a 3 year deployment schedule so it’s very likely I will be upgrading them to Windows 8 sometime during 2013. (Just make sure you tell everyone in the office they are touch screens, I’ve had a few IT support calls when people have poked the screen and wondered why their computer is doing crazy things).
The form of this All in One is as all other AIO’s, basically a computer built into the back of a screen. Lose the cable clutter, plug in the power and off you go. The built in WiFi takes care of network connectivity, and the wireless keyboard and mouse also reduce mess on the desk. The chassis is robust and stable, which is a must for a touch device. Don’t need it falling over with every finger touch onto the screen.
The 91z comes out of the box with a wireless keyboard and mouse and as usual for Lenovo, the keyboard offers typing excellence. Lenovo keyboards the pinnacle benchmark for all keyboards and this slimline keyboard is no exception. The mouse could be a little larger, its size is somewhere between a travel mouse and standard desktop mouse. Personally I prefer a larger, fuller bodied mouse experience, but it does its job well.
Warranty is a standard 1 Year Onsite Parts and Labour warranty, which can be upgraded and extended if required.
To wrap it up, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge is a great small business computer at an even better price. The All In One design makes it the perfect choice for office environment. The Lenovo quality and on-site warranty provide me reassurance that providing IT support for these machines will not be a daunting task and I would happily deploy more of them.