In the modern day mobile era there are yet individuals who are looking for desktops, not laptops. Today’s version of those large grey boxes of the past is the All-in-One desktop, where system unit and display are combined into one. This leads to savings in space, price and unfortunately many times in performance. Most manufacturers have jumped on this bandwagon, including the Chinese giant Lenovo. Their affordable Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 57323430 seems to be topping the All-in-One charts, which makes it great candidate for the Tech For Pennies review team…
The main things
Not surprisingly, this IdeaCentre is aimed towards home and small office users. The key components are rather low-end, starting with AMD E1-2500 APU which combines both the actual processor (1.4GHz clock speed, two cores) and graphics engine. In performance tests it does much worse job than popular Core i3s, which means it suitable only for rudimentary tasks, including watching videos from YouTube.
Four gigabytes RAM has become the standard for new computers already years ago. The IdeaCentre also embraces that, sporting 4GB DDR3 system memory. It is plenty to start with, and it’s expandable to 8 gigabytes. Also one free SO-DIMM slot is available on the motherboard, so doubling the RAM should actually be convenient.
Hard drive for this model is a 500GB one. What can I really say about it, it’s fine for hosting 10,000’s of small files like vacation photos or mp3s. Also some hundred movie files could be stored there. The speed of 7200RPM is small upgrade from the slower 5400RPM drives, although the difference in reality might not be noticeable.
Screen and graphics
Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 57323430 features a touchscreen. Touch it, and use the Windows 8 to the fullest! The display size is 19.5 inches with 1600×900 resolution. Definitely not a Full HD, but for home users probably suffices well.
There is a fancily-named Radeon HD 8240 graphics engine integrated to the processor. Despite the name, its performance is just below that of Intel HD Graphics 4000. The processor is also slow, so these two form the true bottleneck of this system: the bad gaming performance. Some lighter games, like Minecraft, will probably work just fine if resolution and settings are sacrificed. However, playing new titles like the Battlefields with full graphics won’t happen.
This computer has 6 USB ports, of which two are USB 3.0. The ports are located on left hand side and behind the display. A HDMI output is also available, which means you could plug this desktop in to a HDTV, in case you’re not happy with its own 19.5″ display.
A true All-in-One, Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 57323430 also has a good network connectivity. Both WiFi and 10/100Mbps Ethernet are supported as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
Located on the right side, there’s an optical drive which burns CDs and DVDs. Media card reader supports MS, MS Pro, SD, SDHC, MMC and MMC Plus cards.
There’s also a built-in 720p webcam, which gives nice HD (although not Full HD) video.
Something else to consider?
On top of the pre-installed 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, this Lenovo comes with 30-day trial of McAfee Internet Security 2013. There’s also other software (bloatware) installed, which usefulness can be questioned. Uninstalling the unnecessary programs is however easy from the Control Panel.
Like somebody commented, Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 57323430 seems to do its job well for the basic stuff. Browsing Internet, using MS Office and streaming videos are all possible on this desktop. The connectivity and 1600×900 touchscreen should also suffice for everyday computing. It’s the gamers or power-hungry professionals who wouldn’t find much joy in this Lenovo, but for others that don’t want to bother buying computer equipment separately, such an All-in-One solution should work wonders!