TheLenovo IdeaCentre C365 19.5-Inch All-in-One touchscreen desktop caught our attention and we ended up doing a detailed all in one computer review of this device. Read on to find out more about this Lenovo offering that weighs 12.5 pounds.
The IdeaCentre features a 19.5-inch touchscreen display with 1600 x 900 pixels resolution. It uses Windows 8 as the O.S of choice. The 1.4 GHz, AMD E1-2500 dual-core processor lets you enjoy music and multimedia so long as you stay within the scope of its powers. This is not the device for you if you’re looking to run video editing software on it. But given that it’s an AMD processor, you can be assured of HD quality graphics on the C365. It has 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM and a 500GB SATA hard drive. That’s a decent core for a $438 all-in-one that gets high marks for looks. Yes, this is one sleek beast that does not take much space and allows you to enjoy a toolless upgrade; you don’t need to reach out for the screwdriver when you want to increase memory. Adding an additional 2 terabytes is easily done, by anyone. Increasing RAM too is not difficult.
Another thing we noticed during the all in one computer review was that the IdeaCentre has its black-bezeled body mounted on a sleek metal stand. Unlike quite a few other devices that we have reviewed, this one allows users to move the device up and down as well as tilt the angle for better viewing and minimize glare. However, you cannot move this 1.90 x 19.10 x 15.70 inches AIO right to left.
There are no real complaints with the bundled keyboard. In fact, during the course of the all in one review we were able to type with the AccuType island type keys quite easily. You cannot really ask for more from bundled hardware, it works and that’s good enough. Wireless connectivity is in the form of 802.11bgn wireless. The IdeaCentre has a DVD player / writer. And that does not come as a surprise given that the company’s pitch is on providing an entry- to mid-level multimedia entertainment device for the family. In case, you feel like watching the DVD on a bigger screen, you can use the HDMI port, that’s nifty, isn’t it?
The device is capable of reading files in all the formats that you can throw at it. It has a 6-in-1 card reader that makes it easy to shift files to and from this all in one. There are four USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. Again, one of the new breed of AIOs that are signaling a shift from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0.
If you’re on a budget and are looking for a functional all-in-one that will take care of regular computer work such as browsing, downloading songs, playing games that are not to resource intensive, then according to our all in one computer review, you should give theIdeaCentre C365 a serious look.