Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 All-in-One Desktop Computer

We take a look at the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 and see what it brings to the table. Does it have what it takes to be the king of AIOs?

Design and aesthetics

In today’s All in One PC market, there are a lot of brands to choose from but the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 sets itself apart from the rest of the pack by being the thinnest AIO in the 27-inch category by having a waistline of only 24.5 mm. The rest of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720’s dimensions come up to 650 x 480 x 220 mm while its catch weight put it at a rather hefty 11.6 kg. With its dimensions, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 takes up much space but this is negligible because of its slimness.

Despite the rather large footprint of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 because of its massive 27-inch display, all of its circuitry is integrated in its base and an external power brick gives the manufacturer the leeway to make the said base as small as possible. With all tech specs tucked neatly in the base, the display of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 was made as thin as the law of Physics would allow.

Despite its massive size, the aesthetics of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is just to die for. Minimalist lines that are just beautifully sleek are its identifying marks while the entire chassis of the AIO is fashioned from anodized aluminum. Build quality is also there with the whole package giving of a rather solid feel to it.

The advantage of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 over the competition is its flexibility. The display of the AIO is hooked up to an articulating arm that allows a user to slide the whole display down at an angle for a more convenient onscreen typing experience. The articulating arm of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 also allows the display to be positioned in such a way that it lies entirely flat.

Under the hood

A prospective buyer of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 has a lot of options when it comes to customizing its components under the hood. For its processor, you can configure the AIO to pack up to a 2nd generation Intel Core i7 Quad-core processor while its system memory can be cranked up to as much as 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Storage space is just as customizable with an option to use either a conventional hard disk drive or a solid state drive (SSD) for that matter. For the usual hard drive, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 can support up to 1TB at 5400 RPM while the SSD option gives you as much as 64GB storage. As for its dedicated GPU, the AIO can support the NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M with 2GB graphics.

Display and other connectors

Despite having the thinnest frame in the 27-inch category, the display of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is a bit at a disadvantage compared to the competition. While most of the other AIOs pack 2560 x 1440 IPS display, it only packs an ordinary panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The only upside here is that the touch implementation on the display of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is just class-leading with its support for 10-point multi-touch technology. Simply put, the AIO enables you to use all your 10 fingers to write, create or what-not to your hearts contents.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 does not lack for ports and connectors with its pair of USB 2.0 ports, additional pair of USB 3.0 ports, a 6-in-1 media card reader, headphone, mic and HDMI port. It also packs the usual connectivity options such as 802.11n for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 on board.

The verdict

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 has almost got it all – it’s got the beauty and it’s got the brawn. The only downside here is its display with its lower resolution. Had Lenovo gone for something better, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 could have gotten our two thumbs up.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 All-in-One Desktop Computer Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 1,500.00 (Starting Price)

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