Awesome! Great speed. Easy to setup, although a bit heavy. The best part is the Windows Media Center
on 27 inches of close up high definition. And matched with the Bose companion 5, and a Memorex
Blu Ray burner with USB 3.0... Oh yeah!...The TV tuner works great. All kinds of audio/video multitasking
is a snap. The Touch Screen is tons of fun for games. Unless you really need a laptop...this is the way to go!
Nice Capacitive Multitouch Display
Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 differs for the majority of the new 27-inch all-in-one systems because it offers a capacitive multitouch display. While this may not be a huge feature right now, when Windows 8 launches it will give it a major advantage. It also does an excellent job with media features by including Blu-ray and HDMI inputs allowing it to double as a media station while still have a very small overall profile.
Lenovo IdeaCentre A720
We really feel that Lenovo has a hit with the IdeaCentre A720 with only a few minor glitches. The Blu-ray player, beautiful 27-inch touchscreen and stunning design really make us love this PC. The lack of additional USB ports, a higher screen resolution and mediocre benchmark performance isn't enough to keep us away. We believe that once Windows 8 is released this fall and more touch-centered apps are available, this PC will become even better.
Excellent build quality
We fell in love with the A720 when we took it out of the box. It's a sleek entry into a world of 27-inch all-in-ones that are universally chunky. Even Apple should be jealous.
The honeymoon quickly wore off, however, as we started to notice some flaws. The A720's touchscreen seems pointless given the lack of a good touch interface. Performance is behind the competition. And the display doesn't serve up as many pixels as it should.
Brilliantly designed display mount
The A720's VA (Vertical Alignment) display looks gorgeous with video, websites, and games, but it doesn't hold a candle to the 2560x1440-pixel PLS panel on the Dell XPS One 27. Then again, the Dell costs $300 more than the Lenovo. So let's compare Lenovo's A720 to Asus's ET2701 INKI-B046C: That machine costs $200 less and is equipped with a faster CPU and GPU.
Lots of RAM and large hard drive
We've been wondering why manufacturers have been slow to roll out Intel's new third-generation processors in mid-range towers. Now the issue seems clearer. The addition of the Intel Core i5-3450 to this system, which in all other respects is nearly identical to the Acer Aspire M3970 we reviewed earlier this year, improves little. The performance gap is tiny.
The Intel HD 2500 is nothing to brag about, either.
No USB 3.0 or eSATA Ports
The HP Pavilion p7-1031 has the problem of trying to be a scaled up budget system but the features and price put it in an odd place. For many users, the added features may not be enough to justify buying a more affordable system that drops a dedicated graphics card and wireless networking. On the other hand, it doesn't offer enough performance for those looking to do some tasks where they might be better off spending a bit more to get a quad core processor instead of a dual core one.
Screen and resolution are excellent. Plenty fast and compact. The packaged arrived and the wireless keyboard was broken, I didn't feel it was worth returning just for a keyboard so I kept it regardless. Plenty of ports and Bluetooth is great. Internal speakers sound better than most. I do love the all in one nature, makes for a clean desk. I would recommend.
The HP Omni 27 is certainly an attractive all-in-one with a large 27-inch display that will likely attract many buyers. The issue is that the system while it has a big screen falls short of what the competition offers at the same screen size by offering a lower resolution and detailed display panel. Add to this a price tag that puts it at the premium end of the all-in-one market, many buyers would get more features and performance by looking at a smaller display option.
Excellent audio quality
The larger display obviously costs HP more to acquire, and that cost is passed on to the user. A base price of $1,199 is far from outrageous in fact, this is towards the less expensive end of the desktop systems we normally review but it's quite a lot for system that only has a Core i5-2400S processor. Ivy Bridge may address these concerns but, as tested, the Omni 27 is one of the slowest desktops we've had in our office over the past year.
Even the display isn't a strong point.
Large and affordable all-in-one
If you want a large all-in-one for a relative budget price, the HP Omni 27 is a great choice. While I would have liked to have seen a full 2560x1440 panel, the screen will be more than enough for most, and HP's partnership with Beat Audio means a sound expereince that's second to none. Plenty of upgrade options, both before and after purchase, make it a very configurable machine.
My old touch screen Hp had died so I decided to get a new one to Hang on the wall. I researched a lot and really wanted a 27 inch screen. This computer is not touch screen but the specs and price along with the screen resolution were too good to pass up. I have had it up and running for about a month now and the whole family loves it. The screen is great and it is so nice to be able to have two windows open at the same time that are easy to see. The speed of the computer is great.
Large, high quality 1080p display
The Asus ET2700INKS is a massive 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC that has a Blu-ray player, entertainment features and HDMI-in. It delivers excellent performance thanks to a quad-core Intel i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and hybrid Nvidia graphics. It's an excellent PC for home entertainment purposes in addition to everyday computing tasks.
Bright, sharp display, Classy chassis with edge-to-edge glass panel
With a $1,500 price tag, the Asus sits in the high end of all-in-one PCs. Still, it's cheaper than a similarly spec'd iMac, plenty powerful, and stuffed with nice-to-haves. And especially if you're looking for a computer to double as a home entertainment display, the Asus will more than suffice.
Avoid, unless you plan on throwing this machine away to upgrade
This machine has no room for expansion. This machine has a network driver that they only make windows 8 drivers for. I even tried downloading the specific Atheros AR8152 drivers for windows 7 64 bit. This machine is impossible to downgrade to windows 7. This machine has convinced me to run away from HP as quickly as possible.
Small, attractive enclosure
If you're a bargain shopper, $700 may seem like a lot for a modern desktop system. However, our comparison shopping showed the Acer to be in line with systems from other manufactures. You can receive a much better discrete graphics card, but to obtain that you usually have to sacrifice some power in the processor or some hard drive capacity.
We like this Acer's quiet, cool operation as well as its shapely design and plethora of ports.
Good General Performance
Gateway's FX6860-UR10P is a decent performance system for those looking at a more general task system. It offers a solid amount of performance from the Ivy Birdge processor and 12GB of memory and even comes with a decent graphics card. The problem is that it lacks many of the features from the older chipset that limit the overall potential the system can have from virtualized graphics or hard drive caching.
At $1,200, the Gateway FX6860 is in the range of other Ivy Bridge systems. For example, it costs about $200 more than a similarly-equipped Asus CM6870 system that has the same processor and 16GB of RAM (4GB more), but fewer USB ports and a much smaller power supply. On the whole, the FX6860 is a powerful and useful machine, with something for those who need an extra graphics kick.
And the processor?
Dedicated Graphics System For Smooth HD Video Playback
Those looking for a compact desktop system to be used with a home theater system for streaming movies, TV or audio as well as browsing the web should take a look at the IdeaCentre Q180. While the pricing may be a bit higher than some might want to look at, it does offer a bit more than other nettop system including full HD video playback and a dedicated HDTV mount.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 is a mediocre performer, but its size, portability, and couch-friendly multimedia remote make it a good contender for media mavens on a budget. It isn't the most capable media-centre PC, but if you're looking for a very inexpensive nettop to flesh out an entertainment center or stash in a nook, this is it.
Good home entertainment performance
Touting an extremely slim profile, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 is a compact desktop PC with roots in entertainment. It has connections and features that allow it to fit right in with your HDTV and become an entertainment hub for videos, music and more. While it's definitely not the speediest system out there, it does the job well. The look of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 is very modernistic and features glossy black sides with silver accents.
Small and attractive
The Lenovo Q180 is one of the best nettops weâ?? ve ever tested. It is small, quiet, attractive and comes with a buffet of peripherals that add value to the system. If youâ?? re going to buy a nettop this is likely to be your best option.
Yet this mini-PC canâ?? t escape the problems shared by all nettops. The hardware is barely adequate for modern computing. Tasks that are simple on other computers, such as playing back HD YouTube clips, are too much for this system to handle.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 is as tiny and cute as its title of world's smallest fully functional desktop PC would suggest, but doesn't compromise on features or connectivity. It's not the most stylish nettop around but is well-constructed and well-specified, and its detachable Blu-ray drive is a nifty addition. Performance is constrained by its Atom processor but adequate for daily productivity, casual gaming and watching HD video.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 is a mediocre performer, but its size, portability, and couch-friendly multimedia remote make it a good contender for media mavens on a budget. It isn't the most capable media-center PC, but if you're looking for a very inexpensive nettop to flesh out an entertainment center or stash in a nook, this is it.
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