The days of the “Desktop Tower” and monitor are long gone in many or most Aussie homes. Replaced by tablets, laptops and all-in-one computers and when it comes to that last category, design is starting to catch up with expectations.
The category is hardly new, but I think what’s happened is the surge in mobile and laptop computing has dramatically reduced the cost of parts which are really the same as what you get in an all-in-one.
Dell and HP have had some decent entries in this space, of course, Apple’s popular iMac is big here, and there’s Microsoft’s enormous Surface Studio PC too. But here’s a contender from left-field that’s worthy of consideration – the Lenovo IdeaCentre A540.
With a 23.8 inch screen, it’s just the right size for the open family space or a study desk.
The copper or brass look link between PC and Monitor is a really impressive touch, and allows the monitor to tilt – but not lower down toward the desk.
A minimal PC unit looks good, with only the power connector in it – the guts of the connectivity is in the rear of the screen.
HDMI input means you could hook up any HDMI device like a games console, DVD player or whatever you choose, and HDMI output means you can have a second screen too.
Running an i5 processor at the entry-level $1,999 price, it’s not cheap – but hey – style doesn’t come cheap does it.
My favourite feature – the top of the desk unit is a wireless charger for your phone.
The specs will be enough for any family, as long as your kids aren’t looking for something for intense gaming.
Oh, it’s also got a retractable webcam for the privacy narks
Easy setup, stylish design, the Lenovo IdeaCentre will probably get the wife’s stamp of approval too.
Price wise, it might be a touch hard to justify – but I genuinely believe you’re getting an overall package that makes it worthwhile.