Lenovo's IdeaCentre: The Perfect Alternative To Imacs or Not?

Lenovo's IdeaCentre: The Perfect Alternative To Imacs or Not?

Range Govindan
Jan 5, 2009

We love all-in-one solutions, especially for home theaters and computing. Things get complicated very fast, and not all of us need to spend thousands of dollars to equip our dorm rooms or home offices. If you are tired of you iMac and looking for an alternative, you might try Lenovo's new IdeaCentre A600. That being said, the IdeaCentre does suffer from some faults. It isn't perfect, but it's a step into the right direction.

The most impressive of this nicely designed all-in-one is the remote, which can double as an air mouse, accelerometer controller for games, and a Skype VOIP handset. Now that's a lot of features. The other great thing is its design. It looks really good. Sleek and black and curved in all of the right places.

It comes with a 21.5-inch screen and Lenovo boasts that it's the thinnest all-in-one on the market today. However, we find that the lack of an HDMI port and a touchscreen to be deal killers. It stars out at $999 but will get pricey quickly once you add a Blu-ray player and other goodies, which brings it close to its two main competitors, the Sony VAIO LV and the HP Touchsmart.

We personally think that the IdeaCentre is a step in the right direction, but it fall short of something like the HP Touchsmart series. The Touchsmart is more of a media computer, but then again, isn't the IdeaCentre trying to be one as well?

The other competitor in this type of computer series is the Sony VAIO LV series, which is priced similarly. The IdeaCentre is a non-seller, just because of the lack of the HDMI port, which are present in the Touchsmart and the LV. Plus the fact that you can use a brush to paint on the Touchsmart's screen is just too cool.

HP Touchsmart PC
Sony VAIO LV All-in-one

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