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Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 review

£1,299

Manufacturer: Lenovo

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is not only one of the sleekest, most stylish all-in-ones we've seen but also a glimpse into the future. Read our Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 review to find out why.

With its ultra-slim 27in MVA display panel featuring frameless edge-to-edge glass and a ten-point touchscreen, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is the only all-in-one system we've seen in store recently that approaches the requirements for true appreciation of Windows 8, when it arrives.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is a delightful construction in metal and glass which exudes, dare we say it, a rather Mac-like aesthetic which is sure to appeal to home users who want a computer that looks inviting. See also: Group test: what's the best all-in-one PC?

Based on mobile technologies, the whole of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 PC fits into what is essentially the base of the monitor which is mounted on a hinged stand, enabling it to move from the vertical all the way to the horizontal where you can use it like a tablet or play multiplayer touchscreen games.

The wide viewing angles of the MVA display panel certainly help here, although when it came to calibrating the display we found it needed plenty of correction to fix the image.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is fitted with a quad-core Intel Core i7-3610QM mobile processor which runs at a nominal 2.3GHz, boosting to 3.3GHz when necessary. Also included is an nVidia GeForce GT 630M mobile graphics processor which makes light work of casual games.

Our review model also came with Freeview TV, remote control, 720p webcam and Blu-ray player, making it a versatile family multimedia centre. It's backed by Lenovo's extensive software suite which provides an exciting out-of-the-box experience rather annoying and obstructive bloatware.

Our WorldBench 6 tests revealed rather lower performance than we'd have preferred to see. But used for family and multimedia applications, the IdeaCentre A720 never felt slow.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 Expert Verdict »

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 AIO VDT9WUK Scores 9.4 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
2.3 - 3.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7-3610QM Intel HM76 8GB DDR3 1600MHz 750GB SATA 2 HDD 27" 1920 x 1080 LED backlit, MVA panel, touchscreen (10 points) Nvidia GeForce GT 630M (2GB) Dolby Home Theater V4 Blu-ray reader/DVD writer Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI in, HDMI out Wireless Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 650 x 220 x 480mm 11.6 kg Card reader, Freeview TV tuner, remote control, 720p webcam 1 year RTB
  • Build Quality: We give this item 10 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 10 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 4 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The IdeaCentre A720 looks great and has excellent build quality. Lenovo's attention to detail and well-considered software support makes it a joy to use. It's a stylish and powerful PC you can feel proud to own and show off to friends, an alternative to the iMac.

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