Lenovo ThinkCenter Edge 92z AIO Review

Introduction

The Lenovo ThinkCenter Edge 92z AIO (All In One) is a sleek machine which is small in size but packs in a lot of power. The product is targeted towards enterprise use, designing, studies and even for day to day use.

Lenovo’s AIO features an inbuilt processor, WiFi direct, USB ports, VOIP optimized hardware, Bluetooth and HDMI in/out ports. It also comes with an integrated camera, microphone, internal speakers, card reader, optical drive, Ethernet port and a cable lock slot. The entire unit is powered through a single power cord. The compact build of the AIO makes it very easy to move and mount and saves up to 70% of the desk space.

The multi touch LED screen display interface and wireless keyboard and mouse also make It more easy to use with either touch or through the included peripherals. The AIO also can be easily mounted on screens and can be used as interactive monitors for advertisements. It is also very easy to clean and disinfect.

 

Lenovo ThinkCenter Edge 92z Specifications

Processor      : Intel(R) Core i5 – 3470S CPU @ 2.90GHZ

Main Memory / RAM         : 4.00GB

Hard Drive size            : 500GB

OS              : 64 bit Windows 8

Touch              : Multi Touch with 10 touch points

Graphics Card      : 2GB Discrete AMD Radeon HD7650A

Screen Size      : 21.5 inch Touch

Weight      : 8.4 kg

Display             : LED High definition display 1080p Wide Viewing Angle

Sound             : Dolby advance audio v2

WebCam      : 1.3 M full HD

Packaging, Looks, Build Quality , Weight

The packaging is decent enough and comes with the following

  • The AIO Desktop
  • Wireless mouse
  • Wireless keyboard
  • Power cord
  • User guide

     

The desktop looks pretty sleek with the space saving design .Lenovo has also provided with a hook at the back to make it easy to move around.

Setting up the AIO Lenovo Edge 92z is very simple. Pull the stand, plugin the power cord, press the start button and you are good to go. The stand behind the monitor is adjustable from 10 to 40 degree as per your comfort. The stand is easily removable and can be easily mounted on the ThinkCenter Extented Arm (57Y4352) which makes it versatile and swing effortless in whichever direction you wish to move.

The flat screen frameless monitor is shiny black in color which gives an elegant look for the business use.

The weight of the AIO desktop is around 8.9kg. However, this is a desktop and not a laptop so the weight is understandable.

The touch screen is very reflexive and smooth. The touch and zoom feature is very impressive and you can easily zoom in and out when you want to take a closer look at something. If you don’t want to use the touch it provides wireless mouse and keyboard which is very useful when just want to operate the machine lying down on couch. I personally used it to watch movies while sitting away from the desktop and found the experience enjoyable.

The keyboard is spill proof so you do need not worry if you drop coffee over it by mistake. It can easily slide under the monitor when not required an add-on to space saving design.

Connectivity Options

The edge provides a lot of connectivity interfaces within the monitor. It has 6 Slots of USB 2.0 or 3.0 connector. If you have more than 6 USB devices you can connect a USB hub and connect to additional devices. It also has an HDMI in and out slot and a shortcut key to switch between the display screens. It has an Ethernet connector to attach to Ethernet cable or LAN.

In addition to the microphone and headphone connector it also has an integrated SD card reader. It also provides a cable lock slot for security reasons.

There is a system stand which is adjustable as per your comfort. You can remove the stand and the monitor and it can be wall mounted as well which allows for more user friendly interaction when mounted for interactive advertising.

It comes with integrated camera with 1.3 MP with IPS wide viewing angle and full infinity screen. Along with all the above this Lenovo edge comes with a Wi-Fi direct and Bluetooth features which really makes users to do with lot more things.

Touchscreen, Display and Audio Quality

The touch screen comes with attractive glossy screen with the 10-point multi touch feature.

It comes with 21.5” wide HD LED display screen which give a very clear picture quality with a well usage while watching movies or playing games or doing some graphics or presentation. Scroll , tap, touch, drag , slide becomes quite easy with the multi touch support . Also the IPS wide viewing screen feature gives the amazing closer view to look at something specific. However with the glossy screen will tend to reflect the light from tube light lit overhead and cause unnecessary disturbance.

The Lenovo edge 92z have not made any compromise on the size of the screen and it can be connected very easily with the other display screens with HDMI in/out thus increases the productivity. The short cut button for HDMI on the desktop monitor makes it even faster to connect to larger display. It also comes with multi display support and view management utility to open multiple applications at a time.

The audio quality is really good with the in-build Dolby speakers which gives a very clear voice quality. It also provides separate jack for connecting external headphone and microphone which also gives a very clear voice quality. The 1.3MP webcam and integrated microphone just adjacent to the web cam allows you to do video conferencing anywhere in the world. This classy Lenovo PC is optimised for Microsoft Lync qualified VoIP features.

Performance

Lenovo ThinkCenter Edge 92z performance is pretty good. Powered with Intel 3rd Generation Core i5 Processor – 3470s and 2GB Discrete AMD Radeon HD7650A allows to play games, render graphics and carry of task in just double click time. Multiple display allows you to view multiple apps on a screen and the simple tap makes it fast to switch between the apps.The system boot up really fast in just a few seconds.


It also provide superior web conferencing with high quality webcam and key stroke noise separation.

It also comes with the Lenovo program name Lenovo Solution Center wherein you see more information of your system’s health like HDD, memory, backups, recoveries, devices. It also allows to run a test to check the condition of hardware.

Conclusion

Lenovo Edge 92z is sleek and stylish compared to all the other AIO desktops. The shiny black 21.5inch screen with HD infinity LED display gives it an elegant look while using in an enterprise or the business organizations. It is quite compact to make the workspace look well organized.

Also the machine is just great in performance and boots up into the OS in a few seconds. The ability to be able to open multiple apps simultaneously and with the ease to collaborate to external devices using HDMI in/out or WIFI Direct /Bluetooth allows users to do work with great efficiency. The touchscreen is very responsive and allows to quickly switch between the apps and makes it really fast to move from checking emails to open excel sheet or to browse the research work.

The estimate cost of the machine goes to 80,000Rs which is quite a bit high for the desktops.

Overall the performance, touch and simplicity is amazing. Useful for business and enterprise use but a little expensive to use as home desktop.

 


Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook Review

Dell inspiron 15z is the latest touch based notebook in the Inspiron series. The new Ultrabook comes with good specifications at a very reasonable price. The laptop has a large 15 inch touchscreen which makes it user friendly while working on the Windows 8 operating system. Being an ultrabook with touchscreen it supports all the basic features of a regular notebook. The notebook though weighs 2.17kgs which is almost double the weight of the normal 13 inch Ultrabooks available.

Compared to other Inspiron notebooks, Inspiron 15z looks quite hefty. However with a 15 inch large touchscreen and with connectivity ports available like 4 USB 3.0 ports, a full HDMI slot, ethernet, card reader, a secure lock slot and jack for a headset, it is made quite compact. Inspiron 15z also comes with an optical read write drive which is not available in other ultrabooks in the market.

Specification

ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7
OSWindows8 64-bit
Memory8GB 2 DIMM (4GB x 2) DDR3 1600MHz
Hard Drive500GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD, 32 mSATA SDD
Display15.6 inch LED Display with touch,
HD(1366 x 768)
Graphic CardNvidia GeForce GT630M 2GB
Optical DeviceTray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes DVD)
Sound CardStereo Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® 4.0
Battery6-Cell 44 WHr Battery (built-in)
KeyboardDell™ Chiclet Backlit Keyboard with Multi-touch Touchpad (English)
Adaptor65W AC Adapter
Card Reader8-in-1 Memory Card Reader: SD, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS-Pro, MSXC, MMC, MMC+
Web CamIntegrated 1.0mp widescreen HD (1280 x 720)
BluetoothBluetooth v4.0
Controller CardIntel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230, 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth v4.0
SpeakersSkull Candy speakers integrated
Slots/Ports HDMI 1.4,USB 3.0 x 3,USB 3.0  PowerShare x 1,RJ45 x 1,Microphone/Headphone Jack x 1,Kinsington Lock

Looks, Build Quality, Connectivity Slots

Dell inspiron 15z comes with a matt silver aluminium lid and light grey plastic border and similar to the other notebooks in the Inspiron series. On opening the lid the display screen is cornered with a glossy glass border. The frame with plastic borders definitely cuts down the cost but does not look of great build quality.

The ultrabook comes with a backlit keyboard. If you do not want to use the backlit keys you can manually turn it of using Fn + F6 key. The keyboard is spill resistant and comfortable enough to type on even for a longer duration. The backlit keyboard is helpful while you are sitting in a room with dull lighting.

There is also a large touch pad which is pretty smooth to use and comes with a couple of mouse button on it. Further below, the base has rubber support which give a better grip to the laptop.

The ultrabook looks a little huge (dimensions 15 x 9.8 x 0.9 inch) and is not that stylish. However, it is very simple and mainly for those who want to buy a simple looking low cost model with high specications and touch technology. It also has an integrated 1MP webcam and a microphone adjacent to it for video conferencing.

Connectivity slots provided are HDMI 1.4, three USB 3.0,one USB 3.0 which provides transfer of data at faster speed, common jack for Microphone/Headphone, a secure lock, a card read and also a CD/DVD optical drive.

Display, Touchscreen

15z ultrabook display border is made of a scratch resistant gorilla glass, thus giving it a little glossy effect. The 15.6 inch LED display touch with high definition resolution (HD 1366 x 768) is not good enough for a 15 incher screens. The resolution should have been a minimum of 1400 x 800 to suit the larger screen.

There is no multi touch support with this system. It comes with normal touch, however, touch based laptops is soon going to a basic feature with the Windows 8 operating system. It is very easy to swipe and switch between docs or interfaces. The touch feature also makes browsing menus, interaction with Windows 8 tiles and the Charms menu faster and easier to access.

The Windows 8 UI is created in such a way that the touchscreen becomes addictive and the lack of it makes it harder to navigate. The downside is that the screen might get dirty quickly with fingerprint marks.

Performance

The performance is of the Inspiron 15z Ultrabook is good. It takes about 16sec to boot with SSD caching. The skully speakers located at the base just at the chassis are quite large and outputs a good sound quality. The web cam with 1MP outputs a good quality image and adjusts with the surrounding lighting to offer a clear image.

The Inspiron 15z is not a gaming notebook but comes with Nvidia GeForce GT630M 2GB graphics card. It consumes less power and does not overheat. However, it is not convineint to use this for hardcore gaming.

The battery used is 44Whr which is a little disappointing because it only lasts for 3 hours which is not that feasible for an Ultrabook.

Conclusion

Overall it’s a budget ultrabook with all the latest specifications. There is no limitation on the basic features and ports provided in the regular notebooks. The screen is pretty huge and comfortable to work on with the touch feature. It also supports DVD/CD optical drive which is usually not found in many of the ultrabooks. It also comes with skully speakers which are good enough for the laptops.

The best thing is with the 3rd generation intel core i7 processor and memory of 8 GB, 500GB HDD, a pretty good 15 inch touchscreen with Windows 8, Dell Inspiron 15z costs only Rs. 74,990 which is quite reasonable compared to other same spec ultrabook available in the market.

The bad is its very heavy to carry and looks hefty. The display resolution could be much better. Poor battery life might also limit the amount of time you can use the device without using the AC adapter.