Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z review

Reviews 26 Sep, 2011

It may not be quite as stylish as an iMac, but the latest all-in-one PC from Lenovo is a surprisingly compelling alternative as we find out in our review.

4
Price: 
£557
ex VAT
Verdict: 
Despite having a glossy, reflective screen, the ThinkCentre 91z is a good choice if you want a compact, powerful and fairly versatile all-in-one PC backed by an onsite warranty. It's competitively priced too, making it a cheaper Windows-based alternative to a equivalently specified 21.5in iMac.

Lenovo has been making all-in-one PCs for a while now and the ThinkCentre Edge 91z is its latest effort. The 91z is the company's first model to have the Edge branding, so it's aimed at small businesses and has a slimmer, more consumer-oriented styling than previous designs which had been quite boxy and chunky. It still has an onsite warranty that'll have a repairman at your door within two business days of a fault being reported, but it lasts for just a year rather than three years as with some Lenovo PCs.

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z gets its name from its edge-to-edge glossy panelling covering the 21.5in screen.

Like Apple, Lenovo has seen no need to use a touchscreen for the PC's 21.5in integrated display. This immediately cuts out the risk of a certain graininess that some touchscreens suffer. The Edge branding means that the display is glossy so it's rather reflective if you have a bright light behind or above you. However, colours are soft and natural-looking, although pure white tones aren't quite as bright as we've seen from our favourite monitors. Nonetheless, the 1,920x1,080 pixel display is certainly up to the job. You can even use it as a standalone monitor, thanks to the VGA input at the back, and effortlessly switch between the input and PC at the press of a button on the front panel.

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z's easel-like stand doesn't lend itself to easy tilting and swivelling.

Inside, the PC has a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2400S processor - a power-efficient choice that does a good job of powering through our benchmark tests with a fast overall score of 81. The system reviewed here comes with 4GB of memory and a 64-bit version of Windows Professional pre-installed to take advantage of it.

Specifications: 

Processor: Intel Core-i5-2400S, 2.5GHz

Memory: 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM

Graphics: integrated Intel GMA X4500

Hard disk: 500GB hard disk

Display: 21.5in 1,920 x 1,080, LED-backlit screen

Features: two megapixel webcam, microphone, stereo speakers

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet

Ports: 6 x USB2 (two side, four rear), memory card reader

Slots: 1 x mini PCI Express (reserved for WiFi)

Dimensions: 40x410x266mm (WxDxH)

Warranty: one year onsite warranty

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Part code: SWHB5UK