Lenovo’s Brilliant Idea: IdeaCenter A600
THE IDEACENTER A600 is Lenovo’s premium all-in-one desktop PC. It attempts to blur the line between your PC and TV, and has an impressive combination of features and performance with a price tag to match. It has no seperate cabinet, and the Ideacenter A600’s centerpiece is its slim screen. It’s glossy, 21.5-inch wide and supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels; perfect for high-definitionmovie playback. The screen is curved inwards below the bezel which is secured firmly to a stand. The extended curved bezel also houses the onboard speakers, with a sub-woofer placed on the back panel. On either side of the curved bezel there is a combination of connectivity ports and an optical drive, and touch sensitive settings button on the front. Like any other monitor, you can adjust the IdeaCenter A600’s angle by tilting it forward and back.
Features and Specs:- The Lenovo A600 has an impressive list of features. It’s powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2-GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 640GB (7200 rpm) hard drive. It also has an in-built TV turner with a socket placed on the back panel to plug in your cable TV connection. Equipped with a ATi Radeon HD 3650 graphics card, Dolby Home Theater surround sound and Windows Media Center, the Lenovo IdeaCenter A600 is a very good candidate for a home theater system. It also comes with extra accompaniments: 4-in-1 remote controller, wireless mouse and keyboard. The IdeCenter A600 doesn’t include an HDMI port, but all other input-output ports are well accounted for: 6 USB ports, Firewire, multicard reader, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless 802.11n, DVD writer, headphone and microphone ports round things up on the front. It has an option to include a Blu-ray ROM drive, though.
Usability:- The Lenovo IdeaCenter A600’s keyboard is slim-and-light and very well built. And the inclusion of a touchpad and mouse buttons couldn’t be more convinient, allowing you to control it within a range of 25 feet. If the wireless keyboard takes the cake, with regards to peripherals accompanying the IdeaCenter A600, then the 4-in-1 remote controller takes the cherry on top. It lets you control your PC as an air mouse – point the remote at the screen and move it left or right to replicate the mouse-pointer movement on the screen. You can use it as a phone with VoIP services like Skype, and play bundled games just like on a Nitendo Wii. Serve for real while playing tennis, stoop and bowl while bowling, and more, with 3D motion detection via the remote: it’s devilishly addictive. Watching Movies, Playing games- the A600 is a very good overall performer. It also comes with Lenovo’s proprietary VeriFace face recognition technology and OneKey backup solution. With a WorldBench score of 87, and 3D Mark 06 score of 3086, it scored very well.
The IdeaCenter A600 is a very good attempt to fuse a television set with a PC, and it’s highly recommendable to anyone interested in having the best of both worlds. With the added bonus of Wii-like gaming with the wonder remote, it’s a unique product, thoroughly justifying its premium price tag of $699.99, $799.99 and $999.99.