I see a lot of computers on a pretty regular basis, but over time they all feel like the same three basic things. A laptop, a huge desktop, and an all-in-one. All-in-one PCs certainly have their advantages and can look very nice, but over time even they begin to get a little boring. However when the Lenovo A540 arrived on my doorstep and I had it out of the box, I was struck with the sleek design of this machine. But looks aren’t all that matter, especially on a computer. So is this option worth picking up? Let’s take a look.
- 23.8″ 1920×1080 IPS Display
- Intel Core i7 Processor
- 8GB RAM
- 1TB HDD + 8GB SSHD
- Windows 8.1 (Free upgrade to Windows 10)
The Lenovo A540 has a very unique design which is composed of a large display mounted atop an aluminum shaft and base. The main components of the PC are located in that aluminum base and I found the looks of this design very pleasing. The adjustable mount also provided a lot in the way of how you can use the machine since you can use it as a standard desktop computer, a “table PC”, and more.
The 23.8″ display on the A540 is nothing short of impressive. The FHD resolution could easily be mistaken for a much higher resolution. We’re also looking at a (very responsive) touch screen here which I found invaluable on this form factor. Adjusting the display to an angle allowed me to use it with only the touch screen while doing simple tasks like streaming videos or music.
Out of the box the Lenovo A540 comes with Windows 8.1, but you can quickly and easily upgrade it to Windows 10 if you choose to do so. I spent the majority of my time with this machine on Windows 8.1 and performance was great. I used it mostly for web browsing, streaming media, file management, and writing up some articles. Performance during those tasks was great, but they aren’t exactly taxing on the system. However thanks to the Intel Core i5/i7 and 8GB of RAM on board, you shouldn’t have many issues with performance on this machine.
Keyboard & Mouse
There’s no light way of saying this. The keyboard that comes with the A540 is just terrible. The keys don’t feel great, the layout is weird, and there’s nothing all that good to say about it. The mouse is, OK, I guess, but honestly I’d highly recommend swapping both of these ASAP.
Overall the Lenovo A540 is a fairly solid option for a home PC. It has a great display and a great build. However it’s hindered by the included keyboard and the price tag. Starting at over $1,000, this is a pretty expensive machine. However if you are looking for an all-in-one PC that maximizes space on your desk, this is definitely an awesome option.