Lenovo Ideacentre AIO-910 Review

Thoughts on a high-end Windows desktop from a MacBook user

The Lenovo AIO-910 is a high end, well built, and beautiful all-in-one PC. With a 27” display, Windows 10, and beefed up specs, there’s a lot this machine can do. But I’m a MacBook Air user, so how much does this impress me? Let’s take a look.



Speed

The Lenovo AIO-910 is fast. There’s nothing but speed in this machine. I’ve been using highest specced model, and it was more than enough for me. With 16GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB hard drive and 256GB SSD, this computer is a beast. Throughout my use, I’ve never had this lag to any major extent.

With the usual tasks of Chrome, Office, and Mail, nothing slowed this computer down. I was pleasantly surprised about this, considering this is the first Windows computer that hasn’t excessively lagged. But the other device that doesn’t lag? My 2015 MacBook Air. It has lower specs, but the MacBook is fast. I’ve never had it slow down on normal tasks.

Hardware experience

The hardware on the AIO-910 is gorgeous. The body is an aluminum design, although some parts are plastic, designed to look like aluminum. This is one area that Apple never sacrifices in. The screen, at a massive 27”, is incredible. The colors are vibrant, and whites look fantastic. They remind me of the whites I see on my Pixel, which has an AMOLED display. A cool bonus is that the screen is a touchscreen. Now, I’m not a fan of touch screens on computers, especially all-in-one units like this Lenovo. This is mostly because I see no reason for it. Why bother using a touch screen when a mouse and keyboard will be much faster? However, it does have some purposes for those who enjoy using touch for certain apps, like Photoshop.

This computer is designed so you can use it at a variety of angles — standing or sitting applications are possible. I have to say: the quality of the computer — mouse and keyboard aside — is almost on par with my MacBook. There are certain elements that feel a little on the cheap side, but the look of it and build quality is excellent. The one extremely stupid design decision is the power button placement. First off, it took a little bit to actually find it. Second, I wound up accidentally hitting it, triggering the computer to shut down. I wound up spending some time hunting down the setting to change the default action.

User experience

As far as the user experience goes, this is where I had the most problems. I’ll get it right out there. It’s Windows. I’m a Mac user, and I really don’t like Windows. When I first got the computer, I was reminded of the various reasons why I didn’t like Windows. But after using it for some time, I’ve learned what settings to tweak to get it to look and act how I want it to. And, well, it’s not too bad anymore. But the overall nature of a Windows machine still bothers me. Especially the time it takes to configure it how you want it to be. Macs, on the other hand, work pretty much exactly how you want them to, right out of the box. Those who have already been using a Windows machine will have already overcome these annoyances, so it won’t be any different. There are some preinstalled Lenovo apps, but they aren’t too big of a deal. The worst is McAfee, but that is easily removed with the McAfee removal tool. Apart from that, the amount of apps pre-installed was no big deal and easily overcome. That is something that I, as a MacBook user and stock Android user, love: no preinstalled junk.

Screen quality

The screen on my model is a 2k screen. It looks absolutely fantastic. Everything is super detailed, but at certain times it was more annoying than nice. Some elements aren’t built for a 2k resolution screen, and using the AIO-910 as a 2k monitor definitely caused some issues with the other devices, as they didn’t know what to do with such a high resolution. The other annoying aspect about the screen is that it is extremely reflective, making it hard to work on in environments with bright lights opposite the display. I’m not sure if this is just because of the touch screen, but it is an annoyance either way.

Audio quality

The AIO-910 had Harmon Kardon speakers built right in. Let me tell you, these speakers don’t disappoint. Sure, they don’t beat the quality of my Thonet & Vander Laut BT system, but for a built-in pair of speakers, they are fantastic. The addition of Dolby Audio also really helps with an extra kick in the bass — a nice touch. They are certainly suitable for daily use, although I would attach a separate set of speakers if you plan on listening to a lot of music.

Cool features

One of the neat features about the AIO-910 is its HDMI port. Sure, you can output the computer to another display, but you can also input other displays onto the AIO-910 monitor. This is a really cool feature that is totally not necessary, but it is nice to have regardless. Another neat feature is the touch screen. To me, it’s more of a gimmick. I don’t see any real use for it. But, it’s nice anyways.

Price

This computer is an all around beast at everything it does. But that comes with a price. The low end starts at $1,100, and that comes with an i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and no touchscreen. For me, that model would be perfectly fine. For others, it may not be. While I don’t have that much knowledge when it comes to pricing for a Windows computer, I know this: it takes over $600 to get a good Windows computer. Anything less than that, and you’ll start to see plenty of sacrifices made to get the cost down. For an all-in-one PC, I think this is definitely reasonable. After all, you’re getting a computer and a nice monitor in one package.

However, if you like the beefed up specs and touch screen, it’ll run you $1,800 — the same price as a similarly specced iMac. But if you’re in the market for an all-in-one machine, then even I, a MacBook user, would recommend this machine. There’s nothing major wrong with it, and it will handle a variety of tasks with excellence. Purchase links are below. Also, be sure to check out our video review below for an even better look at the AIO-910.

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