The IdeaCentre A730 is Lenovo’s 2013 front runner machine, and it shows. The design and power of this all-in-one are second to none in Lenovo’s line, from its 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor to its sleek aluminum shell.
This customizable desktop has many of the best possible options for a computer of its size. You can select an Ivy Bridge Core i7-4700MQ chip, which is at the top of its league, to make multitasking and gaming a breeze.
If you’re looking to use the computer as a game machine or entertainment center, you can beef up its graphics to the 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce 700-series GPUs that are available as options as well. With its touch-sensitive display and multiple angles, this all-in-one is also perfect for reading ebooks as well, and of course it works great with Windows 8.1.
You might think that an all-in-one this slim would have some connectivity problems, but that is not the case. It has 4 USB 3.0 slots as well as HDMI in and out ports and a card reader. Internet options include an Ethernet port and the built-in high performance Wi-Fi card.
Not only does it look good, but it is extremely light and slim, measuring only 0.9” (24.5mm) thick and sporting an aluminum casing that keeps it from weighing you down.
This means that despite its large display- 27 inches!- the IdeaCentre A730 never feels bulky or clumsy.
One of the best design features of this all-in-one is its screen, from the display itself to the hinges. The display sports impressive 2560×1440 QHD resolutions, depending on what you choose, meaning that any movies or games you play on it will look gorgeous.
This is another switch from Lenovo’s standard machines, and another reason that makes it obvious why the IdeaCentre A730 is the flagship for this year.
Not only is the screen itself high quality, but you can use it in a variety of configurations. While many all-in-ones will only allow you to work with the screen fully erect or completely flat, you can adjust the screen of this computer to multiple angles, making it perfect for work or entertainment in any setting or position.
In addition to the touchscreen features that make the computer optimal for the Windows 8 operating system, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 also comes with an ergonomic AccuType wireless keyboard and mouse to make gaming and typing easier.
Pros and Cons of the IdeaCentre A730
• Flexibility. The freely adjustable screen makes the A730 the only all-in-one that offers so many options for viewing angles, making it convenient to use regardless of where you are.
No matter what configuration of chair and table or lap you might be using, you’ll be able to find an angle that works.
• Beauty. With a sleek, modern aluminum design, the IdeaCentre A730 almost resembles an iMac. If you like the look of Apple computers but not the operating system and the lack of compatibility with your favorite games, not to mention the extra money tagged on for brand name, the A730 is a great choice.
• Responsiveness. With a 10-Point Capacitive Touch screen, this desktop can handle gestures with all 10 fingers, giving you more options than ever before, especially with Windows 8.1
• Entertainment. With a built in optical or Blu-Ray drive and great graphics options, you can expect a lot of fun out of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A730. Many all-in-ones tend to focus on business features, but now you can easily take your games and movies anywhere as well, without losing quality.
• Protection. Users of all-in-one machines tend to be on their computers a lot, either for business reasons at all hours of the day or because the things they love to do most require a computer.
Staring at a screen all day won’t permanently damage your eyes, but it can strain them, especially if you’re leaning too close. The IdeaCentre A730 has a built in Eye Distance System to alert you when you are close enough to the monitor to easily cause eyestrain.
• Price. With this much power, both in processing and graphics, combined with such a lightweight design, it should be obvious that the IdeaCentre A730 doesn’t come cheap. Even before you select the best and priciest options, it comes close in price to other computers with better displays.
• Memory. It cannot hold more than 1TB of data at the maximum memory option. For many people, that might be enough, but others will need more, and would have to resort to external drives, which greatly reduces the portability of the machine.
The IdeaCentre A730 is a great new machine that definitely deserves to be at the front of the Lenovo line this season. It is easy to take anywhere, and users will sacrifice little in terms of power or graphics by choosing it over a larger option.
Lenovo also supports it with many internet portals, from games to education, so the uses are endless. It is a great machine for any heavy computer user, regardless of whether you focus on gaming or business.
- Processor: 4th Gen Intel Core i7- 4700MQ (2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 64
- Optical Drive: Blu-ray/DVD-RW
- Hard Disk Drive : 1TB storage (5400rpm)
- Memory: Up to 8GB DDR3- 1600Mhz(Support Dual Channel) [4 DIMM slots 1x4GB/2x2GB/1x2+1x4GB/2x4GB)]
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT745M 2GB
- Display/Resolution: 27″ All In One QHD Glossy with 10 point PCT Multi-touch 2560 x 1440
- 27″ 16:9 widescreen
- Weight: 24.25 lbs.
- Dimensions: 25.6” x 8.7” x 18.9”