Lenovo IdeaCentre C540 Touch All-in-One Desktop Computer

Lenovo launches two AIO PCs during the last CES with the model names of A730 and C540 from the IdeaCentre series. Both are aimed at selling Windows 8 PCs specifically for families at a significantly much cheaper price than usual, and the two comes in their own sizes as well, namely a 27-incher and a 23-incher (or 20 inches to some markets) respectively. Since they both showcase Windows 8 as the standard platform, it’s real unfortunate and a bit of shame not to bring a touch version of these PCs to the market yet, or at least we need to wait for a couple months more to get the real price quote. As of now, all we can delve on into is the non-touch version of both, particularly the C540 or the smaller version of the release.

Prices vary according to configuration for these two models, and can range from $1,499 and up for the bigger version, and the latter version’s price starts at $600 more or less. The A730 can be opted only for a 27-inch version as expected, but users get a chance to choose between different HD resolutions with 2,560×1440 as the highest. The same model is said to have a tilting degree of up to 90 degrees, and includes NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M chip to run its Intel processor that, as of now, is only locked to i3 if not the Pentium Dual-core version. On the other hand, the C540 showcases a less tilting display at only around 25 degrees, but sports a dedicated VRAM of 2GB from NVIDIA GeForce 615. Both models have the option to choose between hard drives from 1TB to 2TB, and can be opted as well for a 2GB of RAM or up to 8GB as announced.

Since our focus will play more on the smaller version, I am glad to tell you that the Lenovo IdeaCentre C540 Touch supports a good range of ports and I/Os. These include but are not limited to the audio port, six USB ports (2USB 3.0s), an HDMI port, a TV-in port, an IR sensor, a 720p camera, a card reader, and a very rare DVD loader/drive. The C540, unlike the bigger version, has its components all at the back of the 23-inch display, and such is supported by a V-shaped hinge that looks like a pair of feet angled 45 degrees in between. One downside of the C540 of Lenovo is that, you get a mouse and a keyboard included, but both do run only on the wires via USB port. This is a bit lagged behind thinking that most AIOs of today offer BT connectivity for these input devices.

Despite being low on specs making this AIO looked more like simply a storage box because of the big space available, the Lenovo IdeaCentre C540 Touch at least copes up by making this AIO more family-friendly, or to an extent, more child-friendly. One distinct feature being boasted in this model is the Dynamic Brightness System, which automatically detects room brightness for a less strenuous and more comfortable viewing. Another feature is the Eye Distance System, wherein users are alerted via an on-screen display if they are sitting too near on the display. Other features include those bloatware from Lenovo like a cloud service, a ‘rescue’ service, and some other stuff like Nitro PDF and YouCam.

Lastly, the Lenovo IdeaCentre C540 Touch supports Wi-Fi also, though there’s hardly any official announcement yet as to whether this will also support a dual-version of it or a WiDi feature. We’d love to try the C540’s touch model also, and like you, we feel like this simple price will get a more terrible price for its class.

Lenovo IdeaCentre C540 Touch All-in-One Desktop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 25,000.00

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