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Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1299
inc VAT

It’s expensive and doesn’t have the high-resolution screen of Apple’s iMacs, but this powerful all-in-one PC is both highly capable and very stylish


2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM, 8GB RAM, 27in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The PC has 8GB of RAM, which is plenty for any task up to and including editing massive high-resolution images, but that’s as much memory as the motherboard can handle, so there’s no scope to upgrade. There’s a 1TB hard disk to store all your media, a card reader which can handle SDXC and Memory Stick PRO cards among others and a 720p webcam.

The PC’s speakers are built into the front of the base which houses all the system’s innards, so keeping your desk nice and clear. Like most integrated speakers, they’re fine for system sounds, spoken word and even a spot of YouTube viewing, but a muddy mid-range, minimal bass and oddly muted treble tones mean they’re not suitable for music.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

The PC has a 3.5mm headphone port for speakers and headphones, and the system comes equipped with Dolby Home Theatre virtual surround sound processing software. There’s also a microphone port and you can always use the HDMI port to output your audio and video to a proper set of surround sound speakers via an AV receiver. The PC also has four USB ports – three on the back and one at the front right of the base. The front-right port and one of the rear ports are USB3.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

At just shy of £1,300, this all-in-one is by no means cheap – it only costs £100 less than the cheapest 27-inch Apple iMac. However, although it lacks the iMac’s 2,560×1,440 display and can only take a maximum 8GB of memory, the PC’s specification is otherwise superior, with a more powerful processor, TV tuner, touchscreen and a Blu-ray drive. If photo editing and design work are your key interests, the prize still goes to Apple, but the IdeaCentre A720 is more suitable for home entertainment and gaming, so is still an excellent all-in-one.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i7-3610QM
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x23
Processor clock speed 2.3GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Lenovo ChiefRiver QS00652391
Motherboard chipset Intel HM76


USB2 ports (front/rear) 1/3
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case all-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free) N/A
PCI-E x16 slots (free) N/A
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar WD7500BPVT-24HXZ
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 750GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M
Graphics/video ports HDMI


Sound Realtek ALC272
Sound outputs 3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in
Speakers integrated

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Optical drive type(s) BD-ROM + DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 27 in
Screen model integrated
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs HDMI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Lenovo SK-8861
Mouse Lenovo SM-8861


Software included ArcSoft PhotoStudio Paint, CyberLink PowerDVD 10, CyberLink PowerCinema, CyberLink YouCam, Dolby Home Theater, Lenovo Idea Touch, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition, burn own restore disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £1,299

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