Lenovo All-in-One PC | My First Thoughts

by Michelle Mangen on December 9, 2010

in Featured,Productivity Tools

On November 29th FedEx dropped off a Lenovo All-in-One Multi-Touch PC into my eager hands.

Don’t get carried away —- I didn’t spend the retail $1,079.00 for this PC (my laptop is in great working order).  This little gem landed in my hands due to a Twitter friend asking if I’d be willing to participate in a promo / feedback group that Lenovo has going on.

And that…is exactly why I was so crazy excited when my son and I unpacked the box and set up the machine. Prior to receiving this machine I had no.idea.whatsoever.what.it.was. (Yes, I could have Google’d it before it arrived)

Here is a general overview of the snippets of conversation that my son and I had while unpacking and setting it up:

  • Wow! Slim design (maybe twice the width of an LCD screen)
  • OMgosh what a huge screen — a whopping 23″ (ironically I was on the phone with a friend less than a week before and we agreed “Who uses 23″ computer screens?”)
  • No messy cord tangles — it came with a regular mouse and keyboard and while some may prefer the wireless option, I hate wireless keyboards and mice
  • My son is in love with the touch-screen feature (while I don’t use it for much except to increase the volume of my favorite songs playing in Pandora)
  • The best surprise for both of us ….. it has built-in wireless and immediately recognized our network and we were connected to it in less than a minute

The best way to describe it is “an iPad on steroids” (granted it’s a little too big to shove in your flight carry on and it needs to stay connected to a power source; but you get the idea, right?)

Since the initial set-up last week I’ve installed QuickBooks and a bunch of other minor programs that I use regularly. The only hiccup I had was the install of QuickBooks 2010 and I don’t think that was actually related to the computer, I think it is some issue between QB and Windows 7. Easily fixed though by downloading the QB install via a direct download link (instead of the disk).

As a “regular” small business owner I will probably never put it through the serious paces that more intense users will. My son will (or may have already) tried to do some gaming on it. Maybe I can convince him to do a blog post too.

If you want a much more technical overview than you will ever see written from my fingertips, head over and read this one from one of the other participants. (that much techno mumbo jumbo makes my eyes swim)

As I mentioned in my last newsletter I will have one of these awesome machines to give away in the near future…so stay tuned. (or better yet sign up for my weekly blog digest in the right sidebar)

PS: A special thank you going out to the Twitter friend who suggested me to the head dudes running this promo. While my laptop is in good working order, this new computer is freakin’ sweet!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one of them and don’t want to lay out the $1,000+ for it check out the listing below as a good number of other participants have their contests going on now.

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  • http://www.macksearplugs.com PeteBenner@EarPlug

    Well it sounds pretty promising….. i should better get on a contest…Can you use it without touch like we use our desktops?? I guess that is a dumb question

    • http://www.thevirtualasst.com Michelle Mangen

      Pete – not a dumb question at all. Yes, you sure can use it like a “regular” desktop. I have the mouse and keyboard with mine. I type pretty fast and would never be able to be as quick on the touch-screen keyboard.

  • http://www.macksearplugs.com PeteBenner@EarPlug

    Yeah right that was exactly my thought that you cant type fast with a touch screen keyboard….Well guess its pretty good then.

  • Anne Sales @ You Love Coupons

    I’m looking at my husband’s Philips PC and am visually trying to compare it with your Lenovo. I like the touch screen feature but not for the keyboard. It does sound like a good PC to check out. I wish I could participate in such promos. 8)

  • http://www.kellislaw.com/ Lyrah@Best DUI Lawyer in Philadelphia

    That is really sweet! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of those. Glad that it had no cord stuff. I hate annoying cords, it’s messy to look at and my baby sometimes plays with cords, which is a very dangerous thing, so it definitely is the prefect thing for me.

  • Eden Pure

    This thing sounds pretty impressive. I think I would love the touch screen feature. The no cord feature would be unbelievably handy I can’t even tell you how many times I have gotten my laptop cord tangled or stuck some place it shouldn’t be. The ease of it seeing your network and being able to connect to it in less then a minute makes taking the Lenovo with you more likely. I definitely have to google it and find out more information about it.

  • http://www.topsurveillancesystems.com Glenn@GIJoh

    All I can say is wow! To be able to give a computer a test drive like that without having to purchase it is something I would love to do. Hopefully I will have that kind of chance in the future. ^_^

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    I have the HP model of the touch screen all-in-one PC and I bought it a year ago for around $880. I have been really happy with it and switch between touch screen and using the wireless mouse and keyword when I am typing documents etc. My screen is not as big as yours, 21 inch, but still very nice. I have never taken it away with me on a trip because I have a laptop, and it would be personal preference as to whether you would want to carry the extra weight, if you did it would need to go in a carry-on style suitcase, not laptop bag. Where I find its compactness useful is moving it to different rooms in the house, like the kitchen as an example. The slim profile is really handy, and the fact that it needs just one power cord to operate it makes it easy to move. If you are an avid cook and want to look at recipes online, or simply want to surf websites or watch videos in your kitchen, it is very handy for this. I have also set it up on a coffee table and watched some movies online, so they are very useful fully functional PCs without all the clutter.

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    I read about these recently and was cautious about the screen size and needing a power cord. it sounded more like a slim desktop than laptop. May be useful for surfing the web at home but unfortunately i need something more portable.

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