Since Lenovo entered the all-in-one market with the IdeaCentre A600 early last year, Lenovo has tried to expand its offerings to cater to different types of users. The IdeaCentre A-series, for example, is billed as a designer-class product for the living room, while the equally eye-catching B-series with a quad-core CPU and discrete graphics and the ThinkCentre A70z promises a little more pep is aimed at business users who want to save space on the desk.
Today we're taking a look at another family of all-in-one desktops from Lenovo, the C-Series. This entry-level series includes the Atom-based C300 and the AMD Athlon-equipped C315, which are even available in the 40221FU or 40221GU variants. The latter is on our test bench, and for an additional $ 100 you can get an additional 2 GB of storage (4 GB total), a larger 500 GB hard drive, and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.
Otherwise, the hardware specifications are identical to those of its siblings, including the AMD Athlon II X2 250U CPU with 1.6 GHz, ATI HD 4530 M92-M + graphics, integrated WiFi, TV tuner and speakers, a webcam, an optical drive and a 20-inch Lenovo NaturalTouch multitouch panel. The C315 also has Lenovo's suite of touch-friendly multimedia apps like PowerCinema and AutoCollage so you can use this feature right away.
The system comes with a wired PS / 2 keyboard and USB mouse, which detracts a little from the clean look of an all-in-one desktop. An infrared receiver with an IR cable and a wireless media remote control are also included. The media remote control is pretty simple, but should be enough to control the built-in TV tuner.
Lenovo is promoting the $ 849 C315 as the perfect PC solution for tight spaces and budgets. Read on as we take a closer look at what this all-in-one desktop has to offer.