The Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z is an all-in-one PC designed to be used primarily in business settings. Although this no thrills computer will not be the flashiest rig in your residence hall, those looking to get some serious work done on a student budget will be pleased.

Several months ago Lenovo sent me an A70z to integrate into my daily workflow. I have put it through its paces in a variety of different use scenarios to provide you with a student specific review. Read on for the review.

Design

The flat black, all-in-one case of the Lenovo A70z left many of my peers flustered, “Wait, where’s the computer?!” Behind the 19” matter screen is a 2” deep compartment holding the guts of the computer. There’s a substantial bezel around all sides of the screen with stereo speakers built into the bottom bezel. The base of the screen lies flat on a desk, a questionable attribute because of the computers increased footprint. A vesa mount is provided on the back in the event you wish to mount the computer. Your standard array of ports are found on the back and rear of the computer including a DVD-Rom drive. 

Overall, the design is simple and efficient. Student’s will appreciated the A70z’s tight form factor in a dorm environment where space is a premium. Once again, the screen is the computer!

Hardware

Although capable, the Lenovo A70z was not designed to be a multimedia or gaming PC. The review unit I received is a second tier configuration with a 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of ram and a 320 GB hard-drive. Although not blistering fast, it boots Windows 7 quickly and runs Office without hesitation. YouTube videos at 1080p played smoothly, however the built-in speakers were disappointing. The 19” matte TFT display is excellent for on-screen reading over extended periods of time. A built-in webcam with microphone should be sufficient for calling Mom & Pop on Skype.

By no means are any of the specs on the Lenovo A70z earth shattering, nor were they intended to be. This is a “Working Man’s” PC, save the LED case lighting and overpriced GPU’s for your those who didn’t get into college. 

Performance 

Over the past few months I’ve used the A70z daily. The Lenovo handled any task I threw at it admirably. Keep in mind I do minimal graphics work and use my Xbox for any serious gaming. None the less, if you’re typical student in need of a desktop, the Lenovo A70z is perfect for typing up lecture notes, conducting research and whipping up presentations. When your ADD kicks in, it’s great for serving up web videos and reading HackCollege!

One Last Thing….

What really makes the Lenovo A70z the perfect student desktop is the price. At only $500, this minimal yet powerful computer will allow you to get work done without breaking the bank. 

P.S.

HackCollege is giving away a shiny new Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z!

Contest will run as follows:

  • Write the word “HackCollege” in a creative manner for the public to see. Bigger might be better…
  • Email a photo of your art to luke@hackcollege.com
  • The most creative submission, as chosen by the HackCollege writing team wins the Lenovo A70z.
  • Contest closes Friday July 16th at 11:59PM
  • Any submissions which include any form of property damage will be automatically disqualified. 

 Good Luck!