I'm a sucker for all-in-one desktops, and the Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 is one the slickest, sexiest models I've ever seen.
It features a 21.5-inch LCD mounted on a glossy white base, with an equally glossy white mouse and keyboard. To me the design says "kitchen PC," but it'll look good anywhere you put it.
The IdeaCentre A300-40181OU (the top-end model) has a list price of $1,099, but it's currently on sale for $849. Coupon code USPLENOVO805 drops it to $721.65 shipped. (Click the link up top, then click Customize & Buy for the model on the far right. Use the coupon code after adding it to your cart.)
The A300 comes with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo T6600 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and
Windows 7 Home Premium. That should satisfy most mainstream users' needs.
Now for the good stuff: the A300's monitor delivers full 1,920x1,080-pixel (aka 1080p) resolution, meaning it effectively doubles as an HDTV. In fact, the system comes with both a TV tuner and an HDMI input, the latter suitable for connections from, say, a Blu-ray player or
Now for the bad stuff: the A300 lacks an optical drive. That's a pretty major omission, though I have to say, I use my desktop's DVD drive almost never. You'll have to decide if this is something you can live without--and keep in mind you can always plug in a USB drive if you need one.
I've actually got an A300 in for review, and I'm just blown away by its elegant design. If you've been shopping for an ultra-stylish PC with a big screen, small footprint, and video-friendly features, take a look.
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