Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 review

An unusual all-in-one that doesn’t quite hang together, and is a little overpriced too

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We’ve seen a veritable avalanche of Lenovo gear hit the PC Pro Labs of late, and continuing the flow is the company’s latest consumer all-in-one PC, the IdeaCentre A310.

It’s an unusual piece of kit. Rather than build the motherboard, processor, memory and ports in behind the screen, as with its bigger brother the Lenovo M90z, Lenovo has decided to pack everything into the A310’s base. That means it takes up a little more room on your desk than a standard all-in-one.

It might have ended up looking dowdy too, but in fact the A310 is far from that. With no components bolted on its rear, the screen measures just 19mm from front to back, as slim and svelte as any high-end consumer monitor we’ve seen.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A310

The white and chrome colour scheme looks smart and, thanks to a handful of unusual design touches – a right-angled chrome elbow in the rear right corner of the base holds the screen sturdily in place, while the base is a trapezium rather than square – the A310 is like no other all-in-one we’ve seen.

Beyond the exotic looks, you’ll find the Lenovo A310 is a capable little thing. The 21.5in Full HD screen, for starters, is pretty darned good. A glossy finish gives images and movies deep contrast, while colours are vibrant and brightness good. Dab the touch sensitive menu control to the bottom right of the screen and you can control brightness, and swap between three preset colour profiles: “Movies”, “Text” and “Internet”. Unusually for a modern all-in-one PC, the A310 doesn’t have a touchscreen, but we didn’t miss it at all.

The processor is a mobile model – the Intel Core i3-350M – but has plenty of oomph, scoring 1.36 in our real world benchmarks, with the help of 4GB DDR3 RAM. The presence of only Intel HD graphics, however, means gaming at the native Full HD resolution of the screen will only be possible for the very least demanding titles; in our Crysis test at Low quality settings and 1,366 x 768 it only managed an average of 7.5fps. It’s plenty powerful enough for any HD content you might throw at it, though.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity500
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size21.5in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i3
CPU nominal frequency2.26GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
HSF (heatsink-fan)N/A

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots freeN/A
Conventional PCI slots totalN/A
PCI-E x16 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x16 slots totalN/A
PCI-E x8 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x8 slots totalN/A
PCI-E x4 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x4 slots totalN/A
PCI-E x1 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x1 slots totalN/A
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics cardN/A
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetInel HD Graphics
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSeagate Momentus 5400.6
Capacity500GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Cache size8MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersLenovo, built in
Speaker type2
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisN/A
Case formatAll-in-one

Power supply

Power supplyN/A
Power supply ratingN/A
Power supply efficiencyN/A

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in baysN/A

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)4
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks2

Front ports

Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardLenovo Bluetooth wireless set

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Software suppliedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter

Noise and power

Idle power consumption35W
Peak power consumption54W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score1.36
Office application benchmark score1.12
2D graphics application benchmark score1.47
Encoding application benchmark score1.25
Multitasking application benchmark score1.60
3D performance (crysis) low settings8fps
3D performance settingLow

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