Not all AIOs have to cost an arm and a leg.
There was a time when all-in-one (AIO) systems carried a hefty pricing premium. Some still do, but if your Google-fu is strong, you can find affordable AIOs that won't put you in the poor house. Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Edge 62z is one such example, falling into the affordable category with a starting price of $549, which is cheaper than most Ultrabooks. Is it as powerful?
The Edge 62z has a space-saving 18.5-inch display. Lenovo didn't bother to mention the resolution, but if we had to venture a guess, we'd say it's likely toting a Full HD 1080p panel. Inside you'll find up to a 3rd generation Intel Core i3 (Ivy Bridge) CPU, up to 1TB of hard drive storage, and up to 8GB of RAM. It also features six USB 2.0 ports and up to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. You read that right -- there's no love for Windows 8 here, unless that's a typo on Lenovo's part.
On paper, it's not the most powerful machine on the planet, though Lenovo's not targeting power users. Lenovo sees its latest AIO being used in cramped work spaces that need to accommodate multiple PCs, such as nursing stations and school computer labs.
"Our customers, particularly in the healthcare and education markets, see the benefits of the smaller footprint AIOs in their work environments," said Chris Frey , vice president, North America channel business, Lenovo. "The ThinkCentre Edge 62z delivers on that request with a product designed to maximize space and minimize cost."
The ThinkCentre Edge 62z will available beginning in May.