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The Lenovo Ideacentre is a good all-round performer and our best tested Windows desktop.
It’s not as sleek as the iMacs, but is OK to use and has a good quality display. Its touchscreen performs very well and has a wide tilt range, but it can show fingerprints easily and has a moderate amount of glare. We saw a minor drop in brightness and increase in contrast as the screen angle changed, though some change is to be expected with screens that can be tilted. The sound from its built-in speakers was OK, with good stereo separation, but our tester found it a bit tinny and unnatural. It has plenty of ports with three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. You can swivel the unit to access its rear ports, but it does require a bit of effort. The keyboard has small keys, but it’s comfortable to use as there’s a decent amount of space between them. It has a separate graphics RAM so you can play graphically intensive games with little worry. It comes with a DVD drive.
Overall score includes:
Design and use (30%)
The tests we use to measure a computer's performance reflect everyday usage. Our tests look at processor and graphics performance as well as memory and storage. We compare a computer’s performance using cross-system benchmarking software to test and compare on different operating systems, such as Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan.
Design and use is split into a tester assessment (40%) and an expert panel assessment (60%). The tester assessment consists of testing the recovery options, screen adjustment, manuals and information and sound quality. Our panel of three professional users assess the design, style, and keyboard and mouse use.
Display is assessed on colour, brightness and contrast (50%); text (20%); glare/surface reflections (10%); viewing angle where applicable (10%); and blu-ray playback where applicable (10%).
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