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First Look: Lenovo IdeaCentre B520
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First Look: Lenovo IdeaCentre B520

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Lenovo's IdeaCentre B520 is an amazingly well-equipped all-in-one for its price. You'll come for the 3D feature, but you should stay for the sheer value.

Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the Lenovo IdeaCentre B520. This is an upper mid-range all-in-one. It costs about 1300 bucks as configured. It comes with a Core i7 CPU, mid-range in videographics chip as well as all kinds of multimedia features. One of the key features of this system is that it actually supports video's 3D vision technology. The 3D glasses are included and the system does a pretty good job of handling 3D games and 3D Blu-ray movies. So it's a 23-inch all-in-one and it's a touchscreen. Now Lenovo doesn't have sort of any overarching touch software suite, but it does have plenty of apps, some that are geared towards touch input. So over here on the side, you can see there's a Blu-ray drive. And on the back of the system, you can see a variety of multimedia ports. There's a TV tuner input here as well as AV input, HDMI input and output over here as well as a couple other connectivity ports. But the video inputs are really one of the key features of this system. So actually in the front system, you can see a whole array of lights down here. Now those are actually touch capacitive buttons. Some of them are pretty straightforward. You have volume controls, display brightness, display power. There's also a button here that will swap between the video signals, so you can go from the PC to an HDMI input to the AV input. So that result is that the system acts like a home entertainment hub and it really makes it simple to let you swap through any devices you may have connected to it. Now we do have a few things against the system. It's not the fastest gaming PC out there. And if you're a hard-core gamer, we definitely would not recommend buying this system at least with the expectation that you're gonna play every game in the market at the highest image quality. We also don't like the Bluetooth, mouse and keyboard which can take a little bit longer to wake up than we'd like. Overall though, this system is an amazing value considering the full amount of features it has and especially compared to other all-in-ones in the market like it. So I'm Rich Brown. This is the Lenovo IdeaCentre B520.

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