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Lenovo's IdeaCentre A600 outclassed by year-old Averatec all-in-one

Lenovo's IdeaCentre A600 21.5-inch all-in-one comes in slower than a competing system at the same price.

Lenovo's IdeaCentre A600 came to light at CES this year, boasting a large screen, a motion-sensitive remote control and a host of digital entertainment features. The $749 configuration we reviewed this week is not that system.

Lenovo's IdeaCenter A600 21.5-inch all-in-one. Sarah Tew/CNET

Instead, the $749 A600 we ran through the CNET Lab has few of those advanced options. It features a relatively spare configuration, and trades on the attraction of a large screen for an uncommonly low price. The problem comes by way of Averatec, whose year-old 21.5-inch all-in-one received a significant price drop recently, going from $1,300 at launch to $749 now. It's also faster than the Lenovo system on every benchmark.

If you go to Lenovo's Web site, you can find other A600 configurations, including some with the motion remote, a Blu-ray drive, and other features that improve its outlook. But if you encounter the $749 model and find its 21.5-inch screen tempting, we encourage you to keeping shopping for an even better deal from Averatec.

Read our review of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A600.