The Good High-resolution 21.5-inch LCD; semiuseful facial recognition software; replaceable memory, hard drive, and optical drive.
The Bad Faster large-screen all-in-one available from Averatec for the same price; clunky design can pinch fingers.
The Bottom Line The heart of Lenovo's IdeaCentre A600 is in the right place, offering a 21.5-inch LCD-based all-in-one for less than $800. But a faster competitor and a careless design turns us off from this particular A600 configuration. You might consider a different A600 build if you can live with the design, but we can't recommend the $749 version.
Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 3011
Our $749 Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 review unit comes with a 21.5-inch LCD, but Lenovo also sells a variety of other A600 configurations, including a lower-end model with the same display for $679. You might look into the $679 version for pure screen-size-for-your-buck, but our $749 review unit compares too closely with a faster, year-old all-in-one from Averatec. Next to its competitor, which is still available at mainstream retailers, it's hard for us to recommend the IdeaCentre A600 at this price.
We actually started this review with a better impression of the IdeaCentre A600, since no other first tier PC vendor offers even a 20-inch LCD for less than $1,000, let alone a 21.5-inch model. Then we remembered our review of the year-old Averatec All-in-One, also with a 21.5-inch screen. We didn't love that system when it debuted at $1,300. However, in the year since its release, Averatec has dropped the price to $749 at Best Buy, and bumped the RAM up to 3GB.