Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z

The Good Lenovo's ThinkCentre Edge 91z has an uncommonly attractive design and offers respectable performance for a business-oriented all-in-one.

The Bad Look elsewhere for a home office PC that will serve double duty as a gaming or home entertainment system.

The Bottom Line For those interested in a good-looking, fast midrange all-in-one, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z will fit in easily in any home office. Just don't ask it to do too much outside of its straitlaced business purview.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 7.0
6.9 Overall

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Review

Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z

I don't normally write about desktops for business users, but the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z has enough design and performance appeal to draw in home office workers, or even general consumers looking for a relatively clean-looking Windows all-in-one. This system is missing some common consumer-oriented bells and whistles; no surprise given its business leanings. For those looking for a no-frills all-in-one that is both fast and affordable, the ThinkCentre Edge 91z offers a reasonable alternative to traditional consumer PCs. Just note that other vendors offer all-in-ones with better-rounded configurations for just a few dollars more.

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z's design is not on a par with that of Apple's iMac, HP's TouchSmart 600 line, or Samsung's Series 7 all-in-one, but the Lenovo's clean-lined shape and glossy black plastic sheen give it an air of professionalism. You'll find no extraneous accent plastic or other distracting or arbitrary exterior highlights. The plastic feet on the front of the system look tacked on, but otherwise, this system has more visual appeal than many other all-in-ones.

Its lack of a touch screen also makes the ThinkCentre Edge 91z an outlier among midrange all-in-ones. Given the digital media orientation of most pure consumer touch-screen desktops, it's reasonable for Lenovo to have left it off a system aimed at more business-minded users. The absence of a touch screen might hurt the appeal of this system to home office workers who would want it for both work and more demanding digital entertainment tasks. But even in that multiuse case scenario, I'm not convinced that touch-screen input is an integral-enough feature to turn off would-be purchasers.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,149
  • Brand Lenovo
  • Type 2nd Gen Core i5
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Professional
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Diagonal Size 21.5 in
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