A beautiful new screen for the Lenovo A730

A new, high-resolution display option, gives Lenovo's other 27-inch all-in-one a competitive jolt.

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Rich Brown

Executive Editor / Reviews - Home and Wellness

Rich moved his family from Brooklyn to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013 to start CNET's Appliances and Smart Home review team, which includes the CNET Smart Home, the CNET Smart Apartment, and the Appliances Review lab. Before moving to Louisville, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D-printed guns to Z-Wave smart locks.

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LAS VEGAS--The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 was a flagship product for Lenovo last year, adding a relatively polished-looking design to Lenovo's sometimes clunky all-in-one desktop line. The updated 27-inch A730, announced today, brings that same design, along with an option for a truly competitive high-resolution screen.

Prior to the A730, only the Apple iMac and the Dell XPS One 27 had 27-inch displays with a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution. That high resolution is now an option for the IdeaCentre A730.

The other components in the A730 keep it from competing with those other pixel-dense 27-inchers. The A730 does have an option for the Core i7 chip, and it will also get a bump to Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce 700-series graphics chips. But with a hard-drive limit of 1TB (with an 8GB solid-state caching drive option), and only 8GB of maximum system memory, the A730 won't match the more powerful, multiterabyte, 16GB RAM-equipped configurations of its competition.

Lenovo might counter that those competing PC don't recline to a full 90 degrees, and that that iMac lacks touch-screen input entirely. Those things are true, and those features do help put the A730 in a high-end, lifestyle product niche.

The challenge for Lenovo is that this system will start with a $1,499 price tag and only a standard 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution display when it hits the market in June. Lenovo has not specified the upgrade price for the higher-resolution display, but the Dell XPS One with a 2,560x1,440-pixel touch screen starts at $1,599. Lenovo could match that price for the high-resolution upgrade. If not, you will have to really prioritize lifestyle computing over a gorgeous screen.

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