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Lenovo, who we all know for their popular ThinkPad and IdeaPad notebooks also has a complete line of All-in-One PC systems. Today we are taking a look at one from their Essential Series, the C325 All-in-One. This system features an AMD E450 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 500GB of disk space, WiFi and much more. Did I mention all of this is inside of a 20-inch display? Since the entire system is basically just a display it makes it perfect for an office, bedroom, or even your kitchen. Read on to see what this system is all about! The C325 comes in a nice large box with a picture of the unit on the front. The back is the same of the front but there is a sticker on the site with all of the information about the system inside. Getting everything out of the box we have a USB keyboard, USB mouse, power adapter, pass-through audio cable, drivers CD and user's guide. To give you a good idea of how the C325 All-in-One comes and for a brief overview check out our unboxing and overview video below.
It's always nice when PC makers cram above-average components into budget-friendly, space-saving, energy-efficient machines. This is not one of those machines, however. The Lenovo C325 all-in-one PC costs just $499 (as of April 10, 2012), but this is definitely a case of "you get what you pay for." Our review model came with an AMD E-450 processor, which explains the system's performance scores--though the dual-core E-450 packs decent integrated HD graphics, this processor is designed for small laptops and netbooks. The C325 also has 4GB of RAM, 500GB of hard-drive space, and built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and it runs the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Performance The C325's performance is fairly weak. On PCWorld's WorldBench 7 benchmark tests, this all-in-one posted a measly score of 45, which means that it's about 55 percent slower than our testing model. Of course, our testing model has a desktop-class processor (an Intel Core i5-2500K), but that's no excuse--45 is one of the lowest WorldBench 7 scores we've seen. Graphics performance on the C325 is nearly nonexistent, too. The integrated AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics hardware is okay for casual multimedia consumption, but not much else.
The Lenovo C325 ($499 list) is a basic all-in-one desktop PC for those that would rather have a bigger screen than portability. Its energy-saving processor is sufficient for Web surfing duties, and the system's utility is higher than the relatively modest price tag suggests. It is basic computing through and through, but it is certainly sufficient for regular users. The C325 follows the bent arm and floating screen design for all-in-one PCs. The system is built into the screen, with a single hinge connected to the arm-shaped stand. The screen floats over the base of the stand, which gives the user a handy spot to stow the wired keyboard. The C325's color scheme is fairly neutral, glossy black plastic on the bezel, with a silver mesh below covering the front-firing speakers. The system' screen is a 20-inch model with a 1,600 by 900 resolution. 1,600 by 900 will display 720p HD (1,280 by 720), but not full 1080p (1,920 by 1,080). While this would be a problem in a sub $1,000 all-in-one, at the $500 price point it's merely an inconvenience. The system is certainly capable of YouTube HD videos at 720p native or 1080p scaled down. On its own, the C325's built-in 0.3-megapixel webcam is unremarkable.
The all-in-one form factor presents an interesting use case: it required much of the same external setup as a desktop, but uses laptop parts in most cases and has the same resistance to expansion. The most obviously attractive quality of the all-in-one is that it allows for comfortable desktop-style use while being “easy” - just plug in a mouse and keyboard and you're good to go. With the iMac occupying the top end and various HP and Lenovo consumer models grabbing space just below, there's room for a low-cost option: Lenovo's $599 C325. As far as the hardware goes, the C325 is a good-looking if not overly showy model. A mostly plastic casing is accented by a full metal base, helping to keep the considerable weight of the screen and components in check. Much to my surprise, the glossy case contrasts with a matte LCD screen – a definite boon to those who operate in bright offices or homes. The 1600x900 resolution is appreciated, and not often seen in a 20-inch panel - though the much-advertised multi-touch option doesn't seem to be available yet. Under the metaphorical hood lies The AMD E-450, a dual-core 1.65Ghz processor that should handle the standard web browsing, email, and light media of the vast majority of business and consumer users, but will be ill-fitted to advanced tasks.